Christoph F. Schmidt

Hertha Sponer Distinguished Professor of Physics

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Hertha Sponer Distinguished Professor of Physics
  • Professor of Physics
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Biology

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 2316 French Family Science Center, Duke Box 90305, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-2708
  • Email Address:
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  • D.R. Technical University of Munich (Germany), 1988

Courses Taught

  • BIOLOGY 425: Biophysics II
  • BIOLOGY 791T: Tutorial
  • PHYSICS 174: Introduction to Frontiers of Biophysics
  • PHYSICS 415: Biophysics II
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 995: Graduate Training Internship

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Jayachandran, C., A. Ghosh, M. Prabhune, J. Bath, A. J. Turberfield, L. Hauke, J. Enderlein, F. Rehfeldt, and C. F. Schmidt. “DNA-Based Optical Sensors for Forces in Cytoskeletal Networks.” Acs Applied Nano Materials, January 1, 2023.
  • Ranaivoson, Fanomezana Moutse, Vincent Crozet, Matthieu P. M. H. Benoît, Amna Abdalla Mohammed Khalid, Carlos Kikuti, Helena Sirkia, Ahmed El Marjou, et al. “Nucleotide-free structures of Kif20A illuminate the atypical allostery in this mitotic kinesin-6.” Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, November 10, 2022.
  • Haertter, Daniel, Xiaolei Wang, Stephanie M. Fogerson, Nitya Ramkumar, Janice M. Crawford, Kenneth D. Poss, Stefano Di Talia, Daniel P. Kiehart, and Christoph F. Schmidt. “DeepProjection: specific and robust projection of curved 2D tissue sheets from 3D microscopy using deep learning.” Development 149, no. 21 (November 1, 2022).
  • Haertter, Daniel, Lara Hauke, Christoph F. Schmidt, and Wolfram H. Zimmermann. “Real-Time Super-Resolution Analysis of Sarcomere Motion Reveals Context-Dependent Stochastic Heterogeneity in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes.” In Circulation, Vol. 146, 2022.
  • Jayachandran, Christina, Arindam Ghosh, Meenakshi Prabhune, Jonathan Bath, Andrew J. Turberfield, Lara Hauke, Jörg Enderlein, Florian Rehfeldt, and Christoph F. Schmidt. “A DNA-based optical force sensor for live-cell applications.” Biorxiv, December 24, 2021.