Ingmar Riedel-Kruse

Associate Professor 
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Affiliations: Bio5; Applied Mathematics; Biomedical Engineering

Life Sciences South Building
Office: 552 / Lab: 522+526
1007 E. Lowell Street  |  PO Box 210106  |  Tucson, Arizona 85721

+1 650 644 5613




Research Interests:

Understanding and engineering multi-cell systems and behaviors.

Approaches: Biophysics, synthetic biology, microbiology, mathematics, interaction design.

Selected Publications:

  • Perspective on Human-Biology Interaction Front. Comput. Sci. 2022
  • Delay equations for modeling biological network motifs Nature Communications 2021
  • Engineering and modeling of multicellularity Current Opinion Genetics Development 2020
  • Playing Pac-Man with real cells and virtual ghosts CHI 2020
  • Immersive full-body interaction with living cells Nature Biotechnology 2019
  • Scientific discovery games for biomedical research ARBDS 2019
  • Bioty: Programming paradigm for living matter PNAS 2019
  • Polygonal motion and phototaxis in microswimmers Nature Physics 2018
  • Synthetic cell-cell adhesion for programming multicell structures Cell 2018
  • Biofilm Lithography: Optogenetic cell-surface patterning PNAS 2018
  • Lego liquid handling robots PLoS Biology 2017
  • Massive online learning with real biology experimentation IJAIE 2017
  • Spatiotemporal programming of active particle swarms LabChip 2017
  • Realtime interactive biology cloud labs Nature Biotechnology 2016
  • Signaling delays and error correction in lateral inhibition patterning Phys Rev Lett 2016
  • LudusScope: Playful DIY smartphone microscopy PLoS1 2016
  • Design rules for interactive biotechnology DiGRA/FDG 2016
  • TrapIt! Human-Biology Interactive museum installation CHI 2015
  • Turnbased interactive biology cloud labs CHI 2015
  • Biotic game design course PLoS Biology 2015
  • Fluctuations of flagellar beating Phys Rev Lett 2014
  • Ethics of playing with living matter HCR 2014
  • Biotic games: Engineering, design, utility LabChip 2011
  • Synchrony dynamics, noise, and coupling in the segmentation clock Science 2007
  • Flagellar beat regulation by molecular motors and boundary conditions HFSP 2007
  • Self-organized sperm vortex arrays Science 2005


  • Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
  • Postdoc, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
  • PhD Biophysics, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
  • Diploma Physics, Technical University Dresden, Germany