Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwarz

BioQuant and Institute for Theoretical Physics Heidelberg University
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49 6221-54 9431
Fax:      +49 6221-54 9331


Theoretical physics, statistical physics, physics of soft condensed matter, biological physics, computational cell biology, quantitative and systems biology, cell mechanics, cell-matrix adhesion


EU-project MEHTRICS (two PhDs); CellNetworks EcTops (two Postdocs); BMBF-project ImmunoQuant (one PhD)

2009–present Chair for Physics of Complex Systems at the University of Heidelberg
2008–2009 Chair for Theoretical Biophysics at the University of Karlsruhe
2008 Offer for chair for Theoretical Biophysics, Humboldt University Berlin (declined)
2005–2008 Group leader, Center for Modelling and Simulation in the Biosciences (BIOMS), Heidelberg University
2004 Habilitation, Potsdam University
2003 Visiting professor, Leipzig University
2001–2007 Emmy Noether junior research group leader
2000–2005 Group leader, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam
1998–2000 Postdoc, Minerva fellow, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
1994–1998 PhD, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam
1991–1994 Physics student, Munich University
1990–1991 Fulbright scholar, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
1987–1990 Physics student, Freiburg University

2012–present Member Research Grant Review Committee Human Frontier Science Program
2012–present Member of editorial board New Journal of Physics
2011–2012 Managing director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics
2011–present Member steering committee and coordinator modeling for CellNetworks
2001–present Associate editor BMC Biophysics
2011–2013 Speaker of the division Biological Physics of the German Physical Society
2009–present Member of the Scientific Board of the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
2009–present Member of the directorate of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) at Heidelberg

Weichsel J, Schwarz US. Two competing orientation patterns explain experimentally observed anomalies in growing actin networks. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2010; 107:6304-9

Münter S, Sabass B, Selhuber-Unkel C, Kudryashev M, Hegge S, Engel U, Spatz JP, Matuschewski K, Schwarz US, Frischknecht F. Plasmodium sporozoite motility is modulated by the turnover of discrete adhesion sites. Cell Host Microbe 2009, 6:551-562

Sabass B, Gardel ML, Waterman C, Schwarz US. High resolution traction force microscopy based on experimental and computational advances. Biophys. J. 2008; 94:207-220

Bischofs IB, Schwarz US. Cell organization in soft media due to active mechanosensing. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2003; 100: 9274-79

Balaban NQ, Schwarz US, Riveline D, Goichberg P, Tzur G, Sabanay I, Mahalu D, Safran S, Bershadsky A, Addadi L, Geiger B, Force and focal adhesion assembly: a close relationship studied using elastic micro-patterned substrates. Nat Cell Biol 2001; 3: 466-72

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