PoL – Physics of Life | Vision and Research Avenues

Research Avenue 4

Fluxes, Fluctuations and the Emergence of Form

RA4 will reveal physical principles of organization that underlie the living state of matter. This research avenue will stimulate and aid RA1-3 by integrating the discoveries of RA1-3 in a more general context. We will bring concepts of non-equilibrium statistical physics and of nonlinear dynamics to the study of living matter. How are energy and matter fluxes patterned in space and time during morphogenesis? How can we integrate metabolic processes in a general theory of active matter? How can structures robustly arise in the presence of fluctuations and perturbations? How can cells reliably make decisions in light of fluctuations, perturbations and uncertainty? How does the genome encode shape and form in space and time? Which mechanisms allow for variations of shapes? Research in RA4 will bring understanding of how energy and matter fluxes are patterned in space and time, how biological structures robustly arise in active matter in the presence of fluctuations and perturbations, and how the variability of shapes is encoded in the genome.

Research Avenue Leader

Research Avenue 4

Frank Jülicher

MPI-PKS | Director of MPI-PKS, Professor for Biophysics

Dynamic processes in cells and tissues

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Core Groups

Research Avenue 1 RA3 RA4 RA5 RA6

Otger Campàs Group

Physics of Embryonic Self-Organization and Morphogenesis

Chair of Tissue Dynamics

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© MPI-CBG

Research Avenue 1 RA4 RA5

Natalie Dye Group

Biophysics of epithelial growth and tumorigenesis

Research Group Leader

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© MPI-CBG

Research Avenue 3 RA1 RA4 RA6

Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich Group

Mechanics of active biomaterials

Research Group Leader

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© BIOTEC

Research Avenue 4 RA1 RA2 RA3

Benjamin Friedrich Group

Biological Algorithms: Spatio-temporal dynamics of cells and tissues

Heisenberg Professor for Biological Algorithms

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© cfaed, Katharina Knaut

Research Avenue 4

Helmut Schießel Group

Theoretical Physics of Living Matter

Chair of Theoretical Physics of Living Matter

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Associates and Affiliates

Research Avenue 1 RA4 RA5 RA6

Michael Brand Group

TUD CRTD | Professor for Developmental Genetics

Development and Regeneration of the Vertebrate Brain

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Research Avenue 3 RA1 RA2 RA4

Stephan W. Grill Group

MPI-CBG | Director of MPI-CBG, Professor for Biophysics

Physics of Life

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Research Avenue 1 RA4

Meritxell Huch Group

MPI-CBG | Lise Meitner Max Planck Research Group Leader

Organoids, tissue regeneration and its deregulation in disease

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Research Avenue 4

Frank Jülicher Group

MPI-PKS | Director of MPI-PKS, Professor for Biophysics

Dynamic processes in cells and tissues

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Research Avenue 5 RA1 RA4

Moritz Kreysing Group

MPI-CBG | Research Group Leader

Biophotonics and self-organization

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Research Avenue 4 RA2 RA3

Nils Kröger Group

TUD B CUBE | Professor for Biomimetic Materials

From Molecular Mechanisms of Biomineralization and Bioadhesion to Applications in Nanobiotechnology

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Research Avenue 4 RA1 RA5 RA6

Carl Modes Group

MPI-CBG | Research Group Leader

Network Complexity and Systems Biophysics

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Research Avenue 5 RA4

Eugene W. Myers Group

CSBD | Director of MPI-CBG, Professor for Computational Molecular Biology

Exploring Cells & Systems via Image Analysis and Customized Microscopy

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Research Avenue 4 RA1

Jonathan Rodenfels Group

MPI-CBG | Research Group Leader

Energetics of Biological Systems

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Research Avenue 5 RA1 RA4 RA6

Ivo F. Sbalzarini Group

TUD, CSBD | Professor for Scientific Computing for Systems Biology

The MOSAIC Group: Scientific Computing for Image-based Systems Biology

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Research Avenue 2 RA3 RA4 RA6

Dora Tang Group

MPI-CBG | Research Group Leader

Dynamic protocellular systems

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Research Avenue 4 RA2 RA5

Marc Timme Group

TUD | Professor for Network Dynamics

Network Dynamics

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Research Avenue 6 RA1 RA4 RA5

Jesse Veenvliet Group

MPI-CBG | Research Group Leader

Stembryogenesis

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Research Avenue 5 RA1 RA2 RA3 RA4

Axel Voigt Group

TUD | Professor for Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics

Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Cells and Systems

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Research Avenue 2 RA4 RA5 RA6

Christoph Zechner Group

MPI-CBG | Research Group Leader

Adaptive Biosystems

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