Florian Rehfeldt
Cell and Matrix Mechanics Group
 

Curriculum Vitae

Florian Rehfeldt

Research and Professional Experience


since October 2014 Acting associate professor (‘Vertretungsprofessur W2’) at Georg-August University, 3rd Institute of Physics – Biophysics, Göttingen, Germany
summer term 2012 Acting associate professor (‘Vertretungsprofessur W2’) at Georg-August University, 3rd Institute of Physics – Biophysics, Göttingen, Germany
since 01/2011 Junior group leader in Biophysics at Georg-August University,
3rd Institute of Physics – Biophysics, Göttingen, Germany
Mechanics of cells and the extracellular matrix (ECM) on the nano- and micro-scale, design of novel ECM models to study cell-matrix interactions in vitro and also for in vivo adult stem cell applications, biophysical modeling of cell-matrix interactions, mechanics of the nucleus and mechanics of gene regulation
10/2008-12/2010 Senior postdoctoral researcher at Georg-August University, 3rd Institute of Physics – Biophysics, Göttingen, Germany
Lab of Prof. Dr. Christoph F. Schmidt
Optical trapping, confocal microscopy
01/2006-08/2008 Postdoctoral researcher at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Feodor Lynen fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (01/2007)
Dept. of Physics and Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Lab of Prof. Dr. Dennis Discher
Cell mechanics on elastic surfaces, adult human stem cell differentiation, biocompatible extra cellular matrix models, biophysical characterization of the adult stem cell niche in the bone marrow
01/2005-12/2005 Postdoctoral researcher at Technische Universität München, Germany
Lab of Dr. Motomu Tanaka
Neutron and x-ray scattering and reflectometry of glycolipid multilayers and polymer supported lipid bilayers
03/2001-12/2004 Graduate student at Technische Universität München, Germany
Biomimetic and biocompatible interfaces, diblock copolymers, lipid bilayers, model systems for cell adhesion
05-06/2001 Guest researcher at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Lab of Dr. Alice P. Gast, Diblock copolymers at the air/water-interface

Education

12/2004 PhD in Physics, Technische Universität München, Germany
Dissertation: ‘Novel Ultrathin Polymer Films as Biomimetic Interfaces
Final grade: 1.1 (magna cum laude)
Advisors: Prof. Dr. Erich Sackmann, Prof. Dr. Motomu Tanaka
12/2000 Diploma in Physics, Technische Universität München, Germany
Thesis: ‘Swelling Behavior of Ultrathin Biocompatible Polymer Films on Semiconductor Surfaces’
Final grade: 1.3
Advisors: Prof. Dr. Erich Sackmann, Prof. Dr. Motomu Tanaka
10/1995-12/2000 Undergraduate studies at Technische Universität München, Germany
General Physics, special topics: semiconductor physics, theory of magnetism, material chemistry

Teaching Experience

Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany

  • Pohl Medal of the faculty of Physics for continuously excellent teaching (Dec. 2015)
  • Biophysics II (MSc), winter term 2014/15 (in english)
  • ‘Introduction to biophysics and physics of complex systems’
    winter term 2015/16, summer term 2014, summer term 2012, summer term 2011 (in german)
  • Lecture on Cell Mechanics by AFM within the GGNB lecture series (GGNB Ringvorlesung), winter term 13/14, 12/13, and summer term 2015 and 2016 (in english)
  • Biophysics of the Cell’ (lecture and seminar)
    summer term 2016 (in english), summer term 2015, winter term 2013/14 (in german), winter term 2011/12 (in english), summer term 2010 (in german)
  • “Experimental Methods in Biophysics” (lecture and seminar)
    summer term 2013, (in english)
  • ‘Current Research in Biophysics’, seminar, winter term 12/13 (in english)
  • ‘Introduction to soft condensed matter physics’ winter term 2014/15 and 2009/10 (in german)
  • Tutorial Physics II, summer term 2009 (in german)

University of Pennsylvania

  • Module “Cell Mechanics and Tissue Engineering”
    within the course CAMB-697 “The Biology of Stem Cells” 2008

Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany

  • Biophysics Teaching Assistant
    Responsible for the seminar. Supervising students’ talks.
  • Physics Teaching Assistant
    Supervising physics lab practice 3rd and 4th semester.
  • Biophysics Teaching Assistant
    Supervising biophysics advanced lab practice 6th and 7th semester.