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Our research includes approaches of several disciplines: zoology, botany, structural biology, biomechanics, physics, and materials science. Using a wide variety of methods, the group studies mechanical systems and materials, which appeared in biological evolution. The research is mainly focused on biological surfaces specialised for enhancement or reduction of frictional or/and adhesive forces. Such surfaces are composed of highly-specialised materials and bear surface structures optimised for a particular function. Some of these systems employ secretory substances, modulating forces in the contact area.