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Biophysics is an increasingly popular discipline that applies the approaches and methods of physics to unravel the underlying organizational principles of biological systems. Dresden is an internationally recognized hub for scientists working at the interface between physics and biology. Research in Dresden has a strong emphasis on investigating phenomena across all relevant scales – from individual molecules, to sub-cellular organization, to cellular properties, and on to tissues, organs, and organisms. Our strength lies in the close collaboration between theoretical physicists, providing the conceptual and modelling framework, experimental groups, developing and applying state-of-the-art techniques to obtain quantitative data, and cell and developmental biologists, who contribute the necessary biological expertise.

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Research Groups

Ellen Adams

TUD PoL, HZDR Physical Chemistry of Biomolecular Condensates

Elias Barriga

TUD PoL Biophysical Mechanisms of Morphogenesis

Jan Brugués

TUD PoL Self-organization of living matter

Otger Campàs

TUD PoL Physics of Embryonic Self-Organization and Morphogenesis

© TUD CMCB, Magdalena Gonciarz

Stefan Diez

TUD B CUBE, TUD PoL Molecular transport in cell biology and nanotechnology

Natalie Dye

TUD PoL Biophysics of epithelial growth and tumorigenesis

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Miki Ebisuya

TUD PoL Cross-species comparison and manipulation of the organoid zoo

Karim Fahmy

HZDR Structural basis of biological switches and biomolecular recognition


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Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich

TUD PoL Mechanics of active biomaterials

© cfaed, Katharina Knaut

Benjamin Friedrich

TUD PoL, TUD cfaed Biological Algorithms: Spatio-temporal dynamics of cells and tissues

© TUD CMCB, M. Gonciarz

Alf Honigmann

TUD BIOTEC Membrane organization of cells and tissues

Marcus Jahnel

TUD PoL, TUD BIOTEC Dynamics of Biomolecules

© Jan Greune

Felix Müller-Planitz

TUD MTZ Epigenetics and Chromatin: How chromatin forms and how it affects cellular functions

M. Teresa Pisabarro

TUD BIOTEC Computational approaches to functional genomics and rational engineering for target/drug discovery and biotechnology innovation

Helmut Schießel

TUD PoL Theoretical Physics of Living Matter

© TUD CMCB, Magdalena Gonciarz

Michael Schlierf

TUD B CUBE, TUD PoL Conformational changes in biomolecules and enzymes

Anna Taubenberger

TUD BIOTEC Oncomechanics

Xingbo Yang

TUD PoL Bioenergetics of Self-Organization


Yixin Zhang

TUD B CUBE Drug design and screening: from biochemical methods to 3D model system