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Prof. Dr. Erwin Frey

Prof. Dr. Erwin Frey

Professor (chair)


Theresienstr. 37
D-80333 Munich

Room: A334

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

Fabai Wu, Jacob Halatek , Matthias Reiter, Enzo Kingma, Erwin Frey, Cees Dekker,
Multistability and dynamic transitions of intracellular Min protein patterns,
Mol. Syst. Biol. 12 (6), 873 (2016).

Jonas Denk, Lorenz Huber, Emanuel Reithmann, Erwin Frey,
Active Curved Polymers form Vortex Patterns on Membranes,
Phys. Rev. Lett 116 (17),178301 (2016). [arXiv:1602.08976]

Simon Weber, Christoph Weber, Erwin Frey,
Binary Mixtures of Particles with Different Diffusivities Demix,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 116 (5), 058301 (2016). [arXiv:1505.00525]

Dominik Thalmeier, Jacob Halatek, Erwin Frey,
Geometry induced protein pattern formation,
PNAS 113 (3), 548-553 (2016).

Vasil Bratanov, Frank Jenko, Erwin Frey,
A new class of turbulence in active fluids,
PNAS 112 (49), 15048-15053 (2015).

Ryo Suzuki, Christoph A. Weber, Erwin Frey, Andreas Bausch,
Polar Pattern Formation in Driven Filament Systems Require Non-Binary Particle Collisions,
Nature Physics 11, 839–843 (2015).

Christoph A. Weber, Ryo Suzuki, Volker Schaller, Igor S. Aranson, Andreas R. Bausch, Erwin Frey,
Random Bursts Determine Dynamics of Active Filaments,
PNAS 112 (34), 10703-10707 (2015).

Felix J. Segerer*, Florian Thüroff*, Alicia Piera Alberola, Erwin Frey+, Joachim O. Rädler+,
Emergence and Persistence of Collective Cell Migration on Small Circular Micropatterns,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 228102 (2015). [arXiv:1505.04643]

Johannes Knebel, Markus F. Weber, Torben Krüger, Erwin Frey,
Evolutionary games of condensates in coupled birth-death processes,
Nature Communications 6, 6977 (2015). [arXiv:1504.07816]

Emanuel Reithmann, Louis Reese, Erwin Frey,
Quantifying protein diffusion and capture on filaments,
Biophys. J. 108, 787-790 (2015). [arXiv:1503.00878]

Florian Thüroff, Christoph Weber, Erwin Frey,
Numerical treatment of the Boltzmann equation for self-propelled particle systems,
Phys. Rev. X 4, 041030 (2014). [arXiv:1411.4544]

Alexander Seeholzer, Erwin Frey, Benedikt Obermayer,
Periodic vs. intermittent adaptive cycles in quasispecies co-evolution,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 128101 (2014) . [arxiv:1408.6345]

Steffen Rulands, David Jahn, Erwin Frey,
Specialization and Bet Hedging in Heterogeneous Populations,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 108102 (2014). [arxiv:1408.4912]

Christoph A. Weber, Christopher Bock, Erwin Frey,
Defect-Mediated Phase Transitions in Active Soft Matter,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 168301 (2014). [arxiv:1404.1619]

Matthias Reiter, Steffen Rulands, Erwin Frey,
Range Expansion of Heterogeneous Populations,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 148103 (2014). [arxiv:1403.6333]

Ben Klünder, Tina Freisinger, Roland Wedlich-Söldner, Erwin Frey,
GDI-Mediated Cell Polarization in Yeast Provides Precise Spatial and Temporal Control of Cdc42 Signaling,
PLoS Comput. Biol. 9(12), e1003396 (2013).

Florian Thüroff, Christoph A. Weber, Erwin Frey,
Critical Assessment of the Boltzmann Approach to Active Systems,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 190601 (2013). [arxiv:1310.5234]

Christoph A. Weber, Timo Hanke, Julien Deseigne, Sébastien Léonard, Olivier Dauchot, Erwin Frey, Hugue Chaté,
Long-range ordering of vibrated polar disks,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 208001 (2013). [arxiv:1304.4760]

Tina Freisinger, Ben Klünder, Jared Johnson, Nikola Müller, Garwin Pichler, Gisela Beck, Michael Costanzo, Charles Boone, Richard A. Cerione, Erwin Frey, Roland Wedlich-Söldner,
Establishment of a robust single axis of cell polarity by coupling of multiple positive feedback loops,
Nature Communications 4, 1807 (2013).

