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Plasma Life Science

This department deals with issues involving the effect of cold atmospheric pressure plasma on biological material. This material can be microorganisms, eukaryotic cells or also tissue. Newer approaches use micro-algae to test the plasma technology for use in the biopharmaceutical sector. In the microbiological area, primarily this involves inactivation of bacteria in various environments. In the area of cell biology this involves modulation of cell metabolism via plasma to underpin the clinical application or to develop new applications. Moreover, new plasma sources are tested relative to their biological effectiveness or antimicrobial effectiveness, with standardized tests. 

TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT

Laboratories that are equipped for all major microbiological tasks, e.g. with spiral platers, sterile workbenches, spectrophotometer, fluorescence microscope. The plasma sources that will be tested can be connected to the building's gas supply

Laboratories that are equipped for cell culture technology. Moreover, they are equipped for execution of protein assays, such as western blots (also protein simple WesTM, Elisas, surface plasmon resonance analysis (Biacore), 1D and 2D gel-electrophoresis.

Expertise and equipment for execution of genetic engineering tasks on the S2 level. In addition to gene transfer systems, this also includes real-time PCR, micro arrays and thermocyclers. 

Expertise and equipment for execution of histological investigations, including preparation of thin tissue sections (cryo and paraffin) and fluorescence microscopy. Moreover, the department has an atomic force microscope and a desktop scanning electron microscope. 

Expertise and equipment for investigation of pulsed electrical fields on biological systems, including electroporator with cuvette stand and pulse generator in the Blumlein configuration.