Robert Ros

Physics Department
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Arizona State University
BDI Faculty Member
Biodesign SMB

Location: TEMPE

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(480) 727-9280


  • Habilitation, Physics Faculty, and venia legendi in Experimental Physics, University of Bielefeld 2004
  • Ph.D. Experimental Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland 2000
  • Diploma program. Physics, Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany 1996
  • Diploma program. Physics,  Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany 1992



Robert Ros is a professor in the Department of Physics, associate director of the Center for Biological Physics, and a faculty member of the Center for Single Molecule Biophysics (SMB) at the Biodesign Institute. After having completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in physics at the University of Freiburg and Heidelberg, Germany, with the Diplom (comparable to master) and a diploma thesis in the field of biosensor technology at the Applied Physical Chemistry Group of Profesor M. Grunze, he joined the Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology at the Paul Scherrer Institute and the group of Professor H.-J. G�ntherodt, University of Basel, for his doctorate. In collaboration with the Biochemistry Group of Professor A. Pl�ckthun at Zurich University, he focused on force spectroscopy experiments on single molecule antibody-antigen complexes and implicating forces with kinetic and thermodynamic parameters. After a postdoc in the lab of Professor H. Siegenthaler, Department of Chemistry, University of Bern and the Paul Scherrer Institut in the field of electrochemical STM, Ros moved to the Physics Department at Bielefeld University, where he started as postdoctoral fellow in the experimental biophysics and applied nanosciences group of Professor D. Anselmetti. In 2001, he was appointed as scientific lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, C1) and project leader, and received his Habilitation and venia legendi in experimental physics from the Physics Faculty, University of Bielefeld in 2004. After the habilitation he held the position of a university lecturer ('Hochschuldozent', C2) at the Physics Faculty, Bielefeld University, Germany. In 2008, Ros joined Arizona State University, where he holds his current appointment.

Professor Ros is an experimental biophysicist in the field of nanobiophysics with special emphasis on structural biology, physics of molecular recognition, conformational dynamics of single (bio-)molecules, cell adhesion and mechanics using scanning probe methods, force spectroscopy technologies, fluorescence microscopy, and nanophotonics.