- Swimming dynamics of micro- to mesoscale organisms
- Biomechanics of living materials, such as tiny plant roots and immune cells
- Wetting and capillary phenomena
Group Leader: Prof. Matilda Backholm
- Tenure-track Assistant Professor (2022–), Dept. of Applied Physics, Aalto University.
- Postdoc(2015–2017) and Academy of Finland postdoc (2017–2022), Aalto University.
- PhD in Physics, McMaster University, Canada (2015).
- MSc in Nanoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark (2011).
- BSc in Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland (2009).
Grants and awards (selection)
- ERC StG (2023), Research Council of Finland Research Fellowship (2023), grant from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation (2023), the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters Väisälä Starting Grant (2023), Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher (2017).
- Hannu Koskinen’s best presentation award at the Finnish Physics Days (2019), the Ruth and Nils-Erik Stenbäck Prize for career accomplishments in science (2017), the McMaster University School of Graduate Studies International Excellence Award (2012 and 2014).
- Long-term stability of aerophilic metallic surfaces underwater
A. B. Tesler, S. Kolle, L. H. Prado, I. Thievessen, D. Böhringer, M. Backholm, B. Karunakaran, H. A. Nurmi, M. Latikka, L. Fischer, S. Stafslien, Z. M. Cenev, J. V. I. Timonen, M. Bruns, A. Mazare, U. Lohbauer, S. Virtanen, B. Fabry, P. Schmuki, R. H. A. Ras, J. Aizenberg, and W. H. Goldmann
Nature Materials (2023).
- Water droplet friction and rolling dynamics on superhydrophobic surfaces
M. Backholm*, D. Molpeceres, M. Vuckovac, H. Nurmi, M. Hokkanen, V. Jokinen, J.V.I. Timonen, and R.H.A. Ras
Communications Materials 1, 64(2020).
- Viscosity-enhanced droplet motion in sealed superhydrophobic capillaries
M. Vuckovac, M. Backholm, J.V.I. Timonen, and R.H.A. Ras
Science Advances 6, eaba5197 (2020).
[Highlighted by 12 news outlets, such as Physics Today and Physics World.]
- Micropipette force sensors for in vivo force measurements on single cells and multicellular microorganisms
M. Backholm*, and O. Bäumchen
Nature Protocols 14, 594–615 (2019).
[Highlighted by 10 news outlets, including Science Daily, Phys.org, EurekAlert, ScienMag, TodayChan, and Göttinger Tageblatt]
- Tangling of tethered swimmers: Interactions between two nematodes
M. Backholm, R. D. Schulman, W. S. Ryu, and K. Dalnoki-Veress
Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 138101 (2014).
[Editor's Suggestion, Highlighted by PRL Editorial]
- Viscoelastic properties of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, a self-similar, shear-thinning worm
M. Backholm, W. S. Ryu, and K. Dalnoki-Veress
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (PNAS) 110, 4528-4533 (2013).
Aalto researcher aims to understand the complex movement of brine shrimp—a gateway to physics on an unfamiliar scale
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The Academy of Finland has granted Aalto University funding for 15 Academy Research Fellowships
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