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Johannes Knebel

Johannes Knebel, M.Sc.

PhD student

Contact

Theresienstr. 37
D-80333 Munich

Room: A335
Phone: +49 89 2180-4516
Fax: +49 89 2180-4517

Research interests

  • I am interested in transport and condensation phenomena occurring in nonequilibrium jump processes. These processes find a broad range of application, for example in the study of
    • mass transport models (condensation and depletion of network nodes / lattice sites),
    • condensation in nonequilibrium boson systems that are incoherently driven and dissipative (condensation and depletion of quantum states),
    • evolutionary game theory (win and loss of strategies)
    • biodiversity in population dynamics (survival and extinction of species), and
    • in autocatalytic bimolecular reaction networks (production and consumption of chemical species).
  • From a mathematical point of view, I study the interplay between nonlinear dynamics (arising through particle interactions or quantum statistics) and stochasticity (arising through demographic noise). This interplay gives rise to interesting phenomena ranging from transport to condensation of particles.
  • Furthermore, I am interested in the evolution of cooperation at microbial level (public goods dilemma) and, more generally, in microbiology.

Curriculum vitae

  • since 01/2012: PhD student in the group of Prof. Frey, LMU Munich, Germany. Supported by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
  • 10/2010 - 09/2011: Master student in the group of Prof. Frey, LMU Munich Master thesis: Evolution of cooperation in bacterial biofilms. My master thesis in a nutshell according to http://wordle.nethannestagcloud
  • 10/2009 - 09/2010: Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics (Part III), University of CambridgeEssay: Application of stochastic field theory to reaction-diffusion problems
  • 10/2008 - 09/2011: Studies of Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (TMP), LMU Munich, Elitenetzwerk Bayern. Supported by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and by the Max-Weber Programm Bayern.
  • 10/2005 - 09/2008: Studies of Physics and Mathematics, University of Rostock, Germany
  • 07/2004: Abitur, Käthe-Kollwitz-Gymnasium, Rostock, Germany

Research courses and research stays

  • 09/2014: Advanced Study Group, MPI Dresden.
  • 07-08/2014: KITP QBio Summer Research Course: Microbial Strategies for Survival and Evolution at the Santa Barbara Advanced School of Quantitative Biology (collaboration of KITP and MCDB at UCSB), course directors: Paul Rainey, Joel Rothman, and Boris Shraiman. Projects: Distribution of lag times of E. coli cells during diauxic shift (with Nathalie Balaban and Ofer Fridman); Kinetics of phenotype switching in Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 (with Paul Rainey and Philippe Remigi).
  • 07/2013: Hopkins Microbiology Course, course directors: Alfred Spormann, Chris Francis, and Paul Rainey. Project: Core genome of Vibrio splendidus. Supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds travel grant.
  • 05/2013: Advanced Study Group, MPI Dresden.
  • 01-02/2013: KITP program on Cooperation and the Evolution of Multicellularity. Supported by a travel grant of the NanoInitiative Munich (NIM).

Contributed talks

  • 03/2015: DPG-Frühjahrstagung in Berlin, “Evolutionary games of condensates in coupled birth-death processes”. Supported by a Heraeus travel grant.
  • 03/2015: APS March Meeting in San Antonio, “Evolutionary games of condensates in driven and dissipative bosonic systems”. Supported by a travel grant of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
  • 04/2014: DPG-Frühjahrstagung in Dresden, “Stability of Zero-Sum Games in Evolutionary Game Theory”. Supported by a Heraeus travel grant.
  • 03/2014: APS March Meeting in Denver, “Stability of Zero-Sum Games in Evolutionary Game Theory”. Supported by a travel grant of the Center for NanoScience Munich (CeNS).
  • 03/2013: DPG-Frühjahrstagung in Regensburg, “Coexistence and Survival in Conservative Lotka-Volterra Systems”. Supported by a Heraeus travel grant.
  • 03/2012: DPG-Frühjahrstagung in Berlin, “Evolution of cooperation in bacterial biofilms - A stochastic model for the growth and sinking of bacterial mats”. Supported by a Heraeus travel grant.
  • 02/2012: APS March Meeting in Boston, “Evolution of cooperation in bacterial biofilms - A stochastic model for the growth and sinking of bacterial mats”. Supported by a DBIO travel grant.
  • 02/2012: SFB-TR12 Meeting in Langeoog, “Coexistence in ecological networks”.