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Prof. Dr. Erwin Frey

Prof. Dr. Erwin Frey

Professor (chair)


Theresienstr. 37
D-80333 Munich

Room: A334
Phone: +49 (0)89 2180-4537

Curriculum Vitae


  • 1996: Habilitation in Theoretical Physics, TU München
  • 1989: Doctoral degree in Physics, TU München
  • 1986: Diploma in Physics, TU München

Academic Career

  • since 12/2004: Chair for Statistical and Biological Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 2002-2004: Head of the Theoretical Physics Department at the Hahn-Meitner-Institut in Berlin
  • 2001-2004: Full Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • 1999-2000: Visiting Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 1998-2001: Visiting Scholar at Harvard University
  • 1998-2001: Heisenberg Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • 1992-2001: Research Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, TU München
  • 1990-1992: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University
  • 1986-1990: Research Assistant at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, TU München

Selected Publications

Multistability and dynamic transitions of intracellular Min protein patterns

Fabai Wu* Jacob Halatek* Matthias Reiter Enzo Kingma Erwin Frey+ Cees Dekker+

Active Curved Polymers form Vortex Patterns on Membranes

Jonas Denk Lorenz Huber Emanuel Reithmann Erwin Frey [arXiv:1602.08976]

Binary Mixtures of Particles with Different Diffusivities Demix

Simon Weber Christoph Weber Erwin Frey [arXiv:1505.00525]

Geometry induced protein pattern formation

Dominik Thalmeier Jacob Halatek Erwin Frey

A new class of turbulence in active fluids

Vasil Bratanov Frank Jenko Erwin Frey

Polar Pattern Formation in Driven Filament Systems Require Non-Binary Particle Collisions

Ryo Suzuki Christoph A. Weber Erwin Frey Andreas Bausch

Random Bursts Determine Dynamics of Active Filaments

Christoph A. Weber Ryo Suzuki Volker Schaller Igor S. Aranson Andreas R. Bausch Erwin Frey

Emergence and Persistence of Collective Cell Migration on Small Circular Micropatterns

Felix J. Segerer* Florian Thüroff* Alicia Piera Alberola Erwin Frey+ Joachim O. Rädler+ [arXiv:1505.04643]

Evolutionary games of condensates in coupled birth-death processes

Johannes Knebel Markus F. Weber Torben Krüger Erwin Frey [arXiv:1504.07816]

Quantifying protein diffusion and capture on filaments

Emanuel Reithmann Louis Reese Erwin Frey [arXiv:1503.00878]

Numerical treatment of the Boltzmann equation for self-propelled particle systems

Florian Thüroff Christoph Weber Erwin Frey [arXiv:1411.4544]

Periodic vs. intermittent adaptive cycles in quasispecies co-evolution

Alexander Seeholzer Erwin Frey Benedikt Obermayer [arxiv:1408.6345]

Specialization and Bet Hedging in Heterogeneous Populations

Steffen Rulands David Jahn Erwin Frey [arxiv:1408.4912]

Defect-Mediated Phase Transitions in Active Soft Matter

Christoph A. Weber Christopher Bock Erwin Frey [arxiv:1404.1619]

Range Expansion of Heterogeneous Populations

Matthias Reiter Steffen Rulands Erwin Frey [arxiv:1403.6333]

GDI-Mediated Cell Polarization in Yeast Provides Precise Spatial and Temporal Control of Cdc42 Signaling

Ben Klünder Tina Freisinger Roland Wedlich-Söldner Erwin Frey

Critical Assessment of the Boltzmann Approach to Active Systems

Florian Thüroff Christoph A. Weber Erwin Frey [arxiv:1310.5234]

Long-range ordering of vibrated polar disks

Christoph A. Weber Timo Hanke Julien Deseigne Sébastien Léonard Olivier Dauchot Erwin Frey Hugue Chaté [arxiv:1304.4760]

Establishment of a robust single axis of cell polarity by coupling of multiple positive feedback loops

Tina Freisinger Ben Klünder Jared Johnson Nikola Müller Garwin Pichler Gisela Beck Michael Costanzo Charles Boone Richard A. Cerione Erwin Frey Roland Wedlich-Söldner

Coexistence and survival in conservative Lotka-Volterra networks

Johannes Knebel Torben Krüger Markus F. Weber Erwin Frey [arxiv:1303.7116]

Stability of localized wave fronts in bistable systems

Steffen Rulands Ben Klünder Erwin Frey [arxiv:1212.1036]

Microtubule Length Regulation by Molecular Motors

Anna Melbinger Louis Reese Erwin Frey [arXiv:1204.5655]

Highly Canalized MinD Transfer and MinE Sequestration Explain the Origin of Robust MinCDE-Protein Dynamics

Jacob Halatek Erwin Frey

Growth dynamics and the evolution of cooperation in microbial populations

Jonas Cremer Anna Melbinger Erwin Frey [arXiv:1203.5863]

Validity of the law of mass action in three-dimensional coagulation processes

Anton Winkler Erwin Frey [arXiv:1202.0182]

Frozen steady states in active systems

Volker Schaller Christoph Weber Benjamin Hammerich Erwin Frey Andreas R. Bausch [arXiv:1109.2764]

Polar patterns of driven filaments

Volker Schaller Christoph Weber Christine Semmrich Erwin Frey Andreas R. Bausch

Entropy production of cyclic population dynamics

Benjamin Andrae Jonas Cremer Tobias Reichenbach Erwin Frey [arXiv:1005.0865]

Excluded Volume Effects on Semiflexible Ring Polymers

F. Drube K. Alim G. Witz G. Dietler E. Frey [arXiv:0906.3991]

Zero-one survival behavior of cyclically competing species

M. Berr T. Reichenbach M. Schottenloher E. Frey [arXiv:0812.4191]

Enhanced Diffusion of a Needle in a Planar Array of Point Obstacles

F. Höfling E. Frey T. Franosch [arXiv:0806.1138]

Instability of Spatial Patterns and Its Ambiguous Impact on Species Diversity

T. Reichenbach E. Frey [arXiv:0807.0122]

Microtubule dynamics depart from wormlike chain model

K. M. Taute F. Pampaloni E. Frey E. Florin [arXiv:0708.1928]

Noise and Correlations in a Spatial Population Model with Cyclic Competition

T. Reichenbach M. Mobilia E. Frey [arXiv:0710.0383]

Mobility promotes and jeopardizes biodiversity in rock-paper-scissors games

T. Reichenbach M. Mobilia E. Frey [arXiv:0709.0217] [Movie I (9 MByte)] [Movie II (9 MByte)]

Floppy Modes and Non-Affine Deformations in Random Fiber Networks

C. Heussinger E. Frey [arXiv:cond-mat/0603697]

Localization Transition of the 3D Lorentz Model and Continuum Percolation

F. Höfling T. Franosch E. Frey [arXiv:cond-mat/0510442]

Brownian motion: a paradigm of soft matter and biological physics

E. Frey K. Kroy

Elasticity of stiff polymer networks

J. Wilhelm E. Frey [arXiv:cond-mat/0303592]

Phase Coexistence in Driven One Dimensional Transport

A. Parmeggiani T. Franosch E. Frey [arXiv:cond-mat/0301475]

Physics in Cell Biology: On the physics of Biopolymers and Molecular Motors

E. Frey

Light induced melting of colloidal crystals in two dimensions

E. Frey D. R. Nelson L. Radzihovsky

Two-loop renormalization-group analysis of the Burgers–Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation

E. Frey U. C. Täuber