Physics of the Cell
Although many vital biological processes have been characterized in extensive detail with regards to contributing players and pathways, physical phenomena like self-organization or diffusion are always at work, but not always in the picture. We are interested to elucidate from a physicist’s point of view how cell-cell adhesion, motility and invasion are linked together by universal rules. Malfunction of these fundamental processes has important implications for development and spreading of disease. To address these questions, we use a spectrum of innovative microscopy-based experimental strategies in model systems and life cells.