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Cellular architecture group at EMBL

Our group combines physical methods and mathematical modelling to study the organization of living matter. Our research focuses on the organization of living cells, with an emphasis on the cytoskeleton. We also study the organization of multiple cells in small ensembles of cells. We develop in-vitro assays, quantitative image analysis and cytosim, a computer simulation to study cytoskeletal systems from a mechanistic perspective, modeling the interactions of microtubules or actin and associated proteins such as molecular motors. Please check our publications for a list of topics.


Balance of microtubule stiffness and cortical tension determines the size of blood cells with marginal band across species --- New research paper!

We are supported by BioMS and Cell networks.

Postdoctoral opportunity:
We are seeking highly motivated candidates with a recent PhD. Experience in mathematics, computation and/or physics are highly valued. The candidate does not need to have prior knowledge in Biology, but a strong interest in this field is essential. If you are interested, please contact us with a CV and motivation letter.

A PhD position is open in our group to model the mitotic spindle
If you are interested in doing your PhD work with us, please apply online:
DiviDE network

Our group on www.embl.de

Contact: Francois Nedelec
Cell Biology and Biophysics
EMBL Heidelberg