New research group and website

Zwicker Group – Theory of Biological Fluids

Max-Planck Society

I now lead the group Theory of Biological Fluids at the Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. My group will use tools from statistical physics, dynamical systems theory, fluid dynamics, and information theory to study how biological fluids are organized. We will focus on the physical aspects of olfaction to understand how the airflow of inhalation and the properties of the mucus influence our sense of smell. Additionally, we will also continue to work on the physical principles of active droplets.

If you want to join us or if you want to know more about us, please visit the new group website

How does the nose process complex odors?

Schematic of olfaction

How does complexity arise from the interaction of molecules?

Schematic cell

How can cells organize membrane-less compartments?

Schematic centrosomes

How does a bacterium tell time?

Schematic of cyanobacteria and the chemical network driving its internal clock

Research statement

I am a theoretical physicist who is interested in the spatial and temporal organization of biological processes. This organization often emerges from the interplay of many small parts, leading to complex behaviors. I study such problems in cells and tissues using tools from statistical physics, dynamic systems theory, and information theory.

David Zwicker


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ResearcherID D-2010-2012
Dr. David Zwicker
MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Am Faßberg 17
37083 Göttingen, Germany