1. M. Xu, W. B. Rogers, W. W. Ahmed, J. L. Ross

"Comparison of different approached to single-molecule imaging of enhanced enzyme diffusion"


2. H. Seyforth, M. Gomez, W. B. Rogers, J. L. Ross, W. W. Ahmed, “Non-equilibrium fluctuations and nonlinear response of an active bath,” (2021). arXiv: 


1. S. Sahu, L. Herbst, R. Quinn, J. L. Ross,

"Crowder and Surface Effects on Self-organization of Microtubules"

Physical Review E, 103, 062408 (2021).



2. G. Lee, M. J. Rush, M. Das, R.J. McGorty, J.L. Ross, R.M. Robertson-Anderson,

“Myosin-driven actin-microtubule networks exhibit self-organized contractile dynamics,”

Scientific Advances, Vol. 7, no. 6, eabe4334 (2021).


3. J.Y. Sheung, D.H. Achiriloaie, C. Currie, K. Peddireddy, A. Xie, J. Simon-Parker, G. Lee, M.J. Rust, M. Das, JL. Ross, R.M. Robertson-Anderson,

“Motor-Driven Restructuring of Cytoskeleton Composites Leads to Tunable Time-Varying Elasticity,”

ACS Macroletters, 10, 1151-1158 (2021)


4. B.J. Gurmessa, M.J. Rust, M. Das, J.L. Ross, R.M. Robertson-Anderson,

“Salt-mediated stiffening, destruction, and resculpting of actomyosin network,”

Frontiers in Physics, accepted (2021).

5. G. Lee, G. Leech, P. Lwin, J. Michel, C. Currie, M. J. Rust, J. L. Ross, R. J. McGorty, M. Das, R. M. Robertson-Anderson,

“Active Cytoskeletal Composites Display Emergent Tunable Contractility and Restructuring” in press at

Soft Matter, (2021)



1. S. N. Ricketts, P. Khanal, M. J. Rust, M. Das, J. L. Ross and R. M. Robertson-Anderson,

"Triggering Cation-Induced Contraction of Cytoskeleton Networks via Microfluidics,"

Front. Phys. 8: 596699, (2020).


2. R. Kemp, A. Chippendale, M. Harrelson, J. Shumway, A. Tan, S. Zuraw, J.L. Ross,

“Interdisciplinary Optics Laboratory Course,” in press at The Biophysicist, (2020).

pdf. web. doi:

Original version arXiv:

3. J. Shechter, N. Atzin, A. Mozaffari, R. Zhang, Y. Zhou, B. Strain, L.M. Oster, J.J. dePablo, J.L. Ross,

"Direct Observation of Liquid Crystal Droplet Configurational Transitions using Optical Tweezers"

in press at Langmuir, (2020).

pdf. web. doi:

4. L. Farhadi, S.N. Ricketts, M.J. Rust, M. Das, R.M. Robertson-Anderson, J.L. Ross ,

”Actin and microtubule crosslinkers tune mobility and control co-localization in a composite cytoskeletal network,”

accepted at Soft Matter, (2020).

pdf. web. doi:

5. R.A. Varikoti, A.C. Macke, V. Speck, J.L. Ross, R.I. Dima,

“Molecular Investigations into the Unfoldase Action of Severing Enzymes on Microtubules,”

accepted at Cytoskeleton, (2020).

pdf. web. doi:


1. S. Advani, T.J. Maresca, J.L. Ross,

"Creation and testing of a new, local microtubule-disruption tool based on the microtubule-severing enzyme, katanin p60,"

Cytoskeleton, 55, pp 531-544 (2019).

pdf. web. doi:

Image selected for the back cover of Cytoskeleton!


2. B.J. Gurmessa, N. Bitten, D.T. Nguyen, J.L. Ross, O.A. Salah, M. Das, R.M. Robertson-Anderson,

“Triggered disassembly and reassembly of actin networks induce rigidity phase transitions,”

Soft Matter, 15, pp 1335-1344, (2019).

pdf. web. doi:


3. J.L. Ross,

"Autonomous materials from biomimicry,"

MRS Bulletin, 44, pp 119-123 (2019).

pdf. web. doi:


4. L. Belonogov, M.E. Bailey, M.A. Tyler, A. Kazemi, J.L. Ross

"Katanin Catalyzes Microtubule Depolymerization Independently of Tubulin C‐ Terminal Tails,"

Cytoskeleton 76, 3, pp 254-268 (2019).

pdf. web . doi:



5. B. Edozie, S. Sahu, M. Pitta, C. Fermino Do Rosario, A. Englert, J.L. Ross, “Self-Organization of Spindle-Like Microtubule Structures,”

Soft Matter 15, pp 4797-4807 (2019).

pdf. web. doi:


Image selected for inside cover of Soft Matter!


