Michael Wilczek studied physics at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster from which he received his Diploma in 2007 (with distinction) and his doctorate in 2011 in Theoretical Physics (summa cum laude) under supervision of Prof. Rudolf Friedrich. After a stay at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at Santa Barbara (USA), he continued to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Münster. In 2013 he joined the group of Prof. Charles Meneveau at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA) as postdoctoral fellow funded by the DFG. After a short stay in the group of Prof. Rainer Grauer at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, he joined the MPIDS in 2015 as leader of an independent Max Planck Research Group.

Michael Wilczek

Former leader of a Max Planck Research Group

Postdoctoral Researchers

Cristian C. Lalescu studied physics at the University of Craiova (UCv), from which he received his diploma in 2006. He then spent a year at the Free University of Brussels (ULB), through the SOCRATES/ERASMUS exchange program. In 2007 he started a joint doctorate program, under the supervision of Prof. Daniele Carati from ULB and Prof. Bucur D. Grecu from UCv, working mostly in Brussels.
After having defended his thesis in 2011, he joined the group of Prof. Gregory L. Eyink in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, as a postdoctoral fellow. In the summer of 2015 he moved to the MPIDS to join the Wilczek group. He is primarily interested in dynamical system theory, turbulence and the related mathematics and computer science.

Laura J. Lukassen studied Computational Engineering at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. She was member of the Graduate School of Excellence Computational Engineering at TU Darmstadt and received her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from TU Darmstadt in April 2015 supervised by Prof. Martin Oberlack and Prof. Dieter Bothe. During her doctoral studies she spent the fall term of 2012 as a Visiting Graduate Student at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, in the group of Prof. Andrea Prosperetti working on the numerical simulation of particle flows. Her doctoral research was focused on the stochastic description of non-Brownian particles. Since June 2015 she is working in the field of statistics of turbulence with a focus on intermittency and space-time correlations in the group of Dr. Michael Wilczek at the MPIDS.

Dr. Dimitar G. Vlaykov finished his undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Cambridge in 2006. He was selected for the first class of the Astromundus Masters course in astrophysics, which he completed in 2012 with a thesis on the  'Observable consequence of open inflation' at the University of Göttingen under the supervision of Dr. Thorsten Battefeld. His doctorate studies were completed at the same university under the supervision of PD Wolfram Schmidt in 2015 with a thesis titled 'Sub-grid scale modelling of compressible magnetohydrodynamic turbulence: derivation and a priori analysis'. Currently, his work is centered around non-locality and small-scale structure of incompressible hydrodynamical turbulence within the group of Dr. Michael Wilczek.

PhD Students

Martin James studied physics at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and received his Masters degree in April 2016. He did his Masters thesis on dynamics of inertial particles in turbulent flows. He is currently doing his PhD in Dr. Michael Wilczek's group. His current work is centered around active matter turbulence.

Gerrit Green studied physics in Kiel and Göttingen, where he finished his master thesis in March 2017. The thesis was written at the Max-Planck-Institude for Dynamics and Self-Organization under the supervision of Dr. Ragnar Fleischmann with the title "Caustics in Nonlinear Waves". In April 2017 he joined the group of Dr. Michael Wilczek to do his PhD thesis about the effective description of superstructures in turbulent convection.


Tobias Wegener (Bachelor student, 2015/16)

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