New Research Group Leader: Benjamin Friedrich

PD Dr. Benjamin Friedrich has taken up a Heisenberg Professorship for Biological Algorithms as of April 1, 2021.

Portrait Benjamin Friedrich
© cfaed, Katharina Knaut

We welcome Benjamin Friedrich as new Heisenberg-Professor for Biological Algorithms at PoL, with co-affiliation at the Center for Advancing Electronics TU Dresden (cfaed) and the Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineer­ing (TUD CMCB). He started on April 1st 2021.

His theory group aims to understand how cells and tissues robustly process information and form functional structures, using tools from nonlinear dynamics, statistical physics and information theory and in close collaborations with experimentalists. Biological systems of interest include the dynamics of cilia, cellular navigation, and self-organized pattern formation during embryonic development and regeneration – e.g. how muscle cells form crystal-like myofibrils, diatom cells build their intricate glass shells, and axolotl regrow lost limbs of correct size.

His interdisciplinary team is always looking for theory-experiment collaborations to bridge physics and biology to decipher the algorithms of life.