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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Fritz
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Fritz
Prof. Dr.
Professor of Biophysics
Physics & Earth Sciences

Campus Ring 1 28759 Bremen Germany

+49 421 200-3229
jfritz [at]
Research III, Room 56
Research Interests: 
Current research interests include molecular biophysics, atomic force microscopy on biomolecules, force spectroscopy and nanomechanics, single molecule methods, label-free biosensing, surface functionalization, microfluidics and microcontact printing, nanotechnology.
University Education: 
1988 - 1991
University of Karlsruhe (Germany), Vordiplom
1991 - 1994
University of Heidelberg (Germany), Physikdiplom
1995 - 1998
University of Basel (Switzerland), Institute of Physics
PhD student at Novartis
Dissertation in experimental physics


Research and Teaching Positions: 
1998 - 2000
IBM Zurich Research Laboratory (Rüschlikon, Switzerland), Postdoc
2000 - 2003
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA), Media Laboratory, Postdoc and staff research scientist
Since May 2003
Assistant Professor of Biophysics at Jacobs University Bremen (former International University Bremen), Germany


  • J. Fritz, A. G. Katopodis, F. Kolbinger, D. Anselmetti: Force-mediated kinetics of single P-selectin/ligand complexes observed by atomic force microscopy, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 95 (1998) 12283-12288.
  • J. Fritz, M. K. Baller, H. P. Lang, H. Rothuizen, P. Vettiger, E. Meyer, H.-J. Güntherodt, Ch. Gerber, J. K. Gimzewski: Translating biomolecular recognition into nanomechanics, Science 288 (2000) 316-318.
  • J. Fritz, E. B. Cooper, S. Gaudet, P. K. Sorger, S. R. Manalis: Electronic detection of DNA by its intrinsic molecular charge, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99 (2002) 14142-14146
  • I. Pera and J. Fritz: Sensing lipid bilayer formation and expansion with a microfabricated cantilever array, Langmuir 23 (2007) 1543-1547.
  • J. Fritz: Cantilever Biosensors, Analyst 133 (2008) 855-863.
  • S. Maurer, J. Fritz, G. Muskhelishvili: A systematic in vitro study of nucleoprotein complexes formed by bacterial nucleoid-associated proteins revealing novel types of DNA organization, J. Mol. Biol. 387 (2009) 1261-1276.