Prof. Dr. Motomu Tanaka

Project Leader A05

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

Prof. Dr. Motomu Tanaka

Professional Career

since 2013


additional appointment, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

since 2005

Full Professor (W3)

Heidelberg University, Heidelberg


Habilitation (experimental physics)

Technical University Munich


Junior Group Leader (Emmy Noether Fellow)

Technical University Munich, Munich



JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Fellow, Humboldt Fellow,Technical University Munich, Garching


PhD (physical chemistry)

Kyoto University, Japan

Achievements & Awards


Philipp Franz von Siebold Prize

German President and Humboldt Foundation


Bronze Medal

Fonds der Chemischen Industrie


Wnt/β-catenin signaling induces axial elasticity patterns of Hydra extracellular matrix

Veschgini M, Suzuki R, Kling S, Petersen HO, Bergheim BG, Abuillan W, Linke P, Kaufmann S, Burghammer M, Engel U, Stein F, Özbek S, Holstein TW, Tanaka M. iScience. 2023 Mar 16;26(4):106416. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.106416. eCollection 2023 Apr 21. PMID: 37009232

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Tracking mechanical and morphological dynamics of regenerating Hydra tissue fragments using a two fingered micro-robotic hand

Veschgini, M., Gebert, F., Khangai, N., Ito, H., Suzuki, R., Holstein, T. W., Mae, Y., Arai, T. and Tanaka, M. 2016. Appl. Phys. Lett. 108, 103702

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