6. L. Szatkowski, D.R. Merz, N. Jiang, I. Ejikeme, L. Belonogov, J.L. Ross, R.I. Dima, "Mechanics of the Microtubule Seam Interface Probed by Molecular Simulations and in Vitro Severing Experiments" Journal of Physical Chemistry B 123 23 pp4888-4900 (2019).

pdf. Web. doi:


7.  M. Xu, L. Valdez, A. Sen, J.L. Ross, 

“Direct Single Molecule Imaging of Enhanced Enzyme Diffusion,”

 Physical Review Letters, 123, 12 (2019).


pdf. web. doi: https//


8. B. Gurmessa, M. Francis, M.J. Rust, M. Das, J.L. Ross, R.M. Robertson-Anderson, “Counterion crossbridges enable robust multiscale elasticity in actin networks,”  Physical Reviews Research, 1, 013016 (2019).

pdf. web. doi:


9. S.N. Ricketts, L. FarhadiG, M. Das, J.L. Ross, R.M. Robertson-Anderson, "Varying crosslinking motifs drive the mesoscale mechanics of actin-microtubule composites,” 9, 12831 Scientific Reports, (2019).

pdf. web. doi: 

10. M. Francis, S.N. Ricketts, L. Farhadi, M.J. Rust, M. Das, J.L. Ross, R.M. Robertson-Anderson, "Non-monotonic dependence of stiffness on actin crosslinking in cytoskeleton composites," Soft Matter, (2019)

pdf. web. doi:



1. C.C. Homyak, A. Fernandez, M.A. Touve, B. Zhao, F. Anson, J.A. Hardy, R. Vachet, N.C. Gianneschi, J.L. Ross, S. Thayumanavan,

“Lipogels for Encapsulation of Hydrophilic Proteins and Hydrophobic Small Molecules,”

Biomacromolecules, 19 (1), pp 132–140, (2018)

pdf. web. doi:


2. R. Zhang, N. Kumar, J.L. Ross, M.L. Gardel, J.J. de Pablo,

“Interplay of Structure, Elasticity and Dynamics in Actin-Based Nematic Materials,”

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 115, (2), 124-133 (2018).

pdf. web. doi:



3. B. Harris, J.L. Ross, T.L. Hawkins, 

"Microtubule Seams are not Mechanically Weak Defects,"

Physical Review E. 97, 062408 (2018).

pdf. web. doi:

Image selected for AIP Kaleidoscope for June 2018:


4. L. Farhadi, C. Fermino do Rosario, E.P. Debold, A. Baskaran, J.L. Ross, 

"Composite Polymer Active Matter,"

Frontiers in Physics. July 30 (2018).

pdf. web. doi:

5. S.N. Ricketts, J.L. Ross, R.M. Robertson-Anderson,

“Co-entangled actin-microtubule composites exhibit tunable stress stiffening and biphasic power-law relaxation,”

Biophysical Journal 115, (6), 1055-1067 (2018).

pdf. web. doi:

6. K. Nordstrom, J. Conrad, K. Daniels, J.L. Ross,

"For SHE’s a Jolly Good Fellow?" BACK PAGE of the APS News, April 2018 

7. L. Atkins, S.K. Bur, J.D. Gilbertson, D. Kosenkov, J.L. Ross, S.B. Sigmann,

“Continuum of Labs,”

chapter from the workshop report on Expanding the CURE Model: Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience,

Eds. Rory Waterman and Jennifer Heemstra,

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (2018).

pdf.  web . ISBN-13: 978-0-692-12373-7


1. N. Jiang, M.E. Bailey, J. Burke, J.L. Ross, R. Dima,

“Effects of lattice defects on microtubule breaking and healing,”

Cytoskeleton 74, 3-17, (2017).

pdf. web. doi:

2. M.W. Gramlich, L. Conway, W.H. Liang, J.A. Labastide, S.J. King, J. Xu*, J.L. Ross*,

"Single Molecule Investigation of Kinesin-1 Motility Using Engineered Microtubule Defects,"

Scientific Reports article #44290 (2017).

pdf. web. doi:

*co-corresponding authors

3. H. Hess, J.L. Ross,

"Non-equilibrium assembly of microtubules: from molecules to autonomous chemical robots,"

Chemical Society Reviews (2017)

pdf. web. doi:

4. K. Stanhope*, V. Yadav*, C.D. Santangelo, J.L. Ross,

"Contractility in and Extensile System,"

