Prof. Dr. Christine Selhuber-Unkel

Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering and Advanced Materials (IMSEAM)
Heidelberg University
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49 6221-54 4942


3D biomaterials, hydrogels, force microscopy, physics of biohybrid systems


  2020 ERC Consolidator Grant “PHOTOMECH”
  2020 Fellow of the Max Planck School “Matter to Life”
  2014 Feodor Lynen Stipend from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for a 6 month research stay at Cornell University
  2013 ERC Starting Grant “CELLINSPIRED”
  2010 Emmy Noether Grant from the DFG
  2008 Otto Hahn Medal, Max Planck Society
  2007 Dieter Rampacher Prize, Max Planck Society
  2006 Wilma Moser Prize, Heidelberg University


2020 – present Full professor, Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering (IMSE), Heidelberg University
2011 – 2020 Associate Professor, Institute for Materials Science, Kiel University
2010 – 2011 Assistant Professor and Emmy Noether Group Leader, Institute for Materials Science, Kiel University
2009 – 2010 PostDoc, Zoological Institute, Kiel University
2007 – 2009 PostDoc, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University, Denmark

2020 – present Deputy spokesperson of the executive board of the Flagship Initiative “Engineering Molecular Systems”, Heidelberg University
2020 – present Spokesperson of the section “Cellular Biophysics” of the German Society of Biophysics (DGfB)
2016 – 2020 Spokesperson of the Research Training Group 2154 “Materials for Brain”, Kiel University

a) peer-reviewed publications (*designates multiple corresponding authors)

Arndt C, Hauck M, Wacker I, Zeller-Plumhoff B, Rasch F, Taale M, Nia AS, Feng X, Ade-lung R, Schröder RR, Schütt F*, Selhuber-Unkel C* (2021). Microengineered Hollow Gra-phene Tube Systems Generate Conductive Hydrogels with Extremely Low Filler Concentra-tion. Nano Lett. 21:3690-3697

Krapf D, Lukat N, Marinari E, Metzler R, Oshanin G, Selhuber-Unkel C, Squarcini A, Stad-ler L, Weiss M, Xu X (2019). Spectral content of a single non-Brownian trajectory. Physical Review X 9:011019

Taale M, Schütt F, Carey T, Marx J, Mishra YK, Fiedler B, Torrisi F, Adelung R, Selhuber-Unkel C (2019). Biomimetic Carbon-Fiber Systems Engineering: A Modular Design Strategy to Generate Biofunctional Composites from Graphene and Carbon Nanofibers. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 11:5325-5335

Appiah C, Arndt C, Siemsen K, Heitmann A, Staubitz A*, Selhuber-Unkel C* (2019). Living materials herald a new era in soft robotics. Advanced Materials 31:1807747

Taale M, F. Schütt, K. Zheng, Y. K. Mishra, A. R. Boccaccini, R. Adelung, C. Selhuber-Unkel (2018). Bioactive carbon based hybrid 3D scaffolds for osteoblast growth. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 10:43874

Kadem LF, Suana KG, Holz M, Wang W, Westerhaus H, Herges R*, Selhuber-Unkel C* (2017). High Frequency Mechanostimulation of Cell Adhesion. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 56:225-229

Kadem LF, Holz M, Suana KG, Li Q, Lamprecht C, Herges R, Selhuber-Unkel C. 2016. Rapid Reversible Photoswitching of Integrin-mediated Adhesion at the Single-Cell Level. Adv. Mater. 28:1799-1802

Reverey JF, Jeon JH, Bao H, Leippe M, Metzler R, Selhuber-Unkel R (2015). Superdiffu-sion dominates intracellular particle motion in the supercrowded cytoplasm of pathogenic Acanthamoeba castellanii. Sci. Rep. 5:11690

Jeon JH, Tejedor V, Burov S, Barkai E, Selhuber-Unkel C, Berg-Sørensen K, Oddershede LB, Metzler R (2011). In vivo anomalous diffusion and weak ergodicity breaking of lipid granules. Phys. Rev. Lett. 106:048103

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

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