Kavli hosts first user symposium for home-grown mass measurement technology

The Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery hosted the world’s first symposium for users of cutting-edge mass photometry technology – a novel approach to measure the mass of biomolecules that was developed by Kavli researchers.

The event, which we co-organised with University of Oxford spin-out Refeyn, brought together about 50 mass photometry users from diverse fields, representing 19 universities and companies.

Participants had opportunities to discuss their work, share tips and ideas, and learn about the history of the technology and ongoing developments. The day involved presentations, posters, small-group discussions, and lab demos and tours.

Mass photometry uses light scattering to measure the mass of individual proteins and other biomolecules, and it has a wide range of biomolecular characterisation applications. Its development was led by Kavli INsD PIs Philipp Kukura and Justin Benesch, in collaboration with Weston Struwe.


By Catie Lichten

Since April 2021, Oxford University's KAVLI Institute for Nanoscience Discovery is proudly serving as a hub for research groups from seven different departments spanning both the medical and physical sciences, including Kukura, Benesch, and Struwe Groups from the Department of Chemistry.

Philipp Kukura and Justin Benesch at the Mass Photometry event.

 Philipp Kukura and Justin Benesch 


Photo of Emanuel Pfiztner doing a presentation at the mass photometry event.

Emanuel Pfitzner


Photo of Josh Bishop receiving the best poster award.

Josh Bishop