Dr. Susanne Fenz
Phone: 0931 31 89712
Susanne Fenz is a physicist interested in membrane biophysics of living cells and biomimetic model systems. She studied physics in Wuerzburg and Heidelberg. For her PhD she moved to the Forschungszentrum Juelich in Germany where she worked in the laboratory of Rudolf Merkel. There, she developed a biomimetic model system for cell–cell adhesion and combined microinterferometry with fluorescence wide-field microscopy to study structure and dynamics of adhesion clusters. In 2009 she moved to Leiden University in the Netherlands as a post-doctoral fellow to work with Thomas Schmidt on single-molecule fluorescence microscopy of living cells to investigate the molecular mechanisms of chemotaxis. Her current interests include biomimetics, cell adhesion, migration, and invasion as well as super-resolution microscopy. Susanne joined the Biocenter in July 2012.
Five important publications
1. 1. E. Beletkaia, S. F. Fenz, W. Pomp, B. E. Snaar-Jagalska, P. W.C. Hogendoorn, and T. Schmidt (2015) CXCR4 signaling is controlled by immobilization at the plasma membrane. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Cell Research 1863: 607-616.
2. 2. T. Bihr, S. F. Fenz, E. Sackmann, R. Merkel, U. Seifert, K. Sengupta, and A.-S. Smith (2015) Association Rates of Membrane-Coupled Cell Adhesion Molecules. Biophysical Journal Letter 107:L33-L36
3. 3. S. F. Fenz*, R. Sachse*, T. Schmidt, and S. Kubick (2014), Cell-free synthesis of membrane proteins: Tailored cell models out of microsomes. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes 1838: 1382-1388. * contributed equally
4. 4. S. F. Fenz and K. Sengupta (2012) Giant Vesicles as Cell Models. Integrative Biology 4:982-995.
5. 5. S. F. Fenz, T. Bihr, R. Merkel, U. Seifert, K. Sengupta, and A.-S. Smith (2011) Switching from Ultraweak to Strong Adhesion. Advanced Materials 23:2622.