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Saric Group

Computational Soft and Living Matter

How do lifeless molecules create living organisms? How can such processes fail, resulting in diseases? At the intersection of soft matter physics, molecular cell biology, and physical chemistry, the Saric group studies physical mechanisms behind non-equilibrium self-organization of biomolecules in healthy and diseased states.

Currently, the group is focused on investigating the physical principles of cellular reshaping and cell division across evolution, and on the formation of pathological protein aggregates in the context of neurodegenerative diseases. Saric group develops computational models rooted in soft matter and statistical physics, which are powerful in traversing scales and investigating collective phenomena. The group closely collaborates with experimental colleagues on a range of systems, from synthetic set-ups to living cells.

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Current Projects

Non-equilibrium protein assembly: from building blocks to biological machines | The evolution of trafficking: from archaea to eukaryotes | Rational design of cell-reshaping elements | Collagen assembly: from molecules to fibrils | Amyloid aggregation: Inhibition of self-replication and membrane-mediated control


Toprakcioglu Z, Kamada A, Michaels TCT, Xie M, Krausser J, Wei J, Šarić A, Vendruscolo M, Knowles TPJ. 2022. Adsorption free energy predicts amyloid protein nucleation rates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 119(31), e2109718119. View

Palaia I, Šarić A. 2022. Controlling cluster size in 2D phase-separating binary mixtures with specific interactions. The Journal of Chemical Physics. 156(19), 194902. View

Palaia I, Goyal A, Del Gado E, Šamaj L, Trizac E. 2022. Like-charge attraction at the nanoscale: Ground-state correlations and water destructuring. Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 126(16), 3143–3149. View

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ReX-Link: Anđela Šarić


since 2022 Assistant Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2016 – Present Associate Professor of Physics, University College London, UK
2013 – 2016 HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow and Emmanuel College Junior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK
2013 PhD, Columbia University in New York, USA

Selected Distinctions

2022 Biophysical Society Paper of the Year Award
2021 EMBO Young Investigator Award
2018 ERC Starting Grant
2017 Royal Society University Research Fellowship
2013 HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowship
2013 The Hammet outstanding PhD Thesis Award, Columbia University

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