Köster, Sarah, Prof. Dr.

  • 1998 – 2003 Studies of Physics, University of Ulm
  • 2003 Diploma in Physics, University of Ulm
  • 2003 – 2006 Doctoral thesis, University of Ulm, Boston University, University of Göttingen, supervision Dr. Thomas Pfohl and Prof. Dr. Stephan Herminghaus
  • 2006 Dr. rer. nat. (Physics) University of Göttingen
  • 2006 – 2008 Postdoc at Harvard University with Prof. Dr. David Weitz
  • 2008 – 2011 Juniorprofessor, University of Göttingen
  • since 2011 Professor, University of Göttingen
  • 2011 – 2017 Associate Professor, University of Göttingen
  • 2016 ERC Consolidator Grant
  • Since 2017 Full Professor, University of Göttingen

Major Research Interests

  • Cellular biophysics
  • Cytoskeletal mechanics
  • Optical microscopy
  • X-ray scattering and imaging
  • Microfluidics

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Block J, Witt H, Candelli A, Cabanas Danes J, Peterman EJG, Wuite GJL, Janshoff A, Köster S (2018) Viscoelastic properties of vimentin originate from non-equilibrium conformational changes. Science Advances, 4, eaat1161

  • Block J, Witt H, Candelli A, Peterman EJG, Wuite GJL, Janshoff A, Köster S (2017) Nonlinear Loading-Rate-Dependent Force Response of Individual Vimentin Intermediate Filaments to Applied Strain. Phys. Rev. Lett., 118, 048101

  • Hemonnot CYJ, Ranke C, Saldanha O, Graceffa R, Hagemann J, Köster S (2016) Following DNA Compaction During the Cell Cycle by X-Ray Nano-Diffraction. ACS Nano, 10, 10661-10670

  • Lopez CG, Saldanha O, Huber K, Köster S (2016) Lateral association and elongation of vimentin intermediate filament proteins: a time resolved light scattering study Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 11152-11157

  • Hémonnot CYJ, Reinhardt J, Saldanha O, Patommel J, Graceffa R, Weinhausen B, Burghammer M, Schroer CG, Köster S (2016) X-Rays Reveal the Internal Structure of Keratin Bundles in Whole Cells ACS Nano 10, 3553-3561