Prof. Dr. Motomu Tanaka

Heidelberg University
Physical Chemistry of Biosystems
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Im Neuenheimer Feld 229
D-69120 Heidelberg

Scientific CV

Academic education and professional career

since 2013
since 2005

1998 – 2001

Professor (additional appointment), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Full Professor (W3), Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Habilitation (experimental physics), Technical University Munich, Germany
Junior Group Leader (Emmy Noether Fellow), Technical University Munich, Munich,Germany
Postdoc, JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Fellow, Humboldt Fellow,Technical University Munich, Garching, Germany

PhD (physical chemistry), Kyoto University, Japan

Other achievements & Awards


Philipp Franz von Siebold Prize from German President and Humboldt Foundation
Bronze Medal, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie


  1. Veschgini, M., H.O. Petersen, F.F. Rossetti, W. Abuillan, S. Kaufmann, R. Suzuki, M. Burghammer, S. Özbek, T.W. Holstein, and M. Tanaka. 2020. Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling Controls Spatio-Temporal Elasticity Patterns in Extracellular Matrix during Hydra Morphogenesis. BioRxiv.
  2. Fröhlich, B., Y. Yang, J. Thoma, J. Czajor, C. Lansche, C. Sanchez, M. Lanzer, P. Cloetens, and M. Tanaka. 2020. Nanofocused Scanning X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy Revealing an Effect of Heterozygous Hemoglobin S and C on Biochemical Activities in Plasmodium falciparum-Infected Erythrocytes. Anal. Chem. 92:5765-5771. PMID: 32202408
  3. Kubota, R., M. Makuta, R. Suzuki, M. Ichikawa, M. Tanaka, and I. Hamachi. 2020. Force generation by a propagating wave of supramolecular nanofibers. Nat. Commun. 11:3541. PMID: 32669562
  4. Hippler, M., K. Weißenbruch, K. Richler, E.D. Lemma, M. Nakahata, B. Richter, C. Barner-Kowollik, Y. Takashima, A. Harada, E. Blasco, M. Wegener, M. Tanaka, and M. Bastmeyer. 2020. Mechanical stimulation of single cells by reversible host-guest interactions in 3D microscaffolds. Science Adv. 6:eabc2648. PMID: 32967835
  5. Yamamoto, A., H. Tanaka, M. Toda, C. Sotozono, J. Hamuro, S. Kinoshita, M. Ueno, and M. Tanaka. 2019. A physical biomarker of the quality of cultured corneal endothelial cells and of the long-term prognosis of corneal restoration in patients. Nat. Biomed. Eng. 3:953-960. PMID: 31332343
  6. Bentele, T., F. Amadei, E. Kimmle, M. Veschgini, P. Linke, M. Sontag-González, J. Tennigkeit, A.D. Ho, S. Özbek, and M. Tanaka. 2019. New Class of Crosslinker-Free Nanofiber Biomaterials from Hydra Nematocyst Proteins. Sci. Rep. 9:19116. PMID: 31836799
  7. Gülcüler Balta, G.S., C. Monzel, S. Kleber, J. Beaudouin, E. Balta, T. Kaindl, S. Chen, L. Gao, M. Thiemann, C.R. Wirtz, Y. Samstag, M. Tanaka, and A. Martin-Villalba. 2019. 3D Cellular Architecture Modulates Tyrosine Kinase Activity, Thereby Switching CD95-Mediated Apoptosis to Survival. Cell Rep. 29:2295-2306.e2296. PMID: 31747602
  8. Abuillan, W., M. Veschgini, S. Mielke, A. Yamamoto, X. Liu, O. Konovalov, M.P. Krafft, and M. Tanaka. 2019. Long-Range Lateral Correlation between Self-Assembled Domains of Fluorocarbon-Hydrocarbon Tetrablocks by Quantitative GISAXS. Chem. Phys. Chem. 20:898-904. PMID: 30570207
  9. Veschgini, M., F. Gebert, N. Khangai, H. Ito, R. Suzuki, T.W. Holstein, Y. Mae, T. Arai, and M. Tanaka. 2016. Tracking mechanical and morphological dynamics of regenerating Hydra tissue fragments using a two fingered micro-robotic hand. Appl. Phys. Lett. 108, 103702.
  10. Tanaka, M. and E. Sackmann, 2005. Polymer-Supported Membranes as Models of the Cell Surfaces, Nature. 437, 656-663. PMID: 16193040