Research Guides



We are an interdisciplinary research group that focusses on the development and application of new optical methodologies to study structure and dynamics down to nanometer length scales. Our research is motivated by a vigorous back and forth between pushing the boundaries of what we can measure with light and the application of our developments to fundamental questions in the life sciences. We are interested in a wide range of phenomena including protein-protein interactions, biomolecular self-assembly and mesoscopic dynamics at the molecular level. 


Selected Publications

1. Young G, Hundt N, Cole D, Fineberg A, Andrecka J, Tyler A, Olerinyova A, Ansari A,  Marklund EG, Collier MP, Chandler SA, Tkachenko O, Allen J, Crispin M, Billington N, Takagi Y, Sellers JR, Eichmann C, Selenko P, Frey L, Riek R, Galpin MR, Struwe WB, Benesch JLP, Kukura P. Quantitative mass imaging of single biological macromolecules. Science 2018 360: 423-327
2. Liebel M, Kukura P Lack of evidence for phase-only controlof retinal photoisomerization in the strict one-photon limit. Nat. Chemistry 2017 9: 45-59
3. Ortega-Arroyo J, Kukura P Non-fluorescent schemes for single molecule detection, imaging and spectroscopy. Nat. Photonics 2016 10:11-17
4. Musser AJ*, Liebel M*, Schnedermann C, Wende T, Kehoe TB, Rao A, Kukura P. Evidence for conical intersection dynamics mediating ultrafast singlet exciton fission. Nature Physics 2015 11:352–357



Professor Philipp Kukura


Professor of Chemistry

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Telephone: 44 (0) 1865 275401

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