Publications

Book
Cell and Matrix Mechanics
Kaunas, Roland, and Assaf Zemel, ed. 2014. Cell and Matrix Mechanics. CRC Press.
Journal Article
Barzilai, Sagi, Sandeep Kumar Yadav, Steven Morrell, Francesco Roncato, Eugenia Klein, Liat Stoler-Barak, Ofra Golani, et al. 2017. “Leukocytes breach endothelial barriers by insertion of nuclear lobes and disassembly of endothelial actin filaments.” Cell Reports 18. Cell Press: 685–699.
Thies, Christian, Galina Khachaturyan, Assaf Zemel, and Ralf Kemkemer. 2016. “Image analysis of self-organized multicellular patterns.” Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering 2: 523–527.
Nisenholz, Noam, Aishwarya Paknikar, Sarah Köster, and Assaf Zemel. 2016. “Contribution of myosin II activity to cell spreading dynamics.” Soft matter 12. Royal Society of Chemistry: 500–507.
Jakobs, Maximilian, Kristian Franze, and Assaf Zemel. 2015. “Force generation by molecular-motor-powered microtubule bundles; implications for neuronal polarization and growth.” Frontiers in cellular neuroscience 9: 441.
Active mechanical coupling between the nucleus, cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix, and the implications for perinuclear actomyosin organization
Zemel, Assaf. 2015. “Active mechanical coupling between the nucleus, cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix, and the implications for perinuclear actomyosin organization.” Soft matter 11. Royal Society of Chemistry: 2353–2363.
Nisenholz, Noam, Kavitha Rajendran, Quynh Dang, Hao Chen, Ralf Kemkemer, Ramaswamy Krishnan, and Assaf Zemel. 2014. “Active mechanics and dynamics of cell spreading on elastic substrates.” Soft matter 10. Royal Society of Chemistry: 7234–7246.
Zemel, Assaf, and Ralf Kemkemer. 2014. “Cell–Matrix and Cell–Cell Mechanical Interactions.” Cell and Matrix Mechanics. CRC Press, 119.
Brill-Karniely, Yifat, Noam Nisenholz, Kavitha Rajendran, Quynh Dang, Ramaswamy Krishnan, and Assaf Zemel. 2014. “Dynamics of cell area and force during spreading.” Biophysical journal 107. Cell Press: L37–L40.
Nisenholz, Noam, Mordechai Botton, and Assaf Zemel. 2014. “Early-time dynamics of actomyosin polarization in cells of confined shape in elastic matrices.” Soft Matter 10. Royal Society of Chemistry: 2453–2462.
Rehfeldt, Florian, André EX Brown, Matthew Raab, Shenshen Cai, Allison L Zajac, Assaf Zemel, and Dennis E Discher. 2012. “Hyaluronic acid matrices show matrix stiffness in 2D and 3D dictates cytoskeletal order and myosin-II phosphorylation within stem cells.” Integrative biology 4. Royal Society of Chemistry: 422–430.
Dado, Dekel, Maayan Sagi, Shulamit Levenberg, and Assaf Zemel. 2012. “Mechanical control of stem cell differentiation.” Regenerative medicine 7: 101–116.
Zemel, Assaf, Rumi De, and Samuel A Safran. 2011. “Mechanical consequences of cellular force generation.” Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science 15. Elsevier: 169–176.
Zemel, A, F Rehfeldt, AEX Brown, DE Discher, and SA SAFRAN. 2010. “Cell shape, spreading symmetry, and the polarization of stress-fibers in cells.” Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 22. IOP Publishing: 194110.
De, Rumi, Assaf Zemel, and Samuel A Safran. 2010. “Theoretical concepts and models of cellular mechanosensing.” Methods in cell biology 98. Elsevier: 143–175.
Zemel, A, F Rehfeldt, AEX Brown, DE Discher, and SA SAFRAN. 2010. “Optimal matrix rigidity for stress-fibre polarization in stem cells.” Nature physics 6. Nature Research: 468–473.

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SAFRAN, SA, R De, and A Zemel. 2010. “Orientational Polarizability and Stress Response of Biological Cells.” IUTAM Symposium on Cellular, Molecular and Tissue Mechanics. Springer Netherlands, 91–101.
Zemel, Assaf, and Alex Mogilner. 2009. “Motor-induced sliding of microtubule and actin bundles.” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 11. Royal Society of Chemistry: 4821–4833.
De, Rumi, Assaf Zemel, and Samuel A Safran. 2008. “Do cells sense stress or strain? Measurement of cellular orientation can provide a clue.” Biophysical journal 94. Elsevier: L29–L31.
Zemel, Assaf, and Alex Mogilner. 2008. “Expansion and polarity sorting in microtubule-dynein bundles.” Progress of Theoretical Physics Supplement 173. Oxford University Press: 17–25.

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