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Our group is using and developing methods of statistical physics to address exciting problems in biology and medicine. We are a part of the newly established, interdisciplinary “Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin” in Erlangen. 

Most cells of human body have DNA packaged and folded inside of their nuclei. The process of transcription, which also takes place in the nucleus, partially unfolds and redistributes DNA in a very distinct pattern. In a collaborative work, we have shown that the emergence of this pattern can be expl...

N. gonorrhoeae bacteria, colonize human epithelia and form nearly spherical aggregates, containing up to several thousands of cells, which are the infectious units of the gonorrhea disease. Formation of colonies could be described as an analogue of the condensation process. For details see our recen...

For his high level of peer review competence, Prof. Dr. Vasily Zaburdaev has been awarded the IOP trusted reviewer status.

A longer lifespan due to alcohol consumption? This is at least true for nematodes (e.g. C. elegans). Together with the group of Prof. Dr. Teymuras Kurzchalia (MPI-CBG Dresden) we found out that alcohol helps C. elegans to live twice longer and survive desiccation. For more information, click here.

New project in collaboration with the Wong Lab from the University of California (UCLA), supported by the Bavaria California Technology Center (BaCaTeC). In the project, we aim to investigate how self-organisation of ligand-receptor complexes orchestrates the immune response.