Department of Applied Physics

Living Matter

The Living Matter research group is located at the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University. We develop our own experimental and analytical tools to probe the dynamics and flow in soft, living, and fluid materials.
Examples of previous research done by Prof. Backholm.

Current Focus

  • Swimming dynamics of micro- to mesoscale organisms
  • Biomechanics of tiny plant roots
  • Wetting and capillary phenomena

Group Leader: Prof. Matilda Backholm

Click these links for my contact details and full researcher profile. My public CV is attached below.

  • Tenure-track Assistant Professor (2022–), Dept. of Applied Physics, Aalto University.
  • Postdoc(2015–2017) and Academy of Finland postdoc (2017–2022), Aalto University.
  • PhD in Physics, McMaster University, Canada (2015).
  • MSc in Nanoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark (2011).
  • BSc in Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland (2009).

Identifiers: ORCID, WoS, Google scholar

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Research Highlights


Professor Matilda Backholm: Between the micro and the macro

Driven by curiosity, new Department of Applied Physics professor Matilda Backholm studies the physics of the mesoscale.

Professor Matilda Backholm facing the camera

When honey flows faster than water

Physicists surprised to find that in specially coated tubes, the more viscous a liquid is, the faster it flows

Droplet of honey in a superhydrophobic tube

Measuring forces of living cells and microorganisms

Force sensors to study living cells and microorganisms with extraordinary precision

A nematode worm held in a micropipette

Three Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher positions to HYBER CoE researchers

Matilda Backholm, Sesilja Aranko and Suvi Arola received funding from the Academy of Finland

All publications

More information on our research in the Research database.
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