Self-organization of biological structures

Our lab combines cell biology, theory and biophysics to study how the large-scale patterns and behaviors of biological structures emerge from the collective behaviors of molecules. We currently focus on the underlying principles of self-organization of spindles and nuclei from Xenopus laevis egg extracts and zebrafish Danio rerio embryos.

Our home is shared between the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.


Current and future projects include:

  • Spindle morphology and scaling.
  • Dynamics of chromatin organization in the nucleus.
  • Design of new quantitative microscopy methods.
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