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]

Steffen Rulands, Ben Klünder, Erwin Frey,
Stability of localized wave fronts in bistable systems,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 038102 (2013). [arxiv:1212.1036]

Anna Melbinger, Louis Reese, Erwin Frey,
Microtubule Length Regulation by Molecular Motors,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 258104 (2012). [arXiv:1204.5655]

Jacob Halatek, Erwin Frey,
Highly Canalized MinD Transfer and MinE Sequestration Explain the Origin of Robust MinCDE-Protein Dynamics,
Cell Reports 1 (6), 741-752 (2012).

Jonas Cremer, Anna Melbinger, Erwin Frey,
Growth dynamics and the evolution of cooperation in microbial populations,
Scientific Reports 2, 281 (2012). [arXiv:1203.5863]

Anton Winkler, Erwin Frey,
Validity of the law of mass action in three-dimensional coagulation processes,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 108301 (2012). [arXiv:1202.0182]

Volker Schaller, Christoph Weber, Benjamin Hammerich, Erwin Frey, Andreas R. Bausch,
Frozen steady states in active systems,
PNAS 108 (48), 19183-19188 (2011). [arXiv:1109.2764]

Volker Schaller, Christoph Weber, Christine Semmrich, Erwin Frey, Andreas R. Bausch,
Polar patterns of driven filaments,
Nature 467, 73–77 (2010).

Benjamin Andrae, Jonas Cremer, Tobias Reichenbach, Erwin Frey,
Entropy production of cyclic population dynamics,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 104 (21), 218102 (2010). [arXiv:1005.0865]

F. Drube, K. Alim, G. Witz, G. Dietler, E. Frey,
Excluded Volume Effects on Semiflexible Ring Polymers,
Nano Lett. 10 (4), 1445-1449 (2010). [arXiv:0906.3991]

M. Berr, T. Reichenbach, M. Schottenloher, E. Frey,
Zero-one survival behavior of cyclically competing species,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 048102 (2009). [arXiv:0812.4191]

F. Höfling, E. Frey, T. Franosch,
Enhanced Diffusion of a Needle in a Planar Array of Point Obstacles,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 120605 (2008). [arXiv:0806.1138]

T. Reichenbach, E. Frey,
Instability of Spatial Patterns and Its Ambiguous Impact on Species Diversity,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 058102 (2008). [arXiv:0807.0122]

K. M. Taute, F. Pampaloni, E. Frey, E. Florin,
Microtubule dynamics depart from wormlike chain model,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 028102 (2008). [arXiv:0708.1928]

T. Reichenbach, M. Mobilia, E. Frey,
Noise and Correlations in a Spatial Population Model with Cyclic Competition,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 238105 (2007). [arXiv:0710.0383]

T. Reichenbach, M. Mobilia, E. Frey,
Mobility promotes and jeopardizes biodiversity in rock-paper-scissors games,
Nature 448, 1046-1049 (2007). [arXiv:0709.0217] [Movie I (9 MByte)] [Movie II (9 MByte)]

C. Heussinger, E. Frey,
Floppy Modes and Non-Affine Deformations in Random Fiber Networks,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 105501 (2006). [arXiv:cond-mat/0603697]

F. Höfling, T. Franosch, E. Frey,
Localization Transition of the 3D Lorentz Model and Continuum Percolation,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 165901 (2006). [arXiv:cond-mat/0510442]

E. Frey, K. Kroy,
Brownian motion: a paradigm of soft matter and biological physics,
Annalen der Physik (Leipzig) 14, 20 (2005).

J. Wilhelm, E. Frey,
Elasticity of stiff polymer networks,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 108103 (2003). [arXiv:cond-mat/0303592]

A. Parmeggiani, T. Franosch, E. Frey,
Phase Coexistence in Driven One Dimensional Transport,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 086601 (2003). [arXiv:cond-mat/0301475]

E. Frey,
Physics in Cell Biology: On the physics of Biopolymers and Molecular Motors,
ChemPhysChem 3, 270 (2002).

E. Frey, D. R. Nelson, L. Radzihovsky,
Light induced melting of colloidal crystals in two dimensions,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 2977 (1999).

E. Frey, U. C. Täuber,
Two-loop renormalization-group analysis of the Burgers–Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation,
Phys. Rev. E 50, 1024 (1994).