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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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Ellen Adams Group

TUD PoL, HZDR Physical Chemistry of Biomolecular Condensates

Otger Campàs Group

TUD PoL Physics of Embryonic Self-Organization and Morphogenesis

Stefan Diez Group

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

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Natalie Dye Group

TUD PoL Biophysics of epithelial growth and tumorigenesis

Karim Fahmy Group

HZDR Structural basis of biological switches and biomolecular recognition


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Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich Group

TUD PoL Active rheology of the cytoskeleton

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Benjamin Friedrich Group

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

Marcus Jahnel Group

TUD PoL, TUD BIOTEC Dynamics of Biomolecules

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Felix Müller-Planitz Group

TUD MTZ Chromatin: its biogenesis and its cellular functions

M. Teresa Pisabarro Group

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

Helmut Schießel Group

TUD PoL Theoretical Physics of Living Matter

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Michael Schlierf Group

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

Anna Taubenberger Group

TUD BIOTEC Oncomechanics


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Yixin Zhang Group

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