The Matter to Life Faculty is growing!

Get to know our newly appointed Faculty members starting in October

May 17, 2021

We are looking forward to welcome all these outstanding scientists to the Max Planck School Matter to Life!

Karen Alim

Professor for Biological Physics and Morphogenesis at the Technical University of Munich and research group leader at the Max Planck Instutute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen

Her group studies the physical principles underlying the formation and adaption of biological organisms to identify the rules of development. For that, they combine both theoretical physics and experiments. Find more info here.

Timo Betz

Professor at the Third Institute of Physics - Biophysics at the University of Göttingen

The Betz lab aims to decipher the fundamental physical processes leading to stability and robustness despite the complexity and highly non-equilibrium and non-inear nature of any living system. They hope to discover new physics in observing and describing the complexity of the living world. Find more info here.

Arnold Boersma

Independent group leader at DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen

His group works in the area of chemical biology, synthetic biochemistry, biophysics, synthetic chemistry and biochemistry. Current interests lie in the development of novel proteins, small molecules and cell-like systems for biological understanding and applications from medical to material science. Find more info here.

E. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam

Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg and PD at the Faculty of Biosciences at Heidelberg University

The research focus of her group lies on unraveling the molecular mechanisms that coordinate signaling coming from biochemical and biomechanical cues present in the cell environment. Find more info here.

Erwin Frey

Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

The research of his group focuses on collective effects in the dynamics of complex systems. They are interested in how the interplay between stochastic fluctuations, interactions, and geometry shapes system-level properties and their functional characteristics. Find more info here.

Kerstin Göpfrich

Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg and affiliated with Heidelberg University

Her group is combining DNA origami, microfluidics and 3D printing to assemble synthetic cells. They are curious to understand what life actually is and whether it may be possible to build an entire living cell from scratch. Find more info here.

Joachim Rädler

Professor for experimental physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

His current research focuses on the investigation of DNA nano-particles, supported lipid membranes and micro-structures surfaces for studies on collective cell migration, gene regulation and nano-particle cell interaction. Find more info here.

Ulrich Schubert

Professor for Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Jena

The mission of his laboratory is to combine bottom-up and top-down approaches to functional materials from the nanoscopic to the mesoscopic length scale, combined with addressable (smart) features such as self-healing systems and responsive properties. Applications both in the field of photonics/optics as well as life science are currently targeted. Find more info here.

Hans-Robert Volpp

Professor at Heidelberg University

His research areas include, for instance, the development and application of linear and nonlinear lasor spectroscopic methods for the quantitative study of homogenous and heterogenous chemical reaction systems. Find more info here.

Richard Wombacher

Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research

His group aims to develop methods and probes that allow dynamic biological processes to be observed and/or manipulated in living cells. One of their major interests is the development of methods for the selective labeling of biomolecules with small molecule probes inside living cells and its application for biophysical methods. Find more info here.

Copyright picture: Marie Staggat

David Zwicker

Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen

His group is interested in how nature organizes soft, fluid-like materials. To uncover the physical principles of such organization, they analyze theoretical models of biological processes using tools from statistical physics, dynamical system theory, fluid dynamics, and information theory. Find more info here.
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