Karsten Kruse



  1. P. Guillamat, C. Blanch-Mercader, G. Pernollet, K. Kruse, A. Roux, Integer topological defects organize stresses driving tissue morphogenesis, Nat. Mater. 21, 588 (2022).
  2. M. Andreu-Carbó, S. Fernandes, M.-C. Velluz, K. Kruse, C. Aumeier, Motor usage imprints microtubule stability along the shaft, Dev. Cell 57, 1 (2022).


  1. D.J.G. Pearce and K. Kruse, Properties of twisted topological defects in 2D nematic liquid crystals, Soft Matter 17, 7408 (2021).
  2. V. Laplaud, N. Levernier, J. Pineau, M. San Roman, L. Barbier, P.J. Sáez, A.-M. Lennon-Duménil, P. Vargas, K. Kruse, O. du Roure, M. Piel, and J. Heuvingh, Pinching the cortex of live cells reveals thickness instabilities caused by myosin II motors, Sci. Adv. 7, eabe3640 (2021).
  3. N. Ecker and K. Kruse, Excitable actin dynamics and amoeboid cell migration, PLoS ONE 16, e0246311 (2021).
  4. C. Blanch-Mercader, P. Guillamat, A. Roux, and K. Kruse, Quantifying Material Properties of Cell Monolayers by Analyzing Integer Topological Defects, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 028101 (2021).
  5. C. Blanch-Mercader, P. Guillamat, A. Roux, and K. Kruse, Integer topological defects of cell monolayers: Mechanics and flows, Phys. Rev. E 103, 012405 (2021).


  1. A. Trushko, I. Di Meglio, A. Merzouki, C. Blanch-Mercader, S. Abuhattum, J. Guck, K. Alessandri, P. Nassoy, K. Kruse, B. Chopard, A. Roux, Buckling of an epithelium under spherical confinement, Dev. Cell 54, 655 (2020). 
  2. N. Levernier and K. Kruse, Spontaneous formation of chaotic protrusions in a polymerizing active gel layer, New J. Phys. 22, 013003 (2020).
  3. L. Stankevicins, N. Ecker, E. Terriac, P. Maiuri, R. Schoppmeyer, P. Vargas, A.-M. Lennon-Duménil, M. Piel, B. Qu, M. Hoth, K. Kruse, and F. Lautenschläger, Deterministic actin waves as generators of cell polarization cues, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 117, 826 (2020).


  1. X. Fang, K. Kruse, T. Lu, and J. Wang, Nonequilibrium physics in biology, Rev. Mod. Phys. 91, 045004 (2019).
  2. V.H. Wasnik, P. Lipp, and K. Kruse, Positional information readout in Calcium signaling, Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 058101 (2019).
  3. V.H. Wasnik, P. Lipp, and K. Kruse, Accuracy of position determination in Calcium signaling, Phys. Rev. E 100, 022401 (2019).
  4. F. Folz, L. Wettmann, G. Morigi, and K. Kruse, Sound of an axon's growth, Phys. Rev. E 99, 050401(R) (2019).
  5. K. Klinkert, N. Levernier, P. Gross, C. Gentilli, L. von Tobel, M. Pierron, C. Busso, S. Herrman, S.W. Grill, K. Kruse, and P. Gönczy, Aurora A depletion reveals centrosome-independent polarization mechanism in C. elegans, eLife 8, e44552 (2019).


