Participation in the Cluster of Excellence

CiM Principal Investigator
Scientific Steering Committee Member
Gender and Diversity Committee Member
CiM-IMPRS Graduate School Member

  • Research Area A.1: Cellular Polarization and Changes in Cell Shape
  • Research Area B.2: Regulation of Vascular Permeability and Leukocyte Extravasation
  • Project FF-2014-09: The impact of cellular and tissue viscoelasticity on cell migration and morphogenesis (Cornelia Denz, Erez Raz, project time: 07/2014 - 06/2016)
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“I want to tailor light in all its features into novel applications“

Cornelia Denz sculpts light and exploits it, for example, to investigate cells in living organisms, or to understand cell dynamics and migration in the inner cell. She is able to tailor light to tackle and answer many actual research challenges in cell science and nanotechnology - and most of all she would like to develop more applications using advanced structured light. Read the interview

CiM Papers

all papers by Cornelia Denz


Meissner R, Oliver N, Denz C. Optical Force Sensing with Cylindrical Microcontainers. Part. Part. Syst. Charact. 2018;35: 1800062. Abstract


Horner F, Meissner R, Polali S, Pfeiffer J, Betz T, Denz C, Raz E. Holographic optical tweezers-based in vivo manipulations in zebrafish embryos. J Biophotonics 2017;10: 1492-1501. Abstract
Otte E, Tekce K, Denz C. Tailored intensity landscapes by tight focusing of singular vector beams. Opt Express 2017;25: 20194-20201. Abstract
Sugden WW, Meissner R, Aegerter-Wilmsen T, Tsaryk R, Leonard EV, Bussmann J, Hamm MJ, Herzog W, Jin Y, Jakobsson L, Denz C, Siekmann AF. Endoglin controls blood vessel diameter through endothelial cell shape changes in response to haemodynamic cues. Nat Cell Biol 2017;19: 653-665. Abstract


Barroso A, Landwerth S, Woerdemann M, Alpmann C, Buscher T, Becker M, Studer A, Denz C. Optical assembly of bio-hybrid micro-robots. Biomed Microdevices 2015;17: 26. Abstract
Meißner R, Alpmann C, Barroso A, Denz C. Greifen ohne Berühren, Zelluntersuchungen mit der optischen Pinzette. labor&more 2015: 42-46. Abstract
Otte E, Schlickriede C, Alpmann C, Denz C. Complex light fields enter a new dimension: holographic modulation of polarization in addition to amplitude and phase. Proc SPIE 2015;9379: 937908 (13 pp.). Abstract


Woerdemann M, Hörner F, Denz C. Structured attachment of bacterial molecular motors for defined micro flow induction. Optofluidics, Microfluidics, and Nanofluidics 2014;1: 19-26. Abstract


Barroso A, Woerdemann M, Vollmer A, von Bally G, Kemper B, Denz C. Three-dimensional exploration and mechano-biophysical analysis of the inner structure of living cells. Small 2013;9: 885-893. Abstract
Kemper B, Barroso A, Denz C. Combined Holographic Optical Trapping and Imaging - Exploring the Inside of Cells and Modeling Infection. Imaging Microscopy 2013;15: 41-43. Abstract
Kemper B, Barroso A, Woerdemann M, Dewenter L, Vollmer A, Schubert R, Mellmann A, von Bally G, Denz C. Towards 3D modelling and imaging of infection scenarios at the single cell level using holographic optical tweezers and digital holographic microscopy. J Biophotonics 2013;6: 260-266. Abstract
Schafer S, Dekiff M, Plate U, Szuwart T, Denz C, Dirksen D. Quantitative analysis of dynamic behavior of osteoblasts during in vitro formation of micro-mass cell cultures. J Biophotonics 2013;6: 637-644. Abstract
Woerdemann M, Alpmann C, Esseling M, Denz C. Advanced optical trapping by complex beam shaping. Laser Photonics Rev 2013;7: 839–854. Abstract


Alpmann C, Esseling M, Rose P, Denz C. Dynamic Light Cages: Putting Absorbing Matter Behind Bars. Opt Photon News 2012;23: 48. Abstract
Neugebauer U, Große C, Bauer M, Kemper B, Barroso-Pena A, Bauwens A, Glueder M, Woerdemann M, Dewenter L, Denz C, Kloß S, Rösch P, Sabat A, Schütze K, Friedrich A, Bally G von, Popp J, Mellmann A. From Infection to Detection: Imaging S aureus – host interactions. Biomed Tech (Berl) 2012;57: 503 -6. Abstract
Woerdemann M, Veiga-Gutiérrez M, De Cola L, Denz C. Creating Functional Microstructures with an Optical-Tweezers Assembly-Line. Opt Photon News 2012;23: 47. Abstract