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Please contact Dr. Koch for PDF copies of the articles below if you do not have electronic access otherwise.

Please also see Dr. Koch's Google Scholar profile.

Newest first. * = co-first author.

  • M.D. Koch and J.W. Shaevitz (2021) "Art Ashkin and the origins of optical trapping and particle manipulation”. Methods in Molecular Biology: Optical Tweezers – Methods and Protocols, 2nd ed (in press)

  • M.D. Koch, M.E. Black, E. Han, J.W. Shaevitz, Z. Gitai (2022) "Pseudomonas aeruginosa distinguishes surfaces by stiffness using retraction of type IV pili" PNAS

  • M.D. Koch, C. Fei, N.S. Wingreen, J.W. Shaevitz, and Z. Gitai (2021) "Competitive binding of independent extension and retraction motors explains the quantitative dynamics of type IV pili" PNAS

  • R.J. Scheffler, Y. Sugimoto, B.P. Bratton, C.K. Ellison, M.D. Koch, M.S. Donia, Z. Gitai (2021) "Pseudomonas aeruginosa detachment from surfaces via a self-made small molecule". Journal of Biological Chemistry

  • A. Simsek, A. Braeutigam, M.D. Koch, J.W. Shaevitz, Y. Huang, G. Gompper, B. Sabass (2019) "Substrate-rigidity dependent migration of an idealized twitching bacterium". Soft Matter

  • J.E. Sanfilippo*, A. Lorestani*, M.D. Koch, B.P. Bratton, A. Siryaporn, H.A. Stone, Z. Gitai (2019) "Microfluidic-based transcriptomics reveal force-independent bacterial rheosensing". Nature Microbiology

  • J. Roth*, M.D. Koch*, and A. Rohrbach (2018) "Dynamics of a protein chain motor driving helical bacteria under stress". Biophysical Journal

  • M.D. Koch and A. Rohrbach (2018) "Label-free imaging and bending analysis of microtubules by ROCS microscopy and optical trapping". Biophysical Journal


  • M.D. Koch, N. Schneider, P. Nick, and A. Rohrbach (2017) "Single microtubules and small networks become significantly stiffer on short time-scales upon mechanical stimulation". Scientific Reports

  • B. Sabass, M.D. Koch, G. Liu, H.A. Stone, and J.W. Shaevitz (2017) "Force generation by groups of migrating bacteria". PNAS

  • M.D. Koch and A. Rohrbach (2014) "How to calibrate an object-adapted optical trap for force sensing and interferometric shape tracking of asymmetric structures". Optics Express

  • M.D. Koch, J. Roth, and A. Rohrbach (2014) "Bakterien gefangen im Licht". BIOspektrum (Invited news article)

  • M.D. Koch and A. Rohrbach (2012) "Object-adapted optical trapping and shape-tracking of energy-switching helical bacteria". Nature Photonics