The German Research Foundation (DFG) announced that it will fund the Research Unit 2581 on Morphodynamics of Plants. Aim of the nine PI strong research unit is to uncover how genetic information is translated and employed to reproducibly generate the physical, three-dimensional shape of an organism is a long-standing question in biology. Check out the research units webpage for more information FOR 2581. The Biological Physics and Morphogenesis group will investigate the dynamic patterns of the plant growth regulator auxin within the unit.
Nico Schramma studies physics at the University of Göttingen. He is currently working on his bachelor thesis in the group. He is trying to figure out the mechanism behind anticipation of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum.
Noah Ziethen is an undergraduate physics student in the sixth semester at the Georg-August-University Göttingen. Currently he is writing his bachelor thesis in the MPRG of Biological Physics and Morphogenesis at the MPIDS. He will focus on the computational analysis of microscopic data of growing transport networks. His findings will complement the research on the Physarum polycephalum.
> Both Mirna Kramar and Felix Bäuerle were awarded fellowships to fund their PhD position for two years by the IMPRS for Physics of Biological and Complex Systems. Congratulations to both of them!
Philipp Fleig studied Physics at Imperial College London where he obtained his Masters degree in 2010. He completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam in the field of high-energy Theoretical Physics (working on String Theory). He went on join the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Paris as a Postdoctoral Fellow for two years, where he continued his work on the intersection between String Theory and pure mathematics. He now joined the Biological Physics group at MPIDS with the interest of employing information theory to understand biological systems. One particular question driving his research is to understand in detailed how the flow of information in an organism is fundamental to its design.
Congrats to Sophie for our PRL on Pruning to increase Taylor dispersion in Physarum polycephalum networks.