While studying physics at the TU Dresden I became fascinated by the inherent beauty and complexity of biology. As an undergraduate I investigated how single yeast cells grow over time and how they position the mitotic spindle. During my PhD in the group of Stefan Legewie at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Mainz, Germany, I became interested in the dynamic and stochastic processes that govern cell internal processes like gene transcription. As a postdoc I now want to study the effects of stochasticity not only in time but in space, for instance during embryonal development.
I am interested in the principles of how cells can make reliable decisions in the presence of noise in both their environment and their internal biochemistry. To develop a better understanding of such processes I try to design and simulate minimal stochastic systems that are able to make decisions based on their environment and form spatial and/or temporal patterns.