Frank presented the Quantum Life Science Moonshot. What are the major global challenges that will drive the future of research and innovation for the next few decades? Where is the UK best placed to lead groundbreaking innovation that will have truly significant impact? UKRI is looking to identify bold, ambitious, and transformative ideas for moonshots across the research and innovation landscape.
ISC High Performance
Katya recently presented her work on decoding biosensor signals using supercomputers at the ISC 2023 conference in Hamburg. She discussed parallelization strategies in computational chemistry code and how these simulations can be helpful in the life sciences.
SWBio poster award
Matt received an award at the SWBio Annual Student Conference for his research poster on probing conformational thermodynamics of enzyme turnover by optoplasmonics. Congratulations, Matt!
Next Career Move
Deshui will lead his own research group at the NTSC – National Time Service Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences! Congratulations to our theory grandmaster on this wonderful position!
Best poster award
Kalani received an award for the best research poster at the WOMA 2022 conference! Congratulations, Kalani!
Vollmerlab PhD student, Callum Jones, recently won the 2nd prize for his presentation at the university postgraduate research conference. Congratulations, Callum!
Another successful PhD viva
After a 3 hour examination online via Zoom, Siva successfully defended his thesis. Well done Siva!
LSI Christmassy Desk Competition
Monika is the winner of the 2020 LSI Christmassy desk competition with her inventive optics lab themed xmas tree.
Optical Whispering Gallery Modes for Biosensing
New book written by Frank Vollmer and Deshui Yu, explaining the fundamentals of optical whispering gallery modes. It is suitable for an interdisciplinary readership comprised of physicists, bioengineers and medical professionals.
Click here to purchase a copy!
JADE High Performance Computing Resources
Our research group has been granted access to JADE (a Tier 2 supercomputer) for the new BooLeaN project, which aims to understand the Biophysics of Life at the Nanoscale using AI computer vision techniques.
Vollmerlab received a BBSRC Pioneer Award titled Optical single-molecule dynamometer that measures work and force of active enzymes.
Rosalind Franklin Medal
Frank Vollmer recently received a prestigious award from the Institute of Physics for his distinguished contributions to biosensing with optical microcavities. The single-molecule technique enables groundbreaking advances in how we use light to study biomolecules and their biochemical reactions.
CES best poster award
Samir won the award for best poster at the CES 2022 conference. CES (Cavity Enhanced Spectroscopy) is a biennial international meeting that brings together the community of physicists, chemists, atmospheric scientists, and engineers who work in the broad area of cavity enhanced spectroscopy and its many applications. Congratulations, Samir!
WOMA 2022 digest
Our Woma co defence had a record turnout of 263 online attendees around the world. Next Woma 2024 will be held in New Zealand. See you there!
Physics of Life
This month we had a highly successful Physics of Life workshop, which brought together early career researchers to discuss everything molecular mechanics!
Image credit: Mathis Riehle.
Next Career Move
Jolly is making a quantum jump after more than 5 years in the Vollmerlab! Congratulations Prof Xavier for the career progression to the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
G22 Physics Lab
We officially opened our new G22 lab in physics… including ribbon, new ideas and exceptional researchers!
Successful PhD viva
Congratulations to Serge, who just passed the viva and became the first graduated PhD in the Vollmerlab Exeter!
Paper accepted by Nature Communications
Serge's paper on reversible disulphide interactions was recently published in Nature communications. What a great achievement! Click here to read the full paper.
Katya was presented with an award for the best contributed talk at the IONS 2019 conference. Well done, Katya!