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<p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; line-height: 100%;">We apply the methods from statistical physics and fluid dynamics to study the dynamics of synthetic active systems – either colloidal, actuated with magnetic fields, or biochemical, consisting of biopolymers and motor proteins.</p>

Synthetic active matter

We apply the methods from statistical physics and fluid dynamics to study the dynamics of synthetic active systems – either colloidal, actuated with magnetic fields, or biochemical, consisting of biopolymers and motor proteins.

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An overarching question is how complex neural processes arise from the various components – including tissue, fluid flow and chemical or electrical activity – that make up the brain. We have two main areas of focus: development and learning.

Information flow in living matter

An overarching question is how complex neural processes arise from the various components – including tissue, fluid flow and chemical or electrical activity – that make up the brain. We have two main areas of focus: development and learning. [more]
<div style="text-align: justify;"><a name="_GoBack"></a><span>Active systems, especially in the living realm, are often dense: examples are biological cells in monolayers and tissues, bacteria constituting biofilms, or extended clusters of active colloids. Can we understand why these dense ensembles often exhibit significantly different properties from what is expected of the individual constituents? </span></div>

Dense active matter

Active systems, especially in the living realm, are often dense: examples are biological cells in monolayers and tissues, bacteria constituting biofilms, or extended clusters of active colloids. Can we understand why these dense ensembles often exhibit significantly different properties from what is expected of the individual constituents? 
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<div>We study the self-organization and transport properties of soft matter that is locally driven out of equilibrium via chemical reactions, with particular focus on the physics of living matter at the subcellular level (enzymes, biomembranes...).</div>

Chemically active soft matter

We study the self-organization and transport properties of soft matter that is locally driven out of equilibrium via chemical reactions, with particular focus on the physics of living matter at the subcellular level (enzymes, biomembranes...).
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How do complex dynamics and patterns in living systems emerge from stochastic molecular interactions in the cell, how are they coordinated at the population/tissue level, and what role do environmental constraints and interactions play in shaping and maintaining them?

Emergent dynamics in living systems

How do complex dynamics and patterns in living systems emerge from stochastic molecular interactions in the cell, how are they coordinated at the population/tissue level, and what role do environmental constraints and interactions play in shaping and maintaining them? [more]
Membrane morphology and its dynamic remodelling are crucial to several cellular and biological processes. How viruses, nutrients, and drug containers gain entry into the cell and how proteins, the cytoskeleton, and trasprorters induce cellular processes and actively shape cellular organelles, is determined by membrane dynamic reorganization. We use theoretical analysis as well as Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations of different coarse-grained membrane models to understand how membranes dynamically change their shapes, interacting with proteins and the cytoskeleton, and how they form their structures subject to material exchange by transporters and channels, and area growth by lipid synthesis and membrane fusion.

Active membrane dynamics

Membrane morphology and its dynamic remodelling are crucial to several cellular and biological processes. How viruses, nutrients, and drug containers gain entry into the cell and how proteins, the cytoskeleton, and trasprorters induce cellular processes and actively shape cellular organelles, is determined by membrane dynamic reorganization. We use theoretical analysis as well as Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations of different coarse-grained membrane models to understand how membranes dynamically change their shapes, interacting with proteins and the cytoskeleton, and how they form their structures subject to material exchange by transporters and channels, and area growth by lipid synthesis and membrane fusion. [more]
 
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