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Markus F. Weber

Dipl.-Phys. Markus F. Weber

PhD Student


Theresienstr. 37
D-80333 Munich

Room: A335
Phone: +49 (0)89 2180-4516
Fax: +49 (0)89 2180-4517

Research Interests

  • Modeling of cell interactions in expanding bacterial colonies
  • Maintenance of biodiversity in Lotka-Volterra and May-Leonard networks
  • Path sampling in stochastic non-equilibrium systems
  • Non-perturbative renormalization group studies of absorbing-state phase transitions

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 03/2011: PhD student in the group of Erwin Frey at the Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics, LMU München
  • 10/2009 - 09/2010: Diploma student in the group of Erwin Frey at the Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics, LMU München
    Diploma thesis: "Non-perturbative renormalization group studies of reaction-diffusion processes"
    Grade: 1.0 (with distinction)
  • 09/2008 - 01/2009: Studies in mathematics at Trinity College Dublin
  • 10/2006 - 09/2010: Diploma studies in physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 10/2004 - 09/2006: Pre-diploma studies in physics at the Technische Universität München
  • 06/2004: University entrance qualification (Abitur, grade: 1.0) at Mallinckrodt-Gymnasium Dortmund

Teaching Experience

  • Seminar on "Special Models and Methods in Statistical Physics", LMU München, winter term 2013/2014
  • Tutorials for "Stochastic Processes in Physics and Biology", LMU München, winter term 2012/2013
  • Tutorials for "Stochastic Processes in Physics and Biology", LMU München, winter term 2011/2012
  • Tutorials for "Theoretical Physics T: Advanced Statistical Physics", LMU München, summer term 2011
  • Tutorials for "Calculus for Physicists (R: Rechenmethoden)", LMU München, winter term 2009/2010
  • Tutorials for "Theoretical Physics TII: Electrodynamics", LMU München, summer term 2009

Invited talks

  • CMT Kid’s seminar, Condensed Matter Theory Group, Harvard University, 10 March 2015.
  • Nonlinear Dynamics Seminar, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics, University of Texas at Austin, 25 February 2015.
  • Biophysics lunch seminar, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University, 19 February 2015.
  • Workshop on "Physics of Evolution, Regulation and Signaling”, Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, 12 February 2014.

Contributed talks

  • DPG Spring Meeting 2015, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, 18 March 2015.
  • APS March Meeting 2015, San Antonio, 5 March 2015.
  • 566. WE-Heraeus Seminar on "Mechanisms, Strategies, and Evolution of Microbial Systems”, Bad Honnef, Germany, 18 June 2014.
  • APS March Meeting 2014, Denver, 4 March 2014.
  • DPG Spring Meeting 2013, Universität Regensburg, Germany, 15 March 2013.

Research courses

  • "Summer Research Course 2014: 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.
    Project: The kinetics of phenotype switching in Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25


*with a contribution as (co-)first author

*Johannes Knebel, Markus F. Weber, Torben Krüger, Erwin Frey,
Evolutionary games of condensates in coupled birth-death processes,
Nature Communications 6, 6977 (2015).
Winner of a CeNS “Scientific breakthrough” publication award 2015.

*Markus F. Weber, Gabriele Poxleitner, Elke Hebisch, Erwin Frey, Madeleine Opitz,
Chemical warfare and survival strategies in bacterial range expansions,
J. R. Soc. Interface 11 (96): 20140172 (2014). [arxiv:1405.5025],
Winner of a CeNS  “Best junior scientist publication” award 2014.

Johannes Knebel, Torben Krüger, Markus F. Weber, Erwin Frey,
Coexistence and survival in conservative Lotka-Volterra networks,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 168106 (2013). [arxiv:1303.7116],
Winner of a  CeNS publication award 2013.