Prof. Dr. Ana-Suncana Smith

Prof. Dr. Ana-Suncana Smith

Women's Representative

Institute of Theoretical Physics
Professur für Theoretische Physik (Prof. Dr. Smith)

Room: Room 03.168
Cauerstraße 3
91058 Erlangen

Theoretical Physics – Research Area A3

In October 2009 Ana-Sunčana Smith was appointed W1 Junior Professor for Theoretical Physics within the EAM’s Rising Star program. In response to an attractive call to a professorship at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb, Ana Smith has become the first Rising Star Juniorprofessor of EAM to be successfully tenured in October 2012. Her primary research interest lies in modeling and designing the adhesive properties of soft fluid interfaces. This means working at the crossover between the molecular and the microscopic length scales, to make progress in this field but also to open new research directions in connection with some of the very exciting research occurring at EAM.
Ana-Sunčana Smith received her general education at the Physics department of the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where she graduated in June 2001. Her diploma on the origins of hydrophobicity was performed at the Department of Applied Mathematics, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Her doctoral studies were undertaken at TU Munich with Prof. E. Sackmann between February 2002 and December 2004. Here she specialized in the theoretical modeling of cell adhesion processes under the guidance of Prof. U. Seifert. In September 2006, she became a research associate in the group of Prof. U. Seifert at the Institute for Theoretical Physics II, University of Stuttgart.
In March 2011 she was appointed as member of the “Förderkolleg der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften” with her research project “Biophysical modeling of elastic surfaces”. Additionally, she received an EAM Starting Grant worth 100,000 EUR for her project “Multiscale modeling and construction of a self-propelled micro device for cargo transport” in May 2011. In June 2013 she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant worth 1.5 million EUR for her project “MembranesAct – Biological Membranes in Action: A Unified Approach to Complexation, Scaffolding and Active Transport”.