Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences

Tarantola, Marco, Dr.*

  • 2000-2005 Studies and Diploma in Biology, Julius-Maximilians University Wuerzburg (Biotechnology)
  • 2006-2010 Ph.D. (Dr. rer. Nat.), Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • 2010-2011 Scientific coordinator of CRC proposal from SFB 937, Theoretical Physics, Goettingen
  • 2011-2012 Postdoctoral fellow, MPI-DS, LFPB
  • 2012-2013 Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, UCSD, San Diego
  • Since 2013 - Project leader Dictyostelium biophysics group, LFPB, MPIDS

Major Research Interests

Area of work
Biotechnology / cell biology / biochemistry / biophysical chemistry / biophysics: in-vitro detection of nanotoxicity, cell motility and chemotaxis, adhesion and cell mechanics


Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Single Cell Force Spectroscopy (SCFS) , Impedance spectroscopy and Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Sensing (IS and ECIS), Immobilization and Interface/Surface Chemistry, Microfluidics, Optical imaging/fluorescence microscopy (Confocal Laser Scanning microscopy CLSM, Total internal fluorescence reflection microscopy TIRFM) FACS (Fluorescence activated cell sorting), biochemical assays (MTS, LDH, Boyden-Chamber, ROS, Mitochondrial Permeability, Apoptosis/necrosis), TEM/SEM, statistical analysis of biological fluctuations

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Selected Recent Publications

  • E. Schäfer, M. Tarantola, E. Polo, C. Westendorf, N. Oikawa, E. Bodenschatz, B. Geil, A. Janshoff (2013) Chemotaxis of D. discoideum: collective oscillation of cellular contacts, PlosONE, 8, e54172

  • C. Rosman, S. Pierrat, A. Henkel, M. Tarantola, D. Schneider, E. Sunnick, A. Janshoff, C. Sönnichsen (2012) A new approach to examine gold nanoparticles uptake: Combining optical Dark-Field and Transmission Electron Microscopy, Small 8, 3683-3690

  • M. Tarantola, E. Sunnick, D. Schneider, A.K. Marel, A. Kunze, A. Janshoff (2011) Dynamic Changes of Acoustic Load and Complex Impedance as Reporters for the Cytotoxicity of Small Molecule Inhibitors. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 24, 1494-1506

  • M. Tarantola, A.K. Marel, E. Sunnick, H. Adam, J. Wegener, A. Janhoff (2010) Dynamics of human cancer cells lines monitored by electrical and acoustic fluctuation analysis. Integr. Biol. 2, 139-150

  • M. Tarantola, D. Schneider, E. Sunnick, H. Adam, S. Pierrat, C. Rosman, V. Breus, C. Sönnichsen, T. Basche, J. Wegener, A. Janshoff (2009) Cytotoxicity of metal and semiconductor nanoparticles indicated by cellular micromotility. ACS nano 3, 213?222

  • M. Barz, M. Tarantola, K. Fischer, M. Schmidt, R. Luxenhofer, A. Janshoff, P.Theato, R. Zentel (2008) From defined reactive diblock copolymers to functional HPMA-based self-assembled nanoaggregates. Biomacromlecules 9, 3114-3118