Katja Zieske heads new research group

As of February 2020 Katja Zieske joined the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light to set up her laboratory. Starting in May she will head a new Max Planck research group addressing how biological systems are assembled from modular building blocks across multiple lengths scales.

The research focus of the group will be how large-scale patterns and biological functions emerge from the interactions of smaller-scale building blocks and how environmental cues modulate this functionality. In a multidisciplinary approach the group uses purified biomolecules and cells as building blocks to reconstitute mechanisms underlying spatial organization and self-assembly. To probe and analyze these mechanisms the group applies synthetic lipid membranes, microfluidic technologies and optogenetic tools.

 

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