Robert Ros is Professor for Physics and Director of the Center for Biological Physics at Arizona State University. After having completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in physics at the University of Freiburg and Heidelberg, Germany, with the Diplom (comparable to master) and a diploma thesis in the field of biosensor technology at the Applied Physical Chemistry Group of Prof. M. Grunze, he joined the Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology at the Paul Scherrer Institute and the group of Prof. H.-J. Güntherodt, University of Basel, for his PhD. In collaboration with the Biochemistry Group of Prof. A. Plückthun at Zurich University he focused on force spectroscopy experiments on single molecule antibody-antigen complexes and implicating forces with kinetic and thermodynamic parameters. He received a PhD in Experimental Physics in 2000 from the University of Basel, Switzerland. After a postdoc in the lab of Prof. H. Siegenthaler, Department of Chemistry, University of Bern and the Paul Scherrer Institut in the field of electrochemical STM, Dr. Ros moved to the Physics Department at Bielefeld University, where he started as postdoctoral fellow in the Experimental Biophysics and Applied Nanosciences group of Prof. D. Anselmetti. In 2001, he was appointed as Scientific Lecturer (‘Wissenschaftlicher Assistent’, C1) and project leader, and received his Habilitation and venia legendi in Experimental Physics from the Physics Faculty, University of Bielefeld in 2004. After the habilitation he held the position of a University Lecturer ('Hochschuldozent', C2) at the Physics Faculty, Bielefeld University, Germany. In 2008, Dr. Ros joined Arizona State University, where he holds his current appointment.
Dr. Ros is an experimental biophysicist in the field of nanobiophysics with special emphasis on structural biology, physics of molecular recognition, conformational dynamics of single (bio-)molecules, cell adhesion and mechanics using scanning probe methods, force spectroscopy technologies, fluorescence microscopy, and nanophotonics.