cfaed Group Leader Appointed New Heisenberg Professorship for Biological Algorithms

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Prof. Benjamin Friedrich. (c) Photo: Katharina Knaut

PD Dr. Benjamin Friedrich, research group leader at the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) and principal investigator of the Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life (EXC PoL), has taken up a Heisenberg Professorship for Biological Algorithms as of April 1, 2021. The tenure-track professorship is located at the EXC PoL at TU Dresden and is associated with cfaed and the Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (CMCB). In addition, Univ.-Prof. Friedrich teaches at the Faculty of Physics. These diverse assignments already indicate the strongly interdisciplinary research at the new professorship.

The Biological Algorithms Group conducts research which blurs the boundary between physics and biology. The goal is to understand non-linear dynamics of biological systems at the cell and tissue level, e.g. during active motion and spontaneous pattern formation. A particular focus is on the robustness of biological control mechanisms with respect to stochastic fluctuations and parameter variations.

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