Particles-Biology Interactions Lab

Our laboratory enables particle-based solutions for diagnostics and therapeutics driven by clinical needs. We are active in characterizing, understanding and steering the interaction of particulate materials with human cells or tissues and provide expertise in the interdisciplinary field of particulate materials safety and applications for industry or authorities.

We are a highly motivated team of biologists and chemists with core competences in cell- and molecular biology, material science and chemistry. We pioneered investigations on particle bio-functionalization, particles uptake, accumulation, translocation across biological barriers and their bio-responses. With this we provide key contributions to novel strategies of particles design for drug delivery, imaging or diagnosis.


Kyrena Schäpper

Kyrena Schäpper
Assistant to Head of Particles-Biology Interactions Lab

Phone: +41 58 765 7664

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Graphene has been hailed as the material of the future. As yet, however, little is known about whether and how graphene affects our health if it gets into the body. A team of researchers from Empa and the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) in Fribourg have now conducted the first studies on a three-dimensional lung model to examine the behavior of graphene and graphene-like materials once they have been inhaled... more provides answers about nanomaterials


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