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Karin John

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Research Fellow at the CNRS
contact : karin.john(at)

Research interests

  • homogenization approaches for the thermodynamic consistent description of material properties and growth dynamics of discrete elastic materials
  • modelling of material properties of microtubules
  • transport mechanisms of thin liquid films
  • pattern formation in reaction-diffusion systems

Recent publications
S. Trinschek, K. John, U. Thiele (2016) From a thin film model for passive suspensions towards the description of osmotic biofilm spreading. AIMS Materials Science 3, 1138.
C. Aumeier, L. Schaedel, J. Gaillard, K. John, L. Blanchoin, M. Théry (2016)
Self-repair promotes microtubule rescue. Nat. Cell Biol. to appear.
K. John, T. Stoeter, C. Misbah (2016) A variational approach to the growth dynamics of pre-stressed actin filament networks. J. Phys. Cond. Mat. 28, 375101
L. Schädel, K. John, J. Gaillard, M. V. Nachury, L. Blanchoin and M. Théry (2015) Microtubules self-repair in response to mechanical stresses. Nat. Mater. 14, 1156.
K. John, D. Caillerie and C. Misbah (2014) Spontaneous polarization in an interfacial growth model for actin filament networks with a rigorous mechanochemical coupling. Phys. Rev. E 90, 052706.
K. John, S. Alonso and M. Bär (2014) Traveling waves and global oscillations triggered by attractive molecular interactions in an excitable system. Phys. Rev. E 90, 052913.
K. John, D. Caillerie, P. Peyla, A. Raoult and C. Misbah (2013) Nonlinear elasticity of cross-linked networks. Phys. Rev. E 87, 042721.
K. John and U. Thiele (2010) Self-ratcheting Stokes drops driven by oblique vibrations. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 107801.


Uwe Thiele - Universität Münster, Germany
Laurent Blanchoin, Manuel Théry - CEA Grenoble, France
Chaouqi Misbah - LIPhy Grenoble
Eric Bertin - LIPhy Grenoble