Our vision is to develop theoretical and computational approaches to biological systems across different scales, from molecules to cells and from cells to tissues. Starting from primarily observations of spatio-temporal phenomena, we seek multi-scale models that can explain the principles by which a system functions and that predict how it reacts to perturbations. That is, what simple physical and chemical rules at one level generate complex, emergent behaviors at the level above? To answer such questions, we combine a unique blend of state-of-the-art genomic technologies and quantitative microscopy, with computer vision, computational science, and theoretical physics.
We are an interdisciplinary team of physicists, computer scientists, mathematicians and biologists, and our center is a cooperation between the MPI-CBG, the MPI-PKS, and the TUD.