Experimental investigation of nonlinear systems in physics, geophysics, biology, and medicine: turbulence, cloud micro physics, synthetic biology, physics to medicine, cell migration chemotaxis, cardiac arrhythmias; particle tracking, digital microscopy, high performance image processing, development of advanced measurement techniques, cell and tissue engineering, and computational analysis and modeling.
Nonlinear out-off-equilibrium systems impact all levels of our everyday lives from ecology, sociology and economics, to biology, medicine, chemistry and physics. Typically these systems show self-organization and complex, sometimes unpredictable spatio-temporal dynamics. Although different in detail, the temporal and spatial structure of these systems can often be described by unifying principles.
Searching for and understanding these principles is at the center of our group’s research. To achieve this goal, we are focusing on well-defined problems in the physics of fluid dynamics, of synthetic and cellular biology, and of medical relevance. Currently we are investigating experimentally and theoretically pattern formation and spatiotemporal chaos in thermal convection. We study particle transport in the fully developed turbulence of simple and complex fluids with its implication to fundamental theories, but also to practical issues like turbulent mixing and particle aggregation. We collaborate on the topic of turbulence with Greg Bewley and Lance Collins from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, G. Ahlers from UCSB, D. Lohse from Twente, Alain Pumir from ENS Lyon, Ray Shaw from the Michigan Tech., Holger Siebert from the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research in Leipzig, and Joerg Schumacher from the Technical University Illmenau. Together with cardiologists we investigate the dynamics of the mammalian heart at the cellular and organ scale. We conduct experiments in biophysics and nano-biocomplexity using advanced micro-fluidic devices.
Postdocs associated with this group: Gholamhossein Bagheri , Dhawal Buaria, John Lawson, Chien-Chia Liu, Freija Nordsiek, Christian Westendorf
Senior Research Associates associated with this group: Azam Gholami, Isabella Guido, Jan Molacek, Holger Nobach, Marco Tarantola, Laura Turco, Alexei Krekov, Yong Wang, Vladimir Zykov
Visiting Scientists: Guenter Ahlers (UCSB), Alain Pumir (Lyon), Greg Bewley (Cornell)
Christian Kuechler, Kaumudi Pabhakara, Prasanth Prabhakaran