Martin B. Forstner

Assistant Professor, Physics, Biology (Courtesy) , Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (Courtesy)

Research Interests

  • Interrelation between dynamic organization of biomembranes and control of membrane associated biochemical processes.
  • Non-equilibrium phenomena in membrane systems.
  • Hybrid systems of biomimetic membranes and nanomaterials.
  • Optical single molecule techniques.


2003 Ph.D. in Physics
University of Texas at Austin
1999 Diploma in Physics
University of Regensburg, Germany

Awards & Professional Honors

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2010

Selected Publications

Lillemeier, B. F.; Moertelmaier, M. A.; Forstner, M. B.; Huppa, J. B.; Groves, J. T. & Davis, M. M., "TCR and Lat are Expressed on Separate Protein Islands on T Cell Membranes and Concatenate during Activation", Nature Immunology, 2010, 11(1), 90 - 96.

Rabuka, D.; Forstner, M. B.; Groves, J. T. & Bertozzi, C. R., "Non-Covalent Cell Surface Engineering: Incorporation of Bioactive Synthetic Glycopolymers into Cellular Membranes." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, (18), 5947-5953.

Forstner, M. B.; Martin, D.; Ruckerl, F.; Käs, J. A. & Selle, C., "Attractive Membrane Domains Control Lateral Diffusion." Phys. Rev. E2008,77, 051906.

Paulick, M. G.; Forstner, M. B.; Groves, J. T. & Bertozzi, C. R., "A Chemical Approach to Unraveling the Biological Function of the Glycosylphosphatidylinositol Anchor." P. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2007, 129, (37), 11543-11550.

Forstner, M. B.; Yee, C. K.; Parikh, A. N. & Groves, J. T., "Lipid Lateral Mobility and Membrane Phase Structure Modulation by Protein Binding." J. Am. Chem. Soc.2006, 128, (47), 15221-15227.