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– In italic are Gourdon’s post-docs / grad students / undergrad students.

– Gourdon’s h-index: 24, total citations: 3338.
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Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • A. Eguiluz R., Cook S. G., Tan M., Brown C. N., Pacifici N. J., Samak M. S., Bonassar L. J., Putnam D. A. and Gourdon D. Synergistic interactions of a synthetic lubricin-mimetic with fibronectin for enhanced wear protection. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology volume 5, Article 36 (June 2017) DOI:10.3389/fbioe.2017.00036.

  • Wu F., Chen W., Gillis B, Fischbach C., Estroff L. and Gourdon D. Protein-crystal interface mediates cell adhesion and proangiogenic secretion. Biomaterials 116, 1–12 (2017) DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.11.043 .


  • Samaroo K., Tan M., Andresen Eguiluz R., Gourdon D., Putnam D., Bonassar L. Tunable Lubricin-mimetics for Boundary Lubrication of Cartilage, Biotribology 9, 18–23 (2017) DOI: 10.1016/j.biotri.2017.02.001

  • Wang K., Wu F., Seo B.R. Fischbach C., Chen W., Hsu L. and Gourdon D. Breast cancer cells alter the dynamics of stromal fibronectin-collagen interactions, Matrix Biology 60–61, 86–95 (2017) DOI: 10.1016/j.matbio.2016.08.001 .

  • Wang K., Seo B.R., Fischbach C. and Gourdon D. Fibronectin Mechanobiology Regulates Tumorigenesis (Review article). Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering 9, 1–11 (2016) DOI: 10.1007/s12195-015-0417-4 .

  • Eguiluz R.A, Wu F., Cook S., Brown C., Pacifici N., Bonassar L. and Gourdon D. Fibronectin mediates enhanced wear protection of lubricin during shear. Biomacromolecules 16, 2884–2894 (2015) DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.5b00810 .

  • B.R. Seo, J. Gonzalez, P. Bhardwaj, R.A. EguiluzK. Wang, H. Sha, S. Mohanan, R.M. Williams, L.T. Vahdat, L. Qi, O. Reizes, A. J. Dannenberg, D. Gourdon and C. Fischbach. Obesity-dependent changes of interstitial ECM mechanics and their role in breast tumorigenesis. Science Translational Medicine 7, 301ra130 (2015). Published online on August 19, 2015. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3010467. Associated Science AAAS News, DOI:10.1126/science.aad1648 .

  • Wang K., Eguiluz R.A.Wu F, Seo B.R., Fischbach C. and Gourdon D. Stiffening and unfolding of early deposited-fibronectin activate proangiogenic secretion by breast cancer-associated stromal cells. Biomaterials 54, 63–71 (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2015.03.019 .

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  • Kubow K., Vukmirovic R., Klotzsch E., Smith M., Gourdon D., Luna S. and Vogel V. Mechanical Forces Regulate the Interactions ofFibronectin and Collagen I in Extracellular Matrix. Nature Communications 6, 8026 (2015). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9026 .

  • A.M.D. Wan, S. Inal, T. Williams, K. Wang, P. Leleux, L. Estevez, E.P. Giannelis, C. Fischbach, G.G. Malliaras, and D. Gourdon. 3D conducting polymer platforms for electrical control of protein conformation and cellular functions. J. Mater. Chem. B 3, 5040–5048 (2015). DOI: 10.1039/C5TB00390C .

  • Wu F, Chang J.H., Lin D., Fischbach C., Estroff L. and Gourdon D. Effect of the materials properties of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles on fibronectin deposition and conformation. Crystal Growth & Design  15, 2452–2460 (2015). DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.5b00231 .

  • A.M.D. Wan, E.M. Chandler, M. Madhavan, C.K. Ober, D. Gourdon, G.G. Malliaras and C. Fischbach. Fibronectin conformation regulates the proangiogenic capability of tumor-associated adipogenic stromal cells. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1830, 4314 (2013). DOI: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2013.03.033.


  • Chandler, E. M., Seo, B. R., Califano, J. P., Eguiluz, R. A., Lee, J. S., Yoon, C. J., Tims, D. T., Wang, J. X., Cheng, L., Mohanan, S., Buckley, M. R., Cohen, I., Nikitin, A. Y., Gourdon, D., Reinhart-King, C. A. & Fischbach, C. Implanted adipose progenitor cells as physicochemical regulators of breast cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 109, 9786 (2012). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1121160109 .

  • Wan, A. M. D., Schur, R. M., Ober, C. K., Fischbach, C., Gourdon, D. and Malliaras, G. G. Electrical Control of Protein Conformation. Adv. Mater. 24, 2501–2505 (2012). DOI: 10.1002/adma.201200436 .

  • E.M. Chandler, M.P. Saunders, C.J. Yoon, D. Gourdon, and C. Fischbach. Adipose progenitor cells increase fibronectin matrix strain and unfolding in breast tumors. Phys. Biol. 8(1), 015008 (2011). DOI: 10.1088/1478-3975/8/1/015008 .

