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Christoph Schmidt’s group in the Department of Physics at Duke University is focused on molecular and cellular biophysics, studying the mechanics and dynamics of living systems on all levels, from single molecules, via biomacromolecular assemblies such as cytoskeletal filaments, virus particles or primary cilia, to the physical properties of cells and tissues. A particular interest lies on the non-equilibrium statistical physics of “active matter” in biology and on mechanosensory phenomena in cells. Experimental approaches include light and fluorescence microscopy, optical trapping, atomic force microscopy, micro- and macrorheology. Pioneering projects at the interface between physics and medicine are currently developed.