  1. S. Du, S. Pichoff, K. Kruse, and J. Lutkenhaus, FtsZ filaments have the opposite kinetic polarity of microtubules, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 115, 10768 (2018).
  2. L. Wettmann, M. Bonny, and K. Kruse, Effects of geometry and topography on Min-protein dynamics, PLoS ONE 13, e0203050 (2018).
  3. Ph. Zimmer, K. Kruse, and J. Nagler, Anomalous percolation features in molecular evolution, Phys. Rev. E 98, 022408 (2018).
  4. F.H. Kreten, Ch. Hoffmann, D. Riveline, and K. Kruse, Active bundles of polar and bipolar filaments. Phys. Rev. E 98, 012413 (2018), 
  5. Y. Ideses, V. Erukhimovitch, R. Brand, D. Jourdain, J. Salmeron Hernandez, U.R. Gabinet, S.A. SafranK. Kruse, and A. Bernheim-Groswasser, Spontaneous buckling of contractile poroelastic actomyosin sheets. Nat. Commun. 92461 (2018).
  6. X. Zhou, K.S. Friedmann, H. Lyrmann, Y. Zhou, R. Schoppmeyer, A. Knörck, S. Mang, C. Hoxha, A. Angenendt, C.S. Backes, C. Mangerich, R. Zhao, S. Cappello, G. Schwär, C. Hässig, M. Neef, B. Bufe, F. Zufall, K. Kruse, B.A. Niemeyer, A. Lis, B. Qu, C. Kummerow, E.C. Schwarz, and M. Hoth, A calcium optimum for cytotoxic T lymphocyte and natural killer cell cytotoxicityJ. Physiol. 596, 2681 (2018).
  7. G. Bauer, N. Fakhri, A. Kicheva, J. Kondev, K. Kruse, H. Noji, D. Riveline, T.E. Saunders, M. Thattai, and E. Wieschaus, The science of living matter for tomorrow. Cell Systems 6, 400 (2018).
  8. L. Wettmann and K. Kruse, The Min-protein oscillations in Escherichia coli: an example of self-organized cellular protein waves. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 373, 20170111 (2018).
  9. K. Kruse and K. Sugihara, Conference report: 2018 International Symposium on Chemical Biology of the NCCR Chemical Biology. Chimia 72, 160 (2018).
  10. K. Kruse, Hydrodynamics of the active cytoskeleton. in G. Gompper, J. Dhont, J. Elgeti, C. Fahlke, D. Fedosov, S. Förster, P. Lettinga, and A. Offenhäusser (eds), Physics of LifeLecture Notes of the 49th IFF Spring School 2018. FZ Juelich (2018).
  11. K. Kruse, N. Chiaruttini, and A. Roux, Optical control of cytoplasmic flows. Nat. Cell Biol. 20, 227 (2018).


  1. J. Mueller, G. Szep, M. Nemethova, I. de Vries, A.D. Lieber, C. Winkler, K. Kruse, J.V. Small, C. Schmeiser, K. Keren, R. Hauschild, and M. Sixt, Load adaptation of lamellipodial actin networks. Cell 171, 188 (2017).
  2. D. Riveline and K. Kruse, Interface between Physics and Biology: Training a new generation of creative bilingual scientists. Trends Cell Bio. 27, 541 (2017). 
  3. X. Hui, B. Sauer, L. Kaestner, K. Kruse, and P. Lipp, PKCα diffusion and translocation are independent of an intact cytoskeleton. Sci. Rep. 7, 475 (2017).
  4. C. Beta and K. Kruse, Intracellular oscillations and waves. Annu. Rev. Cond. Mat. 8, 13 (2017). 
  5. K. Kruse, Making waves. New J. Phys. 19, 11001 (2017).


  1. M. Bonny, X. Hui, J. Schweizer, L. Kaestner, A. Zeug, K. Kruse, and P. Lipp, C2-domain mediated nano-cluster formation increases Calcium signaling efficiency. Sci. Rep. 6, 36028 (2016).
  2. E.G. Worst, P. Zimmer, E. Wollrab, K. Kruse, and A. Ott, Unbounded growth patterns of reproducing, competing polymers - similarities to biological evolution. New J. Phys. 18, 103003 (2016).
  3. V. Wollrab, R. Thiagarajan, A. Wald, K. Kruse, and D. Riveline, Still and rotating myosin clusters determine cytokinetic ring constriction. Nat Commun 7, 11860 (2016). 
  4. D. Johann, D. Goswami, and K. Kruse, Assembly of bipolar microtube structures by passive cross-linkers and molecular motors. Phys. Rev. E 93, 062415 (2016). 
  5. M. Fritzsche, C. Erlenkämper, E. Moeendarbary, G. Charras, and K. Kruse, Actin kinetics shapes cortical network structure and mechanics. Sci Adv 2, e1501337 (2016).
  6. K. Kruse, Cell crawling driven by spontaneous actin polymerization waves. I.S. Aranson (ed), Physical Models of Cell Motility, Springer International Publishing (2016). 


  1. D. Johann, D. Goswami, and K. Kruse, Generation of stable overlaps between antiparallel filaments. Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 118103 (2015).


  1. D. Riveline and K. Kruse, Effets collectifs des moteurs moléculaires : fonctions biologiques des oscillations mécaniques. Reflets phys. 42, 4  (2014).
  2. M. Neef and K. Kruse, Generation of stationary and moving vortices in active polar fluids in the planar Taylor-Couette geometry. Phys. Rev. E 90, 052703 (2014).
  3. L. Wettmann, M. Bonny, and K. Kruse, Effects of molecular noise on bistable protein distributions in rod-shaped bacteria. Interface Focus 4, 20140039 (2014).
  4. A. Dreher, I.S. Aranson, and K. Kruse, Spiral actin-polymerization waves can generate amoeboidal cell crawling. New J. Phys. 16, 055007 (2014).
  5. D. Johann, D. Goswami, and K. Kruse, Segregation of diffusible and directionally moving particles on a polar filament. Phys. Rev. E 89, 042713 (2014).