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We are interested in how the cortical cytoskeleton controls the function of the plasma membrane by influencing its
properties and by partitioning and organizing its components and interacting factors. We aim to understand, how
small signaling units and large multiprotein assemblies are dynamically formed, how their composition is adapted to
environmental and developmental changes and how the temporal and spatial coordination fo these processes
provides the biophysical local environment necessary to generate an appropriate response to extracellular cues. To
this end, we develop and apply single molecule and superresolution microscopy approaches and combine them with
computational analysis to study the septin cytskeleton and the assembly and function of the axon initial segment.
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