My research interests include the physics of biological and artificial cilia, fluid dynamics in biology, collective phenomena in magnetic colloidal systems and the physics of motor proteins.

Selected publications

T. Strübing, A. Khosravanizadeh, A. Vilfan, E. Bodenschatz, R. Golestanian and I. Guido
Wrinkling instability in 3D active nematics
Nano Letters (2020)
H. Massana-Cid, A. Ortiz-Ambriz, A. Vilfan and P. Tierno
Emergent collective colloidal currents generated via exchange dynamics in a broken dimer state
Sci. Adv. 6, eaaz2257 (2020).
R. R. Ferreira, H. Fukui, R. Chow, A. Vilfan and J. Vermot
The cilium as a force sensor: myth versus reality
J. Cell Sci. 132, jcs213496 (2019)
A. Vilfan, S. Subramani, E. Bodenschatz, R. Golestanian and I. Guido
Flagella-like beating of a single microtubule
Nano Lett. 19, 53359-3363 (2019)
R. R. Ferreira, A. Vilfan, F. Jülicher, W. Supatto and J. Vermot
Physical limits of flow sensing in the left-right organizer
eLife 6, e25078 (2017)
B. Nitzsche, E. Dudek, L. Hajdo, A. A. Kasprzak, A. Vilfan and S. Diez
Working stroke of the kinesin-14, ncd, comprises two substeps of different direction
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, E6582–E6589 (2016).
A. Vilfan
Optimal shapes of surface slip driven self-propelled microswimmers
Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 128105 (2012)
N. Osterman and A. Vilfan
Finding the ciliary beating pattern with optimal efficiency
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108, 15727-15732 (2011)
M. Vilfan, A. Potočnik, B. Kavčič, N. Osterman, I. Poberaj, A. Vilfan and D. Babič
Self-assembled artificial cilia
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 1844-1847 (2010)
A. Vilfan and F. Jülicher
Hydrodynamic flow patterns and synchronization of beating cilia
Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 058102 (2006)
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