Our independent research group started in 2020 and is funded by the Max Planck society.
The research focus of our group addresses how spatial and temporal patterns emergein multicellular systems from cellular interactions and interactions between cells and their extracellular environment. In addition, we are interested in how spatial patterns and forces emerge at lipid membrane interfaces and use synthetic lipid membranes and purified proteins, to reconstitute mechanisms for biological Organization.
In a multidisciplinary approach our group makes use of the following technologies:
- Quantitative fluorescence microscopy und light patterns
- Light-switchable proteins / optogenetic tools
- Microfluidics und lithographic technologies
- Synthetic lipid membranes
- Protein engineering and protein purification
- Cell biological methods, cell culture