About Leif Matsson

Leif Matsson (LM) received a PhD (1971) and became a docent (1975) in theoretical elementary particle physics at Gothenburg University (GU). In 1974 he became a Nordita Fellow at the Niels Bohr institute in Copenhagen in Denmark, and in 1975 Fellow at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked on different quantum field theory subjects such as quantum chromo-dynamics (QCD) for strong interaction of quarks. However, at that time dual models and string theories were thought to be better candidates for strong interaction than QCD. Erwin Schroedingers book “What is life?” lead LM to also study molecular biology and further to 1978 start a pharmaceutical company which he developed and sold successfully 1998. During these years he also made research in biological physics and served as half-time associate professor at the institute for biomedicine at GU. At the 4th International Conference in Biological Physics (ICBP) 2001 in Kyoto, he was asked to arrange the 5th ICBP conference to be held at GU and Chalmers in Gothenburg 2004, Sweden. LM now works on DNA replication, chromatin condensation and the dynamics underlying the so-called spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) that controls cell division. These areas overlap with his other interests, such as in condensed matter physics, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, polymer physics and nonlinear dynamics.

Research areas: Spindle assembly checkpoint and cell division Condensation and higher order folding of chromatin by condensin Tension and stretch in kinetochores and chromatin Anaphase entry and chromosome separation Comparison of normal and cancerous cell division Relationship between in vivo DNA dynamics and single DNA molecule stretching Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics Spontaneous symmetry breakdown in condensed matter (alive or inanimate) and particle physics.

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