Department Biological Physics

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Biological Physics at PKS focuses on the description of biological systems at cellular and sub-cellular scales. The aim is to develop concepts that will be helpful for improving our understanding of the principles that govern the organization of cellular processes. To this end methods from the statistical physics of systems out of the thermodynamic equilibrium and non-linear dynamics are used and developed further. An important part of our work are close collaborations with experimental groups, in particular, from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden.

Biological Physics

Frank Jülicher

Collective Dynamics of Cells

Vasily Zaburdaev

Statisticas Physics of Living Systems

Steffen Rulands


Center for Systems Biology, Dresden






Joint Research Groups with MPI-CBG:

Self-organization of Biological Structures

Jan Brugues


Computational Biology and Evolutionary Genomics

Michael Hiller

Max Planck Partner Group
Partner Group for Biological Physics, India

Vijaykumar Krishnamurthy

Former Groups
Collaborations in Dresden and Elsewhere