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Scott Forth

Assistant Professor
School of Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
United States of America


Dr. Forth received his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 2009, where his doctoral work involved designing next-generation optical trapping instruments and monitoring the response of DNA to twisting and stretching. Dr. Forth then pursued post-doctoral research in the Laboratory of Chemistry and Cell Biology at the Rockefeller University in New York City, where he focused on applying biophysical methods to the study of microtubule networks that are used by cells during cell division. Dr. Forth joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an Assistant Professor in August of 2016

Research Interest

Biophysics, Mechanics of Cell Division, Single Molecule Methods


  • Y. Shimamoto*, S. Forth*, T.M. Kapoor (*co-first authors) Measuring pushing and braking forces generated by ensembles of kinesin-5 crosslinking two microtubules Developmental Cell 34, 669-681 (2015)

  • S. Forth, K.-C. Hsia, Y. Shimamoto, T.M. Kapoor Asymmetric friction of non-motor MAPs can lead to their directional motion in active microtubule networks Cell 157, 420-32 (2014).

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