Soft Matter, 13, 4268-4277, (2017).

pdf. web. doi: 


*co-first authors

5. V. Barsegov, J.L. Ross, and R. Dima,

"Dynamics of microtubules: highlights of recent computational and experimental investigations,"

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29, 43 (2017)

pdf. web. doi:

6. N. Isozaki, H. Shintaku, H. Kotera, T.L. Hawkins, J.L. Ross, R. Yokokawa

“Sorting of molecular shuttles by designing electrical and mechanical properties of microtubules,” Science Robotics (2017).  pdf. web. doi:

bioarXiv ID:

7. R. Hernandez, M. Stains, K. S. Bjorkman, A. Donovan, P. Dorhout, A. L. Feig, P. W. Hammer, J. L. Ross, J. Wesemann, and S. K. Iyer

"Leadership Training for Teacher-Scholars,"

Educational and Outreach Projects from the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative: Professional Development and Outreach Volume 2, ACS Symposium Series 1259, edited by R. Waterman and A. Feig, Chapter. 4, pp. 35-49 (American Chemical Society, Washington DC, 2017).



1. F.B. Romano, K.C. Rossi, Y. Tang, K.R. Monopoli, J.L. Ross, A.P. Heuck,

“Type 3 Secretion translocators spontaneously assemble a hexadecameric transmembrane complex” Journal of Biological Chemistry, 291, 6304-6315, (2016).

pdf. web. doi:


2. M.E. Bailey, N. Jiang, R.I. Dima, J.L. Ross,

"Microtubule Severing Enzymes Couple ATPase Activity with Tubulin GTPase Spring Loading,"

Biopolymers, 105, 547-556, (2016).

pdf. web. doi:

3. J.L. Ross,

"Dark Matter of Biology,"

Biophysical Journal, 111,  909–916 (2016).  

pdf. web. doi:

** Chosen as the first article in the BEST OF 2016!!

highlighted with header banner, designed by Ross:


1. K. Stanhope, J.L. Ross,

“Microtubules, MAPs, and Motor Proteins,” 

Methods in Cell Biology, Eds. J.L. Ross, W. Marshall, Chapter 2, 23-37 (2015). 


2. “Building a Cell From Its Component Parts,” 

Methods in Cell Biology, volume 128, Editors: J.L. Ross and W. Marshall.

Published 2015. 

(Cover Art)


3. S.K. Blanchard, B.J. Mann, J. Titus, J.L. Ross, P. Wadsworth,

“TPX2 inhibits Eg5 by interactions with both motor and microtubule,” 

Journal of Biological Chemistry 290, 17367-17379 (2015).

pdf  web  doi:


4. M.E. Bailey, D.L. Sackett, J.L. Ross,

"Katanin severing and binding microtubules is inhibited by tubulin carboxy tails type,"  

Biophysical Journal, 109, 2546–2561 (2015).

pdf  web doi:


1. M.W. Gramlich, J. Bae, R. Hayward,  J.L. Ross,

“Fluorescence imaging of nanoscale domains in polymer blends using stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM),” 

Optics Express 22, 8438–8450 (2014).  

pdf  web  doi:


2. R. Kemp, A. Chippendale, M. Harrelson, J. Shumway, A. Tan, S. Zuraw, J.L. Ross,

“Microscope Project for Undergraduate Laboratories,” (2014).

pdf. web:

3. L. Conway J.L. Ross,

“Chapter 11: Measuring Transport of Motor Cargos,”

in Fluorescent Methods for Molecular Motors, Christopher Toseland and Natialia Fili Eds. Series: Experientia Supplementum, Vol. 105, Springer (2014). 


4. L. Conway J.L. Ross,

“Kinesin Motor Transport is Altered by Macromolecular Crowding and Transiently Associated Microtubule-Associated Proteins,” (2014) 



5. L. Conway, M.W. Gramlich, S.M.A. Tabei, J.L. Ross,

“Microtubule Orientation and Spacing within Bundles is Critical for Long-Range Kinesin-1 Motility,” 

Cytoskeleton, 71, 595-610 (2014).  

pdf  web  doi:


1. T. Hawkins, D. Sept, B. Moogessie, A. Straube,  J.L. Ross,

“Mechanics of Doubly Stabilized Microtubules,” 

Biophysical Journal, 104, 1517-1528 (2013).     

pdf   web  doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.02.026

*Cover Art 

**Chosen for Biophysical Journal Collection on Molecular Motors and the Cytoskeleton.


2. J. Pringle, A. Muthukumar, A. Tan, L. Crankshaw, L. Conway, J.L. Ross,

“Microtubule Organization by Kinesin Motors and the Microtubule Crosslinking Protein, MAP65,”   

