King’s College London (KCL)

Short name: KCL
Full name: King’s College London
Address: Strand, WC2R 2LS, London, United Kingdom

Principal investigator/contact: Dr. Sergi Garcia Manyes

King’s College London (KCL) is one of the 20-top universities in the world. The single molecule mechanics side of the Project will be conducted in the Department of Physics and the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, thus guaranteeing the feasibility of the Project both from the biological side and also from the technical part, involving the single molecule experiments. The interplay between the physics and biology-led parts of the research ensures the success of the project, in line with the interdisciplinary ethos of the overall Project.

Team Leader, Dr. Sergi Garcia Manyes graduated in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona in 2000 and in 2001 he finished his MS in Analytical Chemistry. In 2005 he obtained his PhD degree from the Department of Physical Chemistry (University of Barcelona) in the group of Nanobioscience under the supervision of Prof. Fausto Sanz. From 2005-2011 he held a postdoctoral research position in the laboratory of Prof. Julio Fernandez at Columbia University in the City of New York. In 2011 he established his independent research group at King’s College London, first as a tenured Lecturer and then (2014) as a Reader in Biophysics. His laboratory focuses on the understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which individual proteins equilibrate under the effect of a constant force, which is a major challenge in modern physics, chemistry and biology. As a research output, he has published 42 SCI-indexed journal papers and has an h-index = 21, 1,296 citations (according to ISI Web of Science).