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News from the Department

A new model describes the coordination of beating cilia allowing to predict their functional behavior. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) analyzed the formation of metachronal waves in arrays of cilia and how external cues might influence them. The model allows to better understand the crucial role that cilia play in many biological processes and lays the foundation for its manipulation. This may ultimately improve the corresponding medical diagnostics and treatments, but also helps in the design of artificial systems used in microscale engineering. more

Topology in biology

July 23, 2021
A phenomenon known from quantum systems could now make its way into biology: In a new study published in Physical Review X, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) in Göttingen show that the notion of topological protection can also apply to biochemical networks. As these are typically very complex and yet remain very stable against changes, topology can help in the emergence of robust oscillations. The model which the scientists developed makes the topological toolbox, typically used only to describe quantum systems, now also available to biology. more
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen show that under certain circumstances magnetic field sensing microswimmers can self-organize into a new phase whose theoretical description shares formal similarities with that of ultra-cold quantum gases. more
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization show that the secret to optimal micro-swimming is out there in the nature. They prove that a microswimmer can increase its swimming efficiency by learning the swimming techniques from an unexpected mentor: an air bubble. more
October 27, 2020
Press release of the American Institute of Physics on the publication "Stochastic effects on the dynamics of an epidemic due to population subdivision" by Philip Bittihn and Ramin Golestanian in Chaos. more

The order of life

October 29, 2020
A new model that describes the organization of organisms could lead to a better understanding of biological processes more
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen devise a new standard model to uncover how mixtures of living entities aggregate or separate from each other. more
Soft matter on new ways to self-organization more
July 29, 2020
To be successful strict local containment and low number of cross-regional infections are crucial more

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization uncover new mechanisms that regulate protein function more

Attraction or Repulsion?

April 22, 2020
Interactions of chemically active particles can be as complex as human relationships more
July 19, 2019 News coverage in Physics Buzz on the recent publication by Jaime Agudo-Canalejo and Ramin Golestanian in Physical Review Letters. more
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization show new mechanism of self-organization of living matter. more
Ramin Golestanian, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) offered a guided tour of Göttingen's City Cemetery. more

Material of the future

April 25, 2019
MPIDS Researcher receives two -year Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation more
Ramin Golestanian, newly appointed Director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization gives an interview to the renowned American Physical Society (APS) journal "Physics” more
Ramin Golestanian new Director at the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization more
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