Biological Algorithms Group

Our mission is to identify simple paradigms of robust motility control and pattern formation in complex biological systems. We reverse-engineer biological solutions of robust control in close collaboration with experimental biologists. We use tools from physics, information theory, and engineering; likewise, we seek to excite bio-inspired applications of biological information processing in these fields.

We focus on principles of biological information processing in two model systems:

  1. Motility control: We study how noisy sensory information controls biological motility and dynamic decision making, e.g. during sperm navigation to the egg.
  2. Pattern control: We study elementary rules of self-organized pattern formation during self-repair and adaptation, e.g. of load-balancing transport networks in the liver.

On top of that, we explore potential applications of biological control designs in advanced electronics applications in tight collaboration with the other paths of the cfaed.

We are currently searching for highly motivated and talented students to work at the interface of physics and biology with a twist towards computer science.

Group News

Steffen Lange leaves the team!

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Steffen Lange leaves the team and is now research group leader of an ESF junior research group project. The project is called 'DataMedAssist' and examines innovative Data-Science methods for the Systems medicine, in particular assistance in the analysis of multicellular tissue organisation. Four PhD students are part of Steffens group belonging to Prof. Voss-Boehme at HTW Dresden.

We wish Steffen Lange good luck and a successful project!

Two new preprints before Christmas

"Fertilization in the sea: sperm chemotaxis in physiological shear flows" and "Resilience of three-dimensional sinusoidal networks in liver tissue"

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We are hiring!

Post-doc on Information theory of navigation in complex, time-varying environments

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We welcome Francine Kolley and Ian Eastabrook to our group!

Francine and Ian will work on self-assembly of active force-generating myofibrils in muscle cells, a striking example of a "biological crystal" (funding by HFSP)

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We are growing: welcome to Maja Grützmann and Elena Erben

Elena joined to work as research assistant on modeling information processing in artificial cells, Maja will do her Bachelor thesis on synchronization of coupled noisy oscillators: welcome!

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We welcome Iaroslav Babenko to our group!

Iaroslav started as predoc to unravel the rules that guide the self-assembly of functional biomineral patterns of diatom silica shells

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Group outing to Swiss Saxony

Farewell to our summer intern Lidiia Nadporozhskaia (who did an impressing analysis of spermbot motility)

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Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften: Physik des Lebens

Der Rektor Herr Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen experimentiert während der aLngen Nacht der Wissenschaften zur Navigation von biologischen Mikroschwimmern - per Liveschaltung zum Riedel-Kruse Lab der Stanford University

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Dresden Excellence Award

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From left to right: Science minister Eva-Maria Stange, Carolin Hunger, PD Benjamin Friedrich, Rebekka Rudisch, Dr. Bernhard Siegmund, 2nd Mayor of Dresden Annekatrin Klepsch
(c) Christin Nitzsche: fallapart_photorgraphy

We feel very grateful to the the City of Dresden for honoring our interdisciplinary research in Biological Physics by a Dresden Excellence Award. Thanks also for the fantastic support from cfaed, Physics of Life, CSBD, and a great team in the past years - more to come! http://www.dresden.de/de/wirtschaft/wissenschaft/excellence-award/preistraeger-2018.php

Heraeus seminar on "Physics and physiology of motile cilia": Application now open

688. WE-Heraeus-Seminar Physics and Physiology of Motile Cilia, 27 Jan - 30 Jan 2019, Bad Honnef

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Application now open, please click: here.

The workshop flyer for download.