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

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Synchronization of biological oscillators: Collective nonlinear dy-namics in polarizable cilia carpets

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Summerschool on biological and engineered "Micromotors"

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We are happy to announce a ZUK-funded summerschool on biological and engineered "Micromotors" form 13.-19.08. in Dresden, organized together with Juliane Simmchen.

The homepage of the summerschool can be found here.

In-phase and anti-phase synchronization by basal coupling

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A preprint can be found here.

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We just returned from the very inspiring Engineering and Life conference where Marius and Jens presented their works on the Liver Network project. This VW-sponsored event was hosted in Hanover and featured a wide breadth of talks including Jens' presentation on the Geometry of Liver Transport Networks.

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Next term, Meik and me will offer a reading seminar on the Statistical Physics of Information, and how to use these concepts in Biological Physics.

The preliminary program can be found here:
https://www.cfaed.tu-dresden.de/friedrich-group-teaching
(Wednesday, 11.10am, APB 2026).