Associate Professor (Docent, Lektor)
Office: B103; Phone: +46 (0)46 222 4796
E-mail: christelle.prinz [at] ftf.lth.se
Christelle Prinz's research group uses semiconductor nanowires as a model system to investigate the interactions between nanomaterials and living matter on the cellular and organism level. The goal is to obtain fundamental understanding of the effect of specific nanomaterial properties on biological matter by controlling the dimensions, coating and/or the spatial arrangement of the nanowires. The research projects are interdisciplinary and include the following topics:
- nanowire toxicity investigation in Drosophila melanogaster (in collaboration with Prof. Udo Häcker's group in the Department of Experimental Medical Science).
- nanowire biocompatibility in the mouse and rat retina (in collaboration with Prof. Maria-Thereza Perez at the Division of Ophtalmology).
- Rat brain tissue response to nanowires (in collaboration with the Neuronano Research Center).
- nanowires as a tool for cellular mechano-sensing.
Christelle shares the responsibility for the introductory-level course Nanoscience and Technology: An Introduction given within the undergraduate program in Engineering Nanoscience at the Faculty of Engineering.
Christelle obtained her Ph.D. in polymer physics from Strasbourg University in 1999. From 2000 to 2003 she was a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Robert Austin at Princeton University, subsequent to which she came to Lund.