Jennifer Curtis
Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2002

Research Interests

Cell mechanics. Physics and function of the cell coat. Phagocytosis. Nano-patterned interfaces for probing cells. Optogenetics.

Investigation of the structure, mechanics and function of the pericellular coat and hyaluronan-protein macromolecular assemblies; and the mechanics of phagocytosis using biophysical and nanopatterning tools including microrheology, holographic optical tweezers, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) and micellar and thermal chemical nanolithography. To learn more, visit our group website.

Other Publications:
  1. H. Boehm, T. A. Mundinger,C. H. J. Boehm ,V. Hagel, U. Rauch, J. P. Spatz , J. E. Curtis, “Mapping the mechanics and macromolecular organization of hyaluronan-rich cell coats”, accepted Soft Matter (2009).
  2. D. Wang, V. Kodali1, W. D. Underwood II, J. E. Jarvholm, T. Odaka, S. C. Jones, M. Rumi, Z. Dai, W. P. King, S. R. Marder, J. E. Curtis and Elisa Riedo, “Thermochemical nanolithography of multi-functional nanotemplates for assembling bioactive proteins and nano-objects”, accepted Adv. Funct. Mat. (2009).
  3. T. Haraszti, S. Schulz, K. Uhrig, R. Kurre, W. Roos, C. H. J. Schmitz, J. E. Curtis, T. Maier, A. E. M. Clemen, and J. P. Spatz,  “Biomimetic models of the actin cortex”, Biophysical Rev. & Lett. 4:17-32 (2009).
  4. K. Uhrig, R. Kurre, C. Schmitz, J. E. Curtis, T. Haraszti, A. E.-M. Clemen, J. P. Spatz, “Optical force sensor array in a microfluidic device based on holographic optical tweezers”, Lab on a Chip 9:661-668 (2009).
  5. Camilla Mohrdieck, Florent Dalmas, Eduard Arzt, Rainer Tharmann, Mireille M. A. E. Claessens, Andreas R. Bausch, Alexander Roth, Erich Sackmann, Christian H. J. Schmitz, Jennifer Curtis, Wouter Roos, Simon Schulz, Kai Uhrig, Joachim P. Spatz, “Biomimetic models of the actin cytoskeleton,” Small 3 , pp. 1016-1022 (2007).
  6. Vamsi K. Kodali, Wouter Roos, Joachim P. Spatz and Jennifer E. Curtis, “ Cell-assisted assembly of colloidal crystallites ”, Soft Matter 3, 337-348 (2007).
  7. Christian H. J. Schmitz, Kai Uhrig, Joachim P. Spatz and Jennifer E. Curtis, “Tuning the orbital angular momentum in optical vortex beams,” Opt. Exp . 14 , 6604 (2006).
  8. Christian H. J. Schmitz, Joachim P. Spatz and Jennifer E. Curtis, “High-precision positioning of holographic optical tweezers,” Opt. Exp . 13 , 8678 (2005).
  9. Jennifer. E. Curtis, Christian H. J. Schmitz and Joachim P. Spatz, “Symmetry dependence of holograms for optical trapping,” Opt. Lett . 30 , 2086 (2005).
  10. Jennifer E. Curtis and Joachim P. Spatz, “Getting a Grip: Hyaluronan-mediated cellular adhesion”, SPIE Proc . 5514 , 455 (2004).
  11. Christian H. J. Schmitz, Jennifer E. Curtis and Joachim P. Spatz, “Constructing and probing a biomimetic models of the actin cortex with holographic optical tweezers”, SPIE Proc . 5514 , 446 (2004).
  12. Jennifer E. Curtis and David. G. Grier, “The structure of optical vortices”, Phys. Rev. Lett . 90 , 133901 (2003).
  13. Jennifer E. Curtis and David. G. Grier, “Modulated optical vortices”, Opt. Lett . 28 , (2003).
  14. Jennifer E. Curtis, Brian A. Koss and David G. Grier, “Dynamic holographic optical tweezers”, Opt. Commun . 207 , 169 (2002).