Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2017
    Junior group leader at Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany

  • Since 2013
    Junior Professorship in Biophysics (W1), Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany

  • 2011 – 2013
    Postdoctoral Position, Institut Curie, Paris, France

  • 2007 – 2011
    PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

  • 2007 – 2007
    Research Assistant, Biological and Soft Systems, Univ. of Cambridge, UK

  • 2000 – 2006
    Physics diploma, Changes in optical deformability during differentiation. Mark: 1.1, University of Leipzig, Germany

  • 2002 – 2003
    Academic foreign year (‘license’), Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

  • 2000
    Abitur (mark 1.5), Gymnasium Markranstädt, Germany

  • 1997 – 1998
    Diplôme d'études secondaires DES (High School diploma), L’école sécondaire Bernard Gariépy, Sorel-Tracy, Québec, Canada

Selected publications

  • C. J. Chan, A. E. Ekpenyong, S. Golfier, W. Li, K. J. Chalut, O. Otto., J. Elgeti, J. Guck, F. Lautenschläger (2015) Myosin II activity softens cells in suspension. Biophysical Journal 108(8): 1856-1869.

  • P. Maiuri, J.F. Rupprecht, S. Wieser, V. Ruprecht, O. Benichou, N. Carpi, M. Coppey, S. De Beco, N. Gov, C.P. Heisenberg, Large-Crespo, F. Lautenschläger, M. Le Berre, A. M. Lennon-Dumenil, M. Raab, H.R. Thiam, M. Piel, M. Sixt, and R. Voituriez (2015). Actin flows mediate a universal coupling between cell speed and cellular persistence. Cell 161(2): p. 374-386.

  • Y.-J. Liu, M. Le Berre, F. Lautenschläger, P. Maiuri, A. Callan Jones, T. Takaki, R. Voituriez, M. Piel (2015) Confinement in a non-adhesive environment induces fast amoeboid migration of slow mesenchymal cells. Cell 160(4): p. 659-672.

  • F. Lautenschläger, S. Paschke, S. Schinkinger, A. Bruelle, M.Beil, J.Guck. (2009) The regulatory role of cell mechanics for migration of differentiating myeloid cells. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (37): 15696-15701.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Role of actin and intermediate filaments in migration (especially in amoeboid cells), polarity, mechanics, adhesion, and force transmission

  • Actin and myosin complex in suspended versus adherent cells

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

General Interests & Responsibilities

  • Since 2014 Co-organization of the international conferences Physics of Cancer (Leipzig, every year) and the Physics of the cell (Saarbrücken, every 2nd year)

  • 2009 – 2011 Photolithography trainer in Nanoscience Center, Cambridge

  • 2001 – 2006 Organizing student festivals (carnival for physicists)

  • 2001 – 2003 Studnet self-organization (Fachschaftsrat)

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Other interests: My son (born 10.12.13), 2nd son (planned for the 5.07.2017) Music (playing violoncello solo and in various orchestras, singing in choir), sports (rock climbing, rowing, hiking, skiing), traveling


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