Short CV/Education and training

Education and training

  • 2000 – 2002
    Studies in Physics, pre-diploma ("Vordiplom") on 08.04.2002, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2001 – 2002
    Research assistant in the group of Prof. J. Langowski, project "Studies on the Thermal Denaturation of DNA and Mononucleosome", German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2002 – 2003
    M.Sc. in Physics on 12.06.2003 (Thesis: "Photoelectron Spectroscopic Study of Iron Phthalocyanine on Copper (111)"), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

  • 2003 – 2006
    Ph.D. in Physics on 04.12.2006, with honors (summa cum laude), University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany


  • 2003 – 2006
    Research assistant and PhD student in the group of Prof. J. Spatz, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, and Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research, Dept. New Materials and Biosystems, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 2007
    Postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. J. Spatz, Biophysical Chemistry, Institute for Physical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2007 – 2008
    Studies in University Pedagogics, Academic degree Adjunktpædagogikum

  • 2008 – 2009
    Maternity leave

  • 2007 – 2009
    Postdoctoral fellow at the Optical Tweezer Group, Prof. Lene Oddershede, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark; supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

  • 2009 – 2010
    Postdoctoral fellow at the Zoological Institute, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany

  • 2010 – 2011
    Assistant professor (W1) for Biocompatible Nanomaterials and Emmy Noether junior group leader at the Institute for Materials Science, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany

  • Since 2011
    Associate professor (W2 with tenure) for Biocompatible Nanomaterials at the Institute for Materials Science, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany

  • 2014
    (summer) Visiting scientist at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2015
    (summer) Visiting scientist at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2016
    (summer) Visiting scientist at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • since 2017
    Spokesperson of the Research Training Group RTG2154 "Materials for Brain"

Selected publications

  • L. F. Kadem, K. G. Suana, M. Holz, W. Wang, H. Westerhaus, R. Herges, C. Selhuber-Unkel (2017): High Frequency Mechanostimulation of Cell Adhesion. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56: 225-229.

  • C. Lamprecht, M. Taale, I. Paulowicz, H. Westerhaus, C. Grabosch, A. Schuchardt, M. Mecklenburg, M. Böttner, R. Lucius, K. Schulte, R. Adelung, C. Selhuber-Unkel (2016): A tunable scaffold of microtubular graphite for 3D cell growth. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8:14980-14985.

  • L. F. Kadem, M. Holz, K. G. Suana, Q. Li, C. Lamprecht, R. Herges, C. Selhuber-Unkel (2016): Rapid Reversible Photoswitching of Integrin-mediated Adhesion at the Single-Cell Level. Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201504394.

  • J. F. Reverey, J.-H. Jeon, H. Bao, M. Leippe, R. Metzler and C. Selhuber-Unkel (2015): Superdiffusion dominates intracellular particle motion in the supercrowded cytoplasm of pathogenic Acanthamoeba castellanii. Scientific Reports, 5: 11690.

  • L. F. Kadem, C. Lamprecht, J. Purtov, C. Selhuber-Unkel (2015): Controlled Self-Assembly of Hexagonal Nanoparticle Patterns on Nanotopographies. Langmuir, 31(34): 9261-9265.

  • Y. Nazirizadeh, J. Reverey, U. Geyer, U. Lemmer, C. Selhuber-Unkel, M. Gerken (2013): Material-based three-dimensional imaging with nanostructured surfaces. Applied Physics Letters, 102: 011116.

  • Jeon, J.-H., Tejedor, V., Burov, S., Barkai, E., Selhuber-Unkel, C., Berg-Sorensen, K., Oddershede, L., and Metzler, R. In vivo anomalous diffusion and weak ergodicity breaking of lipid granules. Physical Review Letters (2011), 106, 048103.

  • Münter, S.*, Sabass, B.*, Selhuber-Unkel, C.*, Kudryashev, M., Hegge, S., Engel, U. Spatz, J. P., Matuschewski, K., Schwarz, U. S. and Frischknecht, F. Malaria parasite motility is modulated by the turnover of discrete adhesion sites. Cell Host & Microbe (2009), 6(6), 551-562.

  • Selhuber-Unkel, C., López-García, M., Kessler, H., Spatz, J. P. Cooperativity in Adhesion Cluster Formation during Initial Cell Adhesion. Biophysical Journal (2008), 95, 5424-5431.

  • Selhuber-Unkel, C., Zins, I., Schubert, O., Sönnichsen, C., Oddershede, L. B. Quantitative optical trapping of single gold nanorods. Nano Letters (2008), 8(9), 2998-3003.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC Proof of Concept Grant 2018, project title "STRAINSTIFF"

  • Research Training Group "Materials for Brain" (

  • ERC Proof of Concept Grant 2017, project title "CHANNELMAT"

  • ERC Starting Grant 2013, project title "CellInspired"

  • Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), 2013

  • Grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG), Major Research Instrumentation (Atomic Force Microscope)

  • Project "Switchable cell adhesion", SFB 677 "Function by Switching" (2011-2015)

  • Emmy Noether Fellowship (DFG, 2010-2015)

  • Postdoc stipend from the German Academy of Science Leopoldina, 05/2007 – 08/2009

  • PhD stipend from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, 04/2004 – 08/2006

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Society of Biophysics (DGfB) and vice spokesperson of the section "Cellular Biophysics"

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Helmholtz – Virtual Institute MetBioMat (since 2012)

  • Member of the steering board , Excellence cluster initiative "Materials for Life" at the University of Kiel (2011)

  • German Young Scientists competition (jugend forscht), Reviewer in German (2011) and Bavarian (since 2004) finals

  • German Network of Young Scientists (juFORUM), Co-Founder (2000), president (2002 – 2004)

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