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Prof. Dr. Josef A. Käs
Principal Investigator & Head of the Soft Matter Physics Division
University of Leipzig
Faculty of Physics and Earth Science 
Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics
Soft Matter Physics Division
location:
Linnéstraße 5, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
room:
316
phone:
(+49 341) 97 32471
fax:
(+49 341) 97 32479
e-mail:
Education
1990 Diplom Physics, Technische Universität München, advisor: E. Sackmann
1993 Dr. rer. nat., Physics, Technische Universität München, advisor: E. Sackmann
 
Professional Postions
1993 - 1996 Postdoctoral Fellow Harvard, advisor: P. Janmey
08/1996 - 10/2000 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Texas at Austin
08/1996 - 05/2002 Member, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Univ. of Texas
08/1996 - 05/2002 Member, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics, University of Texas at Austin
07/2000 - 05/2002 Steering comittee, Center for Nano and Molecular Science, Univ. of Texas
10/2000 - 05/2002 Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Texas (early tenure)
10/2001 - present Chair, scientific advisory board, Evacyte Inc.
03/2001 Offer, C4-professorship, University of Leipzig ("Ruf, C4 Nachfolge Klose")
07/2001 Offer, Endowed Chair, Department of Physics, University of Texas at Austin
08/2001 Offer, C4- professorship, Friedrich-Schiller Universitaet Jena ("Ruf, C4-Biophysik")
05/2002 - present C4-Professor, University of Leipzig, Director Institute of Soft Matter Physics
08/2002 - present Adjunct Professor, Dept of biomed. Eng., Univ. of Texas at Austin
08/2008 - 05/2016 Head of the Institute for Experimental Physics I 

 
Honors
  • 1999 - 2000, ICMB Fellow, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, UT Austin
  • 2000 - 2001, ICMB Fellow, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, UT Austin
  • 2001 - 2002, ICMB Fellow, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, UT Austin
  • 2000 - 2003, Distinguished Lecturer, SigmaXi
  • 2002, Wolfgang Paul Prize awarded by the Humboldt Foundation
  • 2006, Finalist the Saatchi & Saatchi Award for World Changing Ideas
  • since 2014, Fellow, American Physical Society
  • since 2014, Fellow, Saxonian Academy of Sciences
 
Patents
  • Method for diagnosis and/or prognosis of cancers by analyzing the mechanical properties of tumour cells; DE102010041912; EP2624742; US20130316390; WO2012045716; CA000002813653; Käs, Josef and Guck, Jochen; 2012-04-12
  • Optical Stretcher; DE69926116; EP1059871; WO1999044488; CA2322212 Ka¨s, Josef and Guck, Jochen; 2005-07-13
  • Device and method for characterization of cells and their application; DE102012211735; Käs, Josef Alfons and Kießling, Tobias and Fritsch, Anatol and Stange, Roland; 2015-04-09
  • Method for locally modifying the elasticity of a substrate designed for the growth of cells thereon; DE602008036746; EP2157171; Robitzky, Andrea and Ehrlicher, Allen and Käs, Josef; 2015-02-25
  • Device and method for the contactless manipulation and alignment of sample particles in a measurement volume using a nonhomogeneous electric alternating field; US8076632; Kreysing, Moritz and Guck, Jochen and Käs, Josef, 2011-12-13
  • Nanotube carrier substrate for primary tissue culture; US 20130017607, EP2546332A1, EP2546332B1; Zink, Mareike and Dallacasagrande, Valentina and Mayr, Stefan and Käs, Josef and Reichenbach, A. ; 2011-07-13
 
Research Interests and Expertise
  • laser physics, optics, scanning probe techniques
  • biological physics, condensed matter physics of soft matter, polymer physics, medical physics, and nonlinear dynamics
  • cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, oncology, genetics, regenerative medicine
  • optical imaging of the motions of individual polymer chains in polymer networks with nano-scale resolution, development of novel laser traps, AFM-based microrheology, use of nanoparticles (quantum dots, gold colloids) as probes and manipulation tools, optical guidance of neurons
 
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