Alexandra Ros

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A novel free-flow protein purification technique based on isoelectric electrophoresis is presented, where the proteins are purified in solution without the need of carrier ampholytes. The gist of the method is to flow protein solutions under an immobilised pH gradient gel (IPG) through which an electric field is applied perpendicular to the direction of the(More)
The trapping or immobilization of individual cells at specific locations in microfluidic platforms is essential for single cell studies, especially those requiring cell stimulation and downstream analysis of cellular content. Selectivity for individual cell types is required when mixtures of cells are analyzed in heterogeneous and complex matrices, such as(More)
Photosynthesis, a process catalysed by plants, algae and cyanobacteria converts sunlight to energy thus sustaining all higher life on Earth. Two large membrane protein complexes, photosystem I and II (PSI and PSII), act in series to catalyse the light-driven reactions in photosynthesis. PSII catalyses the light-driven water splitting process, which(More)
Jan-Ulrich Kreft, Caroline M. Plugge, Volker Grimm, Clara Prats, Johan H. J. Leveau, Thomas Banitz, Stephen Baines, James Clark, Alexandra Ros, Isaac Klapper, Chris J. Topping, Anthony J. Field, Andrew Schuler, Elena Litchman, and Ferdi L. Hellweger Centre for Systems Biology, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT,(More)
Changes in the elastic properties of single deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules in the presence of different DNA-binding agents are identified using atomic force microscope single molecule force spectroscopy. We investigated the binding of poly(dG-dC) dsDNA with the minor groove binder distamycin A, two supposed major groove binders, an alpha-helical and(More)
Single cell analytics for proteomic analysis is considered a key method in the framework of systems nanobiology which allows a novel proteomics without being subjected to ensemble-averaging, cell-cycle, or cell-population effects. We are currently developing a single cell analytical method for protein fingerprinting combining a structured microfluidic(More)
Protein dielectrophoresis (DEP) has the potential to play an important role as a manipulation, fractionation, preconcentration, and separation method in bioanalysis and as manipulation tool for nanotechnological applications. The first demonstrations of protein DEP have been reported almost 20 years ago. Since then various experimental realizations to(More)
Control of surface properties in microfluidic systems is an indispensable prerequisite for successful bioanalytical applications. Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microfluidic devices are hampered from unwanted adsorption of biomolecules and lack of methods to control electroosmotic flow (EOF). In this paper, we propose different strategies to coat PDMS(More)
Carbon electrodes have recently been introduced as an alternative to metal electrodes and insulator structures for dielectrophoretic applications. Here, an experimental and theoretical study employing an array of 3D carbon electrodes contained in a microfluidic channel for the dielectrophoretic manipulation of DNA is presented. First evidence that(More)
The ability to detect and quantify proteins of individual cells in high throughput is of enormous biological and clinical relevance. Most methods currently in use either require the measurement of large cell populations or are limited to the investigation of few cells at a time. In this report, we present the combination of a polydimethylsiloxane-based(More)