Prof. Dr. Franziska Lautenschläger
Franziska Lautenschläger is a professor of biological physics at the Saarland University located in Saarbrücken. She studied physics in Leipzig and Toulouse. 2011 she completed her doctorate at the University of Cambridge investigating mechanical changes of stem cells during differentiation. After this, she moved to France, working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut Curie with particular interest in the migration behavior of confined immune cells (dendritic cells). Since Mai 2013 Franziska Lautenschläger started her independent research as a junior group leader at the Saarland University. From January 2017 - March 2020 she was additionally the group leader of a junior group called 'Cytoskeletal Fibers' at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials. Since April 2020 she is a full professor at the Saarland University. She investigates the role of the cytoskeleton (actin, microtubules, intermediate filaments) in living cells (e.g. on cell migration, polarity or cell mechanics). The research results of Franziska Lautenschlager and her team will be able to contribute to a better understanding of cellular mechanisms and processes.