Research interests

  • membrane biophysics
  • synthetic biology

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2021 Liesegang Prize of the German Colloid Society in recognition of R. Dimova’s work on lipid bilayers and biomembranes
2016 Elected as Scientific Representative of Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
2015 Elected as the 2017 Chair of the Membrane Structure and Assembly Subgroup of the Biophysical Society
2014 Emmy Noether distinction for women in physics (European Physical Society)

Dr. habil. PD Rumiana Dimova
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
Science Park Golm
Am Mühlenberg 1
14424 Potsdam
+49 (0)331 567 9615
+49 (0)331 567 9612

Publications (selection)

Super-resolution imaging of highly curved membrane structures in giant vesicles encapsulating molecular condensates, Z. Zhao, R. Debjit, J. Steinkühler, T. Robinson, R. Lipowsky and R. Dimova, Adv. Mater. 34, 2106633 (2022) DOI: 10.1002/adma.202106633

Super-elasticity of plasma- and synthetic membranes resulting from coupling of membrane asymmetry, curvature and lipid sorting,  J. Steinkühler,  T. Bhatia, Z. Zhao, F.S.C. Leomil, R. Lipowsky and R. Dimova, Adv. Sci. 8, 2102109 (2021) DOI: 10.1002/advs.202102109

To close or to collapse: the role of charges on membrane stability upon pore formation, R.B. Lira, F.S.C. Leomil, R.J. Melo, K.A Riske and R. Dimova, Adv. Sci., 8, 2004068 (2021) DOI: 10.1002/advs.202004068

The mechanical tension of biomembranes can be measured by super resolution (STED) microscopy of force-induced nanotubes, D. Roy, J. Steinkühler, Z. Zhao, R. Lipowsky and R. Dimova, Nano Lett. 20, 3185–3191 (2020) DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b05232

Controlled division of cell-sized vesicles by low densities of membrane-bound proteins, J. Steinkühler, R.L. Knorr, Z. Zhao, T. Bhatia, S.M. Bartelt, S. Wegner, R. Dimova and R. Lipowsky, Nature Commun. 11, 905 (2020) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-14696-0

Mechanical properties of plasma membrane vesicles correlate with lipid order, viscosity and cell density, J. Steinkühler, E. Sezgin, I. Urbančič, C. Eggeling and R. Dimova, Commun. Biol. 2, 337 (2019) DOI: 10.1038/s42003-019-0583-3

Giant vesicles and their use in assays for assessing membrane phase state, curvature, mechanics and electrical properties, R. Dimova, Annu. Rev. Biophys. 48, 93-119 (2019) DOI: 10.1146/annurev-biophys-052118-115342

Area Increase and Budding in Giant Vesicles Triggered by Light: Behind the Scene, V. N. Georgiev, A. Grafmüller, D. Bléger, S. Hecht, S. Kunstmann, S. Barbirz, R. Lipowsky and R. Dimova, Adv. Sci. 5, 1800432 (2018) DOI: 10.1002/advs.201800432

Asymmetric ionic conditions generate large membrane curvatures, M. Karimi, J. Steinkühler, D. Roy, R. Dasgupta, R. Lipowsky and R. Dimova, Nano Lett. 18, 7816−7821 (2018) DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b03584

The glycolipid GM1 reshapes asymmetric biomembranes and giant vesicles by curvature generation, R. Dasgupta, M. Miettinen, N. Fricke, R. Lipowsky and R. Dimova, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 115, 5756-5761 (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1722320115