Sebastian Fürthauer, opens an external URL in a new window studies the physics of cellular scale processes, such as cell division and cell motility, cells, and active materials more broadly. After earning his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems and the Max Planck Institute for Cellular Biology and Genetics, in Dresden, Germany, he did research at the Tata Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences in Hyderabad, India, the Courant Institute at New York University and Harvard University and the Flatiron Institute of the Simons Foundation in New York City. His group at TU-Wien seeks to uncover how cytoskeletal networks function in cells and how cells organize into tissues, using approaches from theoretical and numerical physics.
- Active Materials
- Cell Biophysics
Assistant Professor TU-Wien
June 2016-February 2022
Flatiron Research Scientist in the Biophysical Modeling group of the Center for Computational Biology of the Flatiron Institute of the Simons Foundation, New York City, USA.
October 2013-June 2016
HFSP PostDoc with Michael Shelley at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences of New York University (www.cims.nyu.edu), New York City, USA; and Daniel Needleman at FAS Center for Systems Biology (http://sysbio.harvard.edu/csb/), Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
April 2013-October 2013
PostDoc with Sriram Ramaswamy at the TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (http://www.tifrh.res.in) in Hyderabad, India. This stay was funded by the DFG Fellowship (FU-961/1-1).
Juli 2012-April 2013
PostDoc with Frank Jülicher and Stephan Grill at Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems (http://www.mpipks-dresden.mpg.de) and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (http://www.mpi-cbg.de) in Dresden .
PhD Biologische Physik: June 2012
PhD Student with Frank Jülicher and Stephan Grill at and in Dresden. The title of my PhD thesis was Active Chiral Processes in Soft Biological Matter. I graduated with magna cum laude.
Diplom Ingenieur Technische Physik: May 2007
University studies in physics at Technische Universität Wien, Austria. Diploma thesis Quantum localization in the periodically kicked Rydberg atom: influence of noise. at the under the supervision of Univ. Prof. Dr. Joachim Burgdörfer.
Thesis Committee for John B. Linehan, Maddox Lab (UNC)
Seminar class in the Emerging Fields in Architecture series (TU Wien)
Seminar class in the active fluids lecture series at NYU
Supervision of Master Thesis on Instabilities in Contracting Active Materials by Shigeng Sun, NYU
Teaching assistant Physiology course, MBL, Woods Hole
Supervision of a summer project on contractions in active systems by William Thomas Lentz II, NYU ASCB undergraduate poster competition judge
Supervision of the diploma thesis on Thin Films of active chiral Fluids by Maria Strempel, TU-Dresden
Tutoring classes in biological physics, TU-Dresden
Tutoring mathematical methods classes, TU-Dresden
Tutoring classes in statistical physics, TU-Wien
Fellowships and awards
2021 WWTF Vienna Research Group, Young Investigator Award (1.6 Million Euro).
2016 EPJ E Distinguished Referee 2014 ASCB Travel Award HFSP Cross Disciplinary Fellowship
2013 DFG PostDoctoral Fellowship (FU-961/1-1)
Presentations at Conferences and Workshops
Flatiron Mechanics of Life Meeting, New York, Talk
HFSP Meeting, virtual, Poster APS March Meeting, virtual, Talk
KITP Program on Symmetry, Thermodynamics and Topology in Active Matter, Santa Barbara, Talk Flatiron Workshop on Mitotic Spindles, New York, Talk
ASCB Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Poster GRC Soft Condensed Matter Physics, New London,
Poster Flatiron Workshop on Mitotic Spindles, New York, Talk Mathematical Fluids, Materials and Biology, Ann Arbor, Talk GRC Complex Active and Adaptive Materials, Ventura, Talk + Poster APS March Meeting, Boston, Talk Mitotic Spindle Meeting, Split, Talk
ASCB Annual Meeting, San Diego, Poster APS DFD annual Meeting, Atlanta, Talk EFMC12, Vienna, Talk APS March Meeting, Los Angeles, Talk
SIAM CSE, Atlanta, Talk HFSP Awardees Meeting, Lissabon, Talk + Poster ASCB Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Poster Flatiron Workshop on Biological Active Matter, New York, Talk
ASCB Symposium on Quantitative Biology of the Cell, New York, Talk APS DFD annual meeting, Portland, Talk ASCB Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Poster
KITP Program on Evolutionary Cell Biology, Santa Barbara, Talk HFSP Awardees Meeting, San Diego, Poster Kyoto Winter-school on the frontiers of statistical mechanics, Kyoto, Talk and Poster
ASCB annual meeting, Philadelphia, Poster Active Fluids: Bridging Complex and Biofluids, Aspen Center of for Physics, Poster
Perspectives on Nonlinear Dynamics, Hyderabad, Talk
Meeting in the honor of Jacques Prost, Les Houches, Poster Physic of the Cell, London, Poster Circle Meeting, Paris, Talk DPG spring meeting, Berlin, Poster
8th Liquid Matter Conference, Vienna, Poster Boulder Summer-school on Hydrodynamics, Talk and Poster Circle Meeting, Saarbrücken, Poster DPG spring meeting, Dresden, Poster
Circle Meeting, Amsterdam, Talk DPG spring meeting, Regensburg, Talk FEBS Advanced Lecture Course: cytoskeleton, contractility and motility Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Winter School, Cargese, Talk and Poster
Circle Meeting, Dresden, Poster DPG spring meeting, Dresden, Poster
Phys. Rev. Lett., Nature Communications, Phys. Rev. E, Eur. Phys. J. E, Soft Matter, PNAS, Scientific Reports, Scientific Advances, PLOS Computational Biology, Molecular Biology of The Cell, Cells, Nature Physics, New Journal of Physics, Biophysical Journal, Journal of Physics Communications