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Martin Lindén


Phone: +46 8 16 4186


Room: K 309

Theoretical and computational biophysics

My mission statement is to apply theoretical and computational methods from statistics, mechanics, and statistical mechanics to solve outstanding problems in the interface between biology, chemistry and physics. Since July 1 2014, I am affiliated with the Elf lab at Uppsala university.


  • 2014-06-18: paper accepted. "Membrane Remodeling Capacity of a Vesicle-inducing Glycosyltransferase" by Changrong Ge, Jordi Gómez-Llobregat, Marcin Skwark, Jean-Marie Ruysschaert, Åke Wieslander, and Martin Lindén accepted for publication in FEBS journal.
  • 2014-06-11: paper accepted. "Multiple Lac-mediated loops revealed by Bayesian statistics and tethered particle motion" by Stephanie Johnson, Jan-Willem van de Meent, Rob Phillips, and Chris H. Wiggins, and Martin Lindén accepted for publication in Nucleic Acids Research. Preprint: http://arxiv.org/abs/1402.0894. software: sourceforge.net/projects/vbtpm/
  • 2014-02-12: paper with Federico Elías Wolff. "The emergence of the rescue effect from explicit within- and between-patch dynamics in a metapopulation" in print at Proc. R. Soc. B 7 April 2014 vol. 281 no. 1780 20133127.

Research interests

  • Crowding and lipid-protein interactions in membranes. Cell membranes are stuffed full of proteins. I am interested in ways to understand how this crowdedness influences protein functions and membrane organization. One potential example of this is the membrane associated protein mono-glucosyldiacylglycerol synthase (MGS), which causes massive formation of internal vesicles when over-expressed in E. coli. We collaborate with the Wieslander lab at DBB in order to understand how this comes about, and if the phenomenon can be optimized for biotechnical applications.
  • Statistical analysis of single molecule time series. Observing the machinery of molecular biology one molecule at a time can generate new insights into the mechanisms of many processes. However, technical limitations and the inherent randomness of low copy number chemistry and Brownian motion lead to noisy and stochastic data, which is not always easy to interpret. We collaborate with single molecule experimentalists to improve this state of affairs, by using methods from statistical physics and machine learning to analyze single molecule time series.

Selected Publications

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Funding Sources


I am currently funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundations and the Center for Biomembrane Research, and have previously received support from the Royal Institute of Technology, the Swedish Fulbright Commission, and the foundations of the Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Doing basic research driven by curiosity is a pleasure and a privilege. Thank you!


Jordi Gómez


+46 8 16 2470
A 469

Federico Elias Wolff

PhD Student

+46 8 16 2778

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