Karen Alim studied physics in Karlsruhe, Manchester, and Munich. She obtained an M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics in 2004, working with Alan J. Bray from Manchester University, UK, followed by a Diplom (M.Sc.) in Physics and Biophysics at LMU Munich. During her Ph.D. with Erwin Frey at the LMU in Munich, she investigated the form of biological materials like DNA/actin and the patterning mechanism during leaf development. As a grad fellow at the KITP in Santa Barbara, United States, she investigated the mechanics of plant growth. After her doctoral degree in 2010, she joined Michael P. Brenner’s group at Harvard University, where she focused on the adaptation dynamics of the network-like forager Physarum polycephalum. In 2015, she started as an independent group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. In 2019, she joined the Technical University of Munich as a permanent professor. Karen received the John Birks Award from Manchester University and held an appointment as a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. In 2020 Karen was awarded an ERC Starting Grant.


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