Dinah Loerke, PhD

Dinah Loerke

Associate professor

  • Faculty
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy

What I do

Associate Professor with a research and teaching focus on biophysics, biomechanics, imaging, and quantitative computational analysis and modeling




  • Ph.D., Biophysics, University of Goettingen, 2004
  • MS, Physics, University of Goettingen, 1998

Licensure / Accreditations

  • IRBNet Board SL-1 Lab Certification
  • Adult CPR/AED


molecular and mechanical regulation of morphogenesis, regulation of clathrin-coated pit maturation

Key Projects

  • The Biomechanics of Intercalation in Germ-Bank Elongation
  • Deconstructing The Cell's Mechanical Circuits
  • Cottrell Scholar Award

Featured Publications

  • Planar polarized Rab35 functions as an oscillatory ratchet during cell intercalation in the Drosophila epithelium
  • Regulation of clathrin-mediated endocytosis by hierarchical allosteric activation of AP2
  • Cargo and dynamin regulate clathrin-coated pit maturation.
  • Measuring the hierarchy of molecular events during clathrin-mediated endocytosis
  • Quantitative Imaging of Epithelial Cell Scattering Identifies Specific Inhibitors of Cell Motility and Cell-Cell Dissociation


  • 2017 Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation for Science Advancement