Prof. Dr. Josef Alfons Käs

Prof. Dr. Josef Alfons Käs

Professor

Physik weicher Materie/Zellbiophysik
Institutsgebäude
Linnéstraße 5, Room 316
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32471
Fax: +49 341 97-32479

Professional career

  • 12/1996 - 12/2000
    Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Texas at Austin
  • 12/1996 - 12/2002
    Member, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics, University of Texas at Austin
  • 12/1996 - 12/2002
    Assistant Professor, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin
  • 01/2000 - 12/2001
    Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Texas at Austin
  • 01/2001 - 12/2002
    Full-Professor, Department of Physics, University of Texas at Austin
  • since 01/2002
    Full Professor, Division for Soft Matter Physics, Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics, Leipzig University
  • since 01/2002
    Head, Division for Soft Matter Physics, Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics, Leipzig University
  • 01/2008 - 12/2016
    Director, Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics, Leipzig University
  • since 01/2016
    Member, Leipzig University Cancer Center
  • 11/1993 - 11/1996
    Postdoc, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Education

  • 09/1984 - 09/1987
    Bachelor (Physics), Columbia University, New York
  • 09/1987 - 09/1990
    Diplom (Physics), Physics Department, Technical University Munich,
  • 10/1990 - 10/1993
    Dr.rer.nat. Physics Department, Technical University Munich

Panel Memberships

  • since 01/1990
    Member, American Physical Society
  • since 01/1990
    Member, Biophysical Society
  • since 01/1990
    Member, German Physical Society
  • since 01/1993
    Member, American Society of Cell Biology
  • since 01/2000
    Member, Materials Research Society
  • since 01/2002
    Member, German Biophysical Society
  • since 01/2010
    Member, German Society for Cell Biology

My research focuses on a quantitative understanding of biological cell phenotype and function from a complex, emerging materials perspective encompassing all length scales from molecules to tissues, which places our group in a pioneering and leading position in the novel area Physics of Cancer.

  • Plasma Membrane Rigidity Directly Influences Cell Migration
    Käs, Josef Alfons
    Duration: 01/2019 - 12/2021
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Physik weicher Materie/Zellbiophysik; Institut für Medizinische Physik und Biophysik
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  • What Holds Cancer Cells Back?
    Käs, Josef Alfons
    Duration: 08/2017 - 07/2022
    Funded by: ERC European Research Council
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Physik weicher Materie/Zellbiophysik
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  • Mechanical Impact of Solid Tumours on Tissues
    Käs, Josef Alfons
    Duration: 01/2016 - 12/2019
    Funded by: EU Europäische Union
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Physik weicher Materie/Zellbiophysik
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  • Blebbing Driven or Actin Protrusive-Force Driven Cancer Cell Migration
    Käs, Josef Alfons
    Duration: 06/2015 - 05/2018
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Physik weicher Materie/Zellbiophysik; Abt. Biologische Physik; Biotechnologisch-Biomedizinisches Zentrum (BBZ)
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  • Mechanisms of actin-based force generation, morphodynamics and motility of single cells
    Käs, Josef Alfons
    Duration: 01/2015 - 06/2018
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Physik weicher Materie/Zellbiophysik; Biotechnologisch-Biomedizinisches Zentrum (BBZ)
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