  • K. Kubow, E. Klotzsch, M.L. Smith, D. Gourdon, W.C. Little and V. Vogel. Crosslinking of cell-derived 3D scaffolds up-regulates the stretching and unfolding of new extracellular matrix assembled by reseeded cells. Integr. Biol. 1, 635 (2009). DOI: 10.1039/B914996A .

  • W. Little, R. Schwartlander, M. Smith, D. Gourdon, and V. Vogel. Stretched extracellular matrix proteins turn fouling and are functionally rescued by the chaperones albumin and casein. Nano Lett. 9, 4158 (2009). DOI: 10.1021/nl902365z .

  • E. Klotzsch, M. Smith, K. Kubow, S. Muntwyler, W. Little, F. Beyeler, D. Gourdon, B. Nelson and V. Vogel. Fibronectin forms the most extensible biological fibers displaying switchable force-exposed cryptic binding sites. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 18267(2009). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.09075181106 .

  • D. Gourdon, Q. Lin, E. Oroudjev, H. Hansma, Y. Golan, S. Arad and J. Israelachvili.Adhesion and stable low friction provided by a subnanometer-thick monolayer of a natural polysaccharide. Langmuir 24, 1534 (2008). DOI: 10.1021/la702259c .

  • Q. Lin, D. Gourdon, C. Sun, N. Holten-Andersen, T.H. Anderson, J.H. Waite and J. Israelachvili. Adhesion mechanisms of the mussel foot proteins mfp-1 and mfp-3. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104, 3782 (2007). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0607852104 .

  • A. Godfrey Alig, D. Gourdon and J. Israelachvili. Properties of confined and sheared rhodamine B films studied by SFA-FECO spectroscopy, J. Phys. Chem. B. 111, 95 (2007). DOI: 10.1021/jp050783g.

  • M.L. Smith, D. Gourdon, W. Little, K.E. Kubow, R. Andresen Eguiluz, S. Luna-Morris and V. Vogel. Force-induced unfolding of fibronectin in the extracellular matrix of living cells. PLoS Biology 5, e268 (2007). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050268 .

  • D. Gourdon and J. Israelachvili. Comment on ‘Superlubricity: a paradox about confined fluids resolved’. Phys. Rev. Lett.  96, 099601 (2006). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.099601 .

  • J. Gao, W.D. Luedtke, D. Gourdon, M. Ruths, J.N. Israelachvili and U. Landman. Frictional Forces and Amontons’ Law: From the Molecular to the Macroscopic Scale, J. Phys. Chem. B. 108, 3410 (2004). DOI: 10.1021/jp036362l .

  •  D. Gourdon, M. Yasa, A. Godfrey Alig, Y. Li, C. Safinya and J. Israelachvili. Mechanical and structural properties of BaCrO4 nanorod films under confinement and shear. Adv. Funct. Mat.14, 238–242 (2004). DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200305078 .

  • J. Israelachvili and D. Gourdon. Putting liquids under molecular-scale confinement. Science292, 867 (2001). DOI: 10.1126/science.1061206 .

  • F. Oulevey, G. Gremaud, A. Semoroz, A.J. Kulik, N.A. Burnham, E. Dupas and D. Gourdon. Local mechanical spectroscopy with nanometer-scale lateral resolution. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 2085 (1998). DOI: 10.1063/1.1148903 .

  • M. Liley, D. Gourdo.n, D. Stamou, U. Meseth, T. Fischer, C. Lautz, H. Stahlberg, H. Vogel, N.A. Burnham and C. Duschl.  Friction anisotropy and asymmetry of a compliant monolayer induced by a small molecular tilt. Science 280, 273 (1998). DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5361.273 .

  • N.A. Burnham, O.P. Behrend, F. Oulevey, G. Gremaud, P.-J. Gallo, D. Gourdon, E. Dupas, A.J. Kulik, H.M. Pollock and G.A.D. Briggs. How does a tip tap? Nanotechnology 8, 67 (1997). DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/8/2/004 .

  • D. Stamou, D. Gourdon, M. Liley, N.A. Burnham, A. Kulik, H. Vogel and C. Duschl.Uniformly flat gold surfaces: imaging the domain structure of organic mono­layers using scanning force microscopy. Langmuir 13, 2425 (1997). DOI: 10.1021/la962123w .

  • D. Gourdon, N.A. Burnham, A. Kulik, E. Dupas, F. Oulevey, G. Gremaud, D. Stamou, M. Liley, Z. Dienes, H. Vogel and C. Duschl. The dependence of friction anisotropies on the molecular organization of LB films as observed by AFM. Tribol. Lett. 3, 317 (1997). DOI: 10.1023/A:1019118213740 .

Books Chapters


  • Eguiluz R.A., Schur R, Gourdon D. “Lubrication and Adhesion by Charged        Biopolymers for Biomedical Applications” in Biopolymers ISBN 978-953-307-109-1, Elnashar M Ed; 2009, InTech Publishing Group .