Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve... Erich Fromm

Benedikt Sabass

Being a theoretical physicist working in biophysics, I am mostly interested in principles that determine how cells feel and respond to their mechanical environment. I collaborate with experimentalists and use a technique called traction force microscopy to measure mechanical activity of cells.

I also enjoy working on research themes related to statistical physics and soft matter. For instance, microswimmers and the interplay of topology and broken time-reversal symmetry.

Research keywords

Curriculum Vitae

    02/2014 - present
    Postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University, Complex Fluids Group of Howard Stone
    07/2013 - 12/2013
    Postdoctoral researcher at Heidelberg University, Physics of Complex Biosystems Group of Ulrich Schwarz
    05/2012 - 06/2013
    R&D in industry (for PORSCHE AG and for the collaborative initiative intelligent Zero Emission Urban System)
    02/2009 - 04/2012
    PhD in Theoretical Physics, Stuttgart University
    Advisor: Udo Seifert
    09/2004 - 08/2008
    Diploma in Physics, Heidelberg University

Teaching activities

    09/2009 - 03/2012
    Teaching assistant for theory courses in mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics and computational physics.
    University of Stuttgart
    06/2010 - 06/2011
    Supervision of a diploma thesis on theory of electrophoresis.
    University of Stuttgart
    Teaching assistant at the summer course in cell physiology.
    Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA


* Authors contributed equally


Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University
G02 E-Quad
Olden St., Princeton, NJ 08544

email: Benedikt.Sabass at