Welcome to the biophysics of ageing research group. We are interested what happens to both cells and tissue during the process of ageing. In addition we are researching diseases related to old age including cancer and Alzheimer’s. Together with Dr Ewan St-John Smith at the University of Cambridge , we look at the biophysics of the Naked Mole Rat, an animal that has unusual ageing behaviour and disease resistance. For more information on the naked mole rat see the naked mole rat initiative

We work closely with the Sarcoma research group led by the clinician-academic Kenneth Rankin to look at biophysical processes associated with cancer progression, including invasion and metastasis. Much of our work is based in the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

Our expertise is in soft matter physics of biomolecules including phospholipids, proteins, extracellular matrix molecules and carbohydrates. We use a range of tissue culture/cell biology techniques in addition to force spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations.

I am very much a hands on scientist and spend much of my time in the lab.  If you would like to join the group as either a PhD student or postdoc please send me an email at daniel.frankel@newcastle.ac.uk.

Daniel Frankel