Karsten Kruse

Group members

Karsten Kruse

Principal investigator

Understanding how biological systems organize themselves in space and time.

“My research interest is in biological dynamic systems. Using the tools and concepts of nonequilibrium statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics, I try to understand how biological systems organize themselves in space and time. My focus is on collective effects that require a proper theoretical treatment for an understanding. ”


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Jonathan Salmeron Hernandez

Master student NCCR

Understanding nature through interdisciplinary scientific research

“I have been interested in mathematics since I was a child. I would like to dedicate my life to the quest of understanding nature through interdisciplinary scientific research since my highest desire is to dominate the four main branches of science. To this end, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in the National Autonomous University of Mexico and nowadays I am pursuing a master degree in Chemical Biology in the University of Geneva.”


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Nicolas Ecker

PhD student

Simulation and analysis of actin wave dynamics.

“I'm working on the simulation and analysis of actin wave dynamics in the context of cell motility. I'm fascinated by active, self-organized systems and in general by the apparent vast complexity of living things, which can nonetheless be broken down into the most essential mechanisms needed to achieve a given effect. Understanding these underlying mechanisms can offer a new perspective and in my opinion is a great way of combining the means of physics and biology.”


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Carles Blanch Mercarder

Post-doc

Study the buckling instability of 3d confined epithelial monolayers.

“My background is in soft-matter physics and mathematics. I strongly believe that biophysics requires a permanent contact with biologist from which we can understand the simple physical principles governing biologically relevant processes. Here we collaborate with Roux lab to study the buckling instability of 3d confined epithelial monolayers, which is reminiscent to the shapes in gastrulation or neurulation. In the long term, I wish to keep on challenging the limits of continuum mechanics in describing the behavior of living systems.”


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Vaibhav Wasnik

Maître assistant

Positional information readout in calcium signal transduction.

“I am working on understanding issues related to positional information readout in calcium signal transduction in the Kruse group. Other than that you would possibly just find me clowing around and trolling for entertainment.”