A theoretical physicist by training, I develop concepts and theories that capture key principles of collective cell behaviour in developing and adult organisms. Often, these theories reveal principles of self-organisation that crucially contribute to the system’s function and cannot be understood on the cellular or molecular level alone. My current research interests include

I am an organiser of the Theory of Living Matter Group.

2015—presentPDRA with Ben Simons at the University of Cambridge, UK
2011—2014PhD in Theoretical Physics with Frank Jülicher at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany
2004—2010Student of Physics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and the KTH Stockholm, Sweden
Diploma thesis with Manfred Salmhofer at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Heidelberg