Prof. Dr. Motomu Tanaka

Institute of Physical Chemistry Physical Chemistry of Biosystems Heidelberg University
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49 6221-54 4916
Fax:      +49 6221-54 4918


Physics of biological matter, physical chemistry of soft interfaces, quantitative modeling of diseases and development, functionalization of semiconductor devices for novel biomolecular electronics


SFB 873 TP B7, German-Japanese Alliance “Dynamics of Soft Matter Out of Equilibrium” (DFG), BioInterface Programm (Helmholtz Association), Single Project (Phospholipid Research Center), “SoftActive” (EU FP7)


2012–2013 Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, Kyoto University
2012 Scientific Committe, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
2010 External Advisory Board, Institute for Integrated Cell and Material Science, Kyoto University
2009–2012 Program Committe, Institute Laue Langevin
2001 Emmy Noether Fellow, German Science Foundation
1999 Postdoctoral Fellow, Humboldt Foundatione
1998 Postdoctoral Fellow, Japan Society for Promotion of Science
1997 International Mobility Fellowship, Finnish Academy
1997 Doctoral Fellowship, Japan Society of Promotion of Science

2013–present Research Professor (cross-appointment), Institute for Integrated Cell and Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University
2005-present Professor, Physical Chemistry of Biosystems, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Heidelberg University
2005 Habilitation in Experimental Physics, Technical University Munich
2004 Invited Lecturer, Department of Physics, Kyoto, University
2001–2005 Independent Group Leader (Emmy Noether Fellow), Department ofPhysics, Technical University Munich
2001 Invited Scholar, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
1998–2001 PostDoc, Department of Physics, Technical UniversityMunich, Germany
1995–1998 PhD, Department of Molecular Engineering, Kyoto University
1993–1995 M.S. Department of Molecular Engineering, Kyoto University
1989–1993 B.S. Physical Chemistry, Kyoto University, Japan

Organizer, German-Japanese Symposium “Dynamics of Life” KyotoGerman Coordinator, EU FP7 “SoftActive”
2012 Coordinator, International Summer School “Unraveling Principles of Life with Quantitative Tools” Heidelberg
2012 Organizer “Physics of Active Soft Matter” Heidelberg
2010 Organizer “Crossing Borders: Life Sciences Meet Natural Sciences” Heidelberg
2005 Organizer “Bio-inspired Materials”, Kyoto
2004 Organizer “Complex Fluids in Two and Three Dimensions”, Munich


Kaindl T, Rieger H, Kaschel LM, Engel U, Schmaus A, Sleeman J and Tanaka M, Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Pancreatic Cancer Cells Expressing CD44 Isoforms on Supported Membranes Displaying Hyaluronic Acid Oligomers Arrays. PLoSOne, 2012; 7, e42991

Yoshikawa H, Rossetti F, Kaufmann S, Kaindl T, Madsen J, Engel U, Lewis A, Armes S and Tanaka M, Quantitative Evaluation of Mechanosensing of Cells on Dynamically Tunable Hydrogels. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011; 133, 1367-1374

Schneck E, Schubert T, Konovalov O, Quinn B, Gutsmann T, Brandenburg K, Oliveira R, Pink D and Tanaka M, Quantitative determination of ion distributions in bacterial lipopolysaccharide membranes by grazing-incidence X-ray fluorescence. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2010; 107, 9147-9151

Purrucker O, Förtig A, Jordan R, Sackmann E, Tanaka M, Control of Frictional Coupling of Transmembrane Cell Receptors in Model Cell Membranes with Linear Polymer Spacers. Phys Rev Lett 2007; 98: 078102

Tanaka M, Sackmann E, Supported Lipid Membranes as Cell/Tissue Surface Models. Nature 2005; 437: 656-663

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