Professor Jamie Hobbs

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My research interests are in three main areas: Biological physics, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) instrument development, and Polymer Physics. If you find anything of interest on these pages, feel free to contact me.




Post-Doctoral Research Associates

Dr. Nic Mullin

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My research is based around instrument development for scanning probe microscopy for the study of soft matter and biological systems. The aims of my work are to gain a deeper understanding of these systems by increasing the spatial and temporal resolution of SPM methods and exploiting different contrast mechanisms to reveal different types of information. Key techniques for my work are torsional resonance AFM and the recently developed torsional tapping AFM. I am also interested in near-field optical techniques.


Dr. Sandip Kumar

I am studying membrane proteins in their native state using scanning probe microscopy. The aim is to attain high resolution topographic images of proteins in membranes which can help in determining their structure function relationships.


PhD Students

Paul Chapman

My project is to study and control the interaction of membrane proteins with polymer brushes. This is part of the EPSRC Programme Grant "Low Dimensional Chemistry", with Prof Graham Leggett, Chemistry.

Andy Lee

My Project uses a combination of high speed and torsional tapping AFM to directly interrogate the interaction of the E.coli protein Recombinase A with complex DNA nanoarchitectures. With a view to better understanding how we can manipulate this interaction to bio-template nano-circuits. I am jointly supervised by Prof. Christoph Wälti, Bioelectronics (University of Leeds) and funded through the EPSRC CDT for Molecular Scale Engineering.


Stephen Jackson

My project is study the structure of water at solid-liquid interfaces and how it varies with differing surface chemistries. I am supported by the CDT for Molecular Scale Engineering and am working in collaboration with Dr Lorna Dougan, University of Leeds, and Prof Graham Leggett, Chemistry.

Jonathan Burns

My project is to develop a direct single molecule imaging technique with torsional tapping AFM and to apply this to imaging membrane protein function in bacteria. I am jointly supervised by Professor Simon Foster from the MBB department and Dr David Brockwell from the Molecular and Cellular Biology department in Leeds as part of the White Rose studentship network.


Lamiaa Alharbe

My project is to study the polymers crystallisation using Atomic Force Microscopy. My second supervisor is Prof. Mark Geoghegan.

David Owen

Using atomic force microscopy and super resolution optical microscopy I hope to better understand the surface peptidoglycan layer of Staphylococcus aureus in order to better understand the bacterium’s life cycle. I am jointly supervised by Prof. Simon Foster, MBB.

Raveen Kaur Tank

My project involves using both AFM and STORM to study bacteria cell wall and how surface proteins self organize. I will be doing this by integrating AFM and STORM to make STORM Force. Bringing the two techniques together produces and instrument capable of functional imaging and property mapping at the molecular scale.


Nick Jenkins

My project is to investigate the nature and mechanical properties of cancer using atomic force microscopy based techniques. I am part of the Molecular Scale Engineering CDT based in Sheffield and Leeds, funded by the ESPRC. My secondary supervisor is Professor Nicola J Brown from the department of oncology.