Benjamin Friedrich


Habilitation in Theoretical Physics
Title Privatdozent (assistant professor) awarded on 04/2018

since 4/2016

Research Group Leader
in the Biological System Path of the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden
at the Technical University of Dresden (National Cluster of Excellence)

10/11 - 03/16 Independent Research Fellow
at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden
Mechanical and chemical regulation in biological systems
09/09 - 08/11

Post-doc with Samuel Safran
at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Work on cell mechanics and emergence of cytoskeletal order

08/05 - 08/09 Phd student and post-doc with Frank Jülicher
at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden
Title of phd thesis: Chemotaxis of sperm cells
Thesis submission: 20.10.08, Phd defense: 17.02.09 (summa cum laude)
09/07 Guest stay in the lab of U. Benjamin Kaupp
at the Institut fur Zelluläre Signalverarbeitung, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Data analysis for sperm chemotaxis experiments
01/05 - 07/05
Guest scientist with Angela Stevens
at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig
Work in mathematical biology (elasticity of prokaryotic flagella)
09/04 - 10/04 Visiting Associate with the Boston Consulting Group GmbH
04/04 - 08/04 Teaching assistant in Mathematics at Universität Leipzig, Germany
10/99 – 03/04 Diploma studies at Universität Leipzig
Diploma in Mathematics (Final grade 1.0)
10/01 – 07/02 Master studies at University of Cambridge, UK
Master's degree: Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics (distinction)
08/91 – 07/98 Abitur (A-levels) in Rostock with final grade 1.0 (very good)


Awards & grants

1999 Bronze medal International Mathematics Olympiad, Taiwan
2010 Otto-Hahn medal of the Max Planck Society
2014 Member DFG priority program "Microswimmers" SPP 1726 (FR 3429/1-1)
2015 Group leader offers from Marseilles, Strassbourg, ANR-ACHN-grant (400k€):
Declined in favor of cfaed offer
2016 Senior Member: Center for Dynamics, Dresden
2016 Affiliate Member: Center for Systems Biology Dresden

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