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 25, 374103 Special issue: Physics of Protein Motility, (2013).  

pdf   web   doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/25/37/374103


3. L. Conway, J.L. Ross,

“A model system to study transport of self-assembled cargos,” 

Communicative and Integrative Biology, 6, e-25387 (2013).  

pdf  web  doi: 10.4161/cib.25387


4. J.D. Diaz-Valencia, M. Bailey, J.L. Ross,

“Purification and Biophysical Analysis of Microtubule-Severing Enzymes In Vitro,” 

Methods in Cell Biology, Eds. L. Wilson and J.J. Correia, Chapter 13, 191-213 (2013).  

web  doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-407757-7.00013-X


5. M. Bailey, L. Conway, M.W. Gramlich, T.L. Hawkins, J.L. Ross,

“Modern Methods to Interrogate Microtubule Dynamics,” 

Integrative Biology, 5, 1324-1333 (2013).    

pdf   web  doi: 10.1039/C3IB40124C

*Chosen as an iBiology HOT Article!


1. A. Gable, M. Qiu, J. Titus, S. Balchand, N.P. Ferenz, N. Ma, E.S. Collins, C. Fagerstrom, J.L. Ross, G. Yang, P. Wadsworth,

“Dynamic reorganization of Eg5 in the mammalian spindle throughout mitosis requires dynein and TPX2,” 

Molecular Biology of the Cell, 23, 1254-1266 (2012).  

pdf   web  doi: 10.1091/mbc.E11-09-0820


2. D.J. Sharp and J.L. Ross,

“Microtubule Severing Enzymes at the Cutting Edge,” 

Journal of Cell Science, 125, 2561-2569 (2012).  

pdf  web  doi: 10.1242/jcs.101139


3. T.L. Hawkins, M. Mirigian, J. Li, M.S. Yasar, D.L. Sackett, D. Sept, J.L. Ross,

“Perturbations in Microtubule Mechanics from Tubulin Preparation,” 

Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 5, 227-238 (2012).   

pdf  web   doi: 10.​1007/​s12195-012-0229-8


4. J.L. Ross,

“The impacts of molecular motor traffic jams,”

Commentary in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 109, 5911-5912 (2012).  

pdf  web  doi: 10.1073/pnas.120354210


5. S. Mukherjee, J.D. Diaz-Valencia, S. Stewman, S. Monnier, U. Rath, A.B. Asenjo, R.A. Charafeddine, H.J. Sosa, J.L. Ross, A. Ma and D.J. Sharp,

“Human fidgetin is a microtubule severing enzyme and minus-end depolymerase that regulates mitosis,” 

Cell Cycle, 11, 1-8 (2012).  

pdf  web  doi: 10.4161/cc.20849


6. J.L. Ross,

book review of “Introduction to Experimental Biophysics: Biological Methods for Physical Scientists,” by Jay Nadeau 

Physics Today, 65, 52 (2012).  

pdf  web  


7. L.Conway, D. Wood, E. Tuzel, J.L. Ross,

“Motor Transport of Self-Assembled Cargos in Crowded Conditions,” 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 109, 20814-20819 (2012).

pdf  web  doi: 10.1073/pnas.1209304109


1. D. Zhang, K.D. Grode, S.F. Stewman, J.D. Diaz-Valencia, E. Liebling, U. Rath, T. Riera, J.D. Currie, D.W. Buster, A.B. Asenjo, H.J. Sosa, J.L. Ross, A. Ma, S.L. Rogers and D.J. Sharp

“Drosophila katanin is a microtubule depolymerase that regulates cortical-microtubule plus-end interactions and cell migration,”

Nature Cell Biology, 13, 361-369 (2011).  

pdf  web  doi: 10.1038/ncb2206


2. J.D. Diaz-Valencia, M.M. Morelli, M. Bailey, D. Zhang, D.J. Sharp, and J.L. Ross,

“Drosophila Katanin-60 Depolymerizes and Severs at Microtubule Defects,”

Biophysical Journal, 100, 2440-2449 (2011).   

pdf   web  doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2011.03.062

*Cover Art!


3. L. Liu, E. Tuzel, J.L. Ross,

“Loop formation in microtubules during gliding at high density,”

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter Special Issue: Cooperative Dynamics in Cells, 23, 374104 (2011)    

pdf  web  doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/23/37/374104

*Chosen as a top article for 2011!


