Statistical and Biological Physics

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Nigel Goldenfeld from University of Illinois will be the Arnold-Sommerfeld Lecturer at LMU of this year. He works on various topics ranging from materials science to ecology, turbulence and the genetic code. more

Many fundamental cellular processes are spatially regulated by self-organized protein patterns, which are often based on nucleotide-binding proteins that switch their nucleotide state upon interaction with a second, activating protein. For reliable function, these protein patterns must be robust against parameter changes, although the basis for such robustness is generally elusive. Here, we take a combined theoretical and experimental approach to the E. coli Min system, a paradigmatic system for protein self-organization. more