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Biophysics is an increasingly popular discipline that applies the approaches and methods of physics to unravel the underlying organisational 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

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


Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich Group

TUD PoL Active rheology of the cytoskeleton

Benjamin Friedrich Group

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

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Felix Müller-Planitz Group

TUD MTZ Chromatin: its biogenesis and its cellular functions

Michael Schlierf Group

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

Anna Taubenberger Group

TUD BIOTEC Oncomechanics


Yixin Zhang Group

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