4. C.P. Samora, B. Mogessie, L. Conway, J.L. Ross, A. Straube, A.D. McAinsh,

“MAP4 and CLASP1 operate as a safety mechanism to maintain a stable spindle position in mitosis,” 

Nature Cell Biology, 13, 1040-1050 (2011).  

pdf  web  doi: 10.1038/ncb2297


5. N. Ma, J. Titus, A. Gable, J.L. Ross, P. Wadsworth,

“TPX2 regulates the localization and activity of Eg5 in the mammalian mitotic spindle,” 

Journal of Cell Biology, 195, 87-98 (2011).  

pdf   web  doi: 10.1083/jcb.201106149


1. S. Gon, M. Bendersky, J.L. Ross and M.M. Santore

“Manipulating Protein Adsorption using a Patchy Protein-Resistant Brush,” 

Langmuir, 26, 12147-12154 (2010).  

pdf  web  doi: 10.1021/la1016752


2. A.G. Hendricks, E. Perlson, J.L. Ross, H.W. Schroeder, M. Tokito, E.L.F. Holzbaur,

“Motor Coordination via a Tug-of-War Mechanism Drives Bidirectional Vesicle Transport,” 

Current Biology, 20, 697-702 (2010).  

pdf  web  doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.02.058


3. J.L. Ross and R. Dixit,

“Multiple Color Single Molecule TIRF Imaging and Tracking of MAPs and Motors,” 

Methods in Cell Biology, Eds. L. Wilson and J.J. Correia, 95, Chapter 26, 521-542 (2010). 

web  doi: 10.1016/S0091-679X(10)95026-7


4. R. Dixit and J.L. Ross,

“Studying Plus-End Tracking at Single Molecule Resolution Using TIRF,” 

Methods in Cell Biology, Eds. L. Wilson and J.J. Correia, 95, Chapter 27, 543-554 (2010). 

web doi: 10.1016/S0091-679X(10)95027-9 


5. T. Hawkins, M. Mirigian, M. Selcuk Yasar, J.L. Ross,

“Mechanics of Microtubules,” 

Journal of Biomechanics, 43, 23-30 (2010)  

pdf  web  doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2009.09.005


E. Perlson, G.B. Jeong, J.L. Ross, R. Dixit, K. Wallace, R. Kalb, E.L.F. Holzbaur,

“A switch in retrograde signaling from survival to stress in rapid onset neurodegeneration,” 

Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 9903-9917 (2009). 

pdf   web   doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0813-09.2009


1. K.J. Rosenberg, J.L. Ross, H.E. Feinstein, S.C. Feinstein, J. Israelachvili,

“Complementary dimerization of microtubule-associated protein tau: Implications for microtubule bundling and tau-mediated pathogensis.” 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 105, 7445-7450 (2008). 

pdf  web   doi: 10.1073/pnas.0802036105


2. J.L. Ross, H. Shuman, E.L.F. Holzbaur, Y.E.Goldman,

“Kinesin and dynein-dynactin at intersecting microtubules: Motor density affects dynein function,” 

Biophysics Journal, 94, 3115-3125 (2008).   

pdf  web  doi: 10.1529/biophysj.107.120014


3. R. Dixit, J.L. Ross, Y.E.Goldman, E.L.F.Holzbaur,

“Differential regulation of dynein and kinesin motor proteins by tau,” 

Science, 319, 1086-1089 (2008). 

pdf  web   doi: 10.1126/science.1152993


4. J.L. Ross, M.Y. Ali, D.M. Warshaw,

“Cargo transport: Molecule motors navigate a complex cytoskeleton,” 

Current Opinion in Cell Biology, 20, 41-47 (2008). 

pdf  web  doi: 10.1016/


J. Caviston, J.L. Ross, S.M. Antony, M. Tokito, E.L.F. Holzbaur,

“A Role for Huntingtin in Dynein/Dynactin-Mediated Vesicle Trafficking,”

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 104, 10045-10050 (2007).

pdf  web  doi: 10.1073/pnas.0610628104


J.L. Ross, K. Wallace, H. Shuman, Y.E. Goldman, E.L.F. Holzbaur,

“Single Dynein-Dynactin Complexes Exhibit Bi-Directional Motion in vitro,” 

Nature Cell Biology, 8, 562-570 (2006).  

pdf  web  doi:10.1038/ncb1421


J.L. Ross, C.D. Santangelo, V. Makrides, D.K. Fygenson,

“Tau Induces Cooperative Taxol Binding to Microtubules,”

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 101, 12910-12915 (2004).  

pdf   web  doi: 10.1073/pnas.0402928101


J.L. Ross and D.K. Fygenson,

“Mobility of Taxol in Microtubule Bundles,”

Biophysical Journal, 84, 3959-3967 (2003).   

pdf  web  doi: