Physics of Parasitism

Matthias Weiss

Lehrstuhl Experimentalphysik I - Physik lebender Materie

Universität Bayreuth
Universitätsstr. 30
95447 Bayreuth

Matthias Weiss

...studied physics in Frankfurt (1992-1995) and in Heidelberg (1995-1997), where he received his Diploma in Physics with a thesis on surface acoustic waves. From 1997-2000 he was a PhD student at the MPI for Fluid Dynamics (Dept. Nonlinear Dynamics) in Göttingen where he received his PhD with a thesis on quantum signatures of chaos. He then branched off to biology and biophysics, working as a Postdoc at EMBL Heidelberg and later at the MEMPHYS-Center for Biomembrane Physics in Odense, Denmark. In 2004 he started his junior group at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg within the framework of the BIOMS initiative. Combining theory, simulation, and experiments, his main areas of research since then are transport processes and dynamic self-organisation phenomena in living matter.

since 2010    Chair and Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Bayreuth

2004 - 2010   BIOMS Junior Group Leader, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg

2003 - 2004 Res. Ass. Prof., MEMPHYS-Center for Biomembrane Physics, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark

2001 - 2003 EMBO Long Term Fellow at EMBL Heidelberg

2000               PhD in Physics (Universität Göttingen)

Research synopsis

Our research addresses challenging problems at the interface of physics and biology with an emphasis on a quantitative understanding of dynamic self-organization processes in living matter, e.g. complex transport processes, organelle formation and homeostasis, and the dynamic self-organization of cells during embryogenesis. To this end we mainly utilize advanced light microscopy techniques in combination with several simulation approaches.

This study is  Project 5 of the SPP 2332 PoP.