Prof Martin Hegner
Email: martin.hegner AT tcd.ie
The scientific interests of Martin Hegner’s research group are focused on interdisciplinary research in the fields of single molecule manipulation, biophysics, bio-diagnostics and development and application of biological sensing devices. Currently, the teams’ interests are centred on biological nanomechanics that are explored firstly with single bio-molecule manipulation techniques, such as optical tweezers or scanning probe microscopy. His team are also developing novel cantilever array devices to enable label free diagnostics. With nanobiotechnology we have the capacity to translate laboratory research into products that will revolutionise healthcare.
Prof. Martin Hegner received MSc and PhD Life science degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in 1989 and 1994. He had post-doctoral appointments at the Institute of Physics University of Basel, Howard Hughes medical research laboratory in Eugene OR, and the University of California, Berkeley. He was appointed to the academic staff at the University of Basel in 1999, where he built up an interdisciplinary biophysics team in the department of Physics. In 1991 he received the venia docendi in experimental physics and became a fellow of the new National Center of Competence in Nanoscale Science Research in the University of Basel. In autumn 2007 he moved his research team to Trinity College Dublin to take up a position as Principal Investigator in CRANN, and Professor in the School of Physics.