molecular microscopy


The "Molecular Microscopy Research Group" is part of the "Single-molecule Biophysics"-unit at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (Physics, University of Groningen, The Netherlands). We follow a question-driven approach to understand mechanistic aspects of membrane transport proteins such as ABC transporters linking their structure with function. Our main tools are fluorescence and single-molecule microscopy (confocal & epi-fluorescence/TIRF), Förster-resonance energy-transfer as well localization-based super-resolution imaging (STORM/PALM). We are further active in developing photostable and switchable fluorescent probes as well as (single-molecule) assays to characterize (bio)chemical processes and structures. If you are interested in our activities, have a look in the research section, the job pages or directly get in touch with Thorben Cordes.
Contact: Molecular Microscopy Research Group, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands; +31-(0)-50-363-3385 (secretary) or -4165 (fax); e-mail: t.m.cordes(AT)

Latest News

10 / 2015

Big changes ahead: coming and leaving

One of the first lab members is leaving the group after 4 years of exciting research – farewell to Evelyn – we wish you all the best for your future in Don Lamb’s group at LMU Munich in Germany! More people leaving: Sarah Henrikus, Marijn de Boer and Kostas Tassis all succesfully finished their master thesis. Sarah returns to Germany (at least for now) but luckily Marijn, Kostas and another new student from China (Yichen Li) start their PhD in the lab…

09 / 2015

Several new papers coming soon…

… that are in press at Journal of Physics D, Faraday Discussions and Biochemical Society Transactions – watch out and congrats to almost all group members!

07 / 2015

Goodbye and farewell…

… to a bunch of successful students: Matthijs, Si & Anisah who are all done with their thesis! Congrats and thank you very much for your contributions…