Göttinger Graduiertenschule für Neurowissenschaften, Biophysik und Molekulare Biowissenschaften

Godec, Aljaz, Dr.

Emmy Noether research group leader

  • Since 2017 Head of the Mathematical Biophysics Group, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen (Germany)
  • 2012 - 2017 Research associate, Department of Molecular Modeling, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia (on leave)
  • 2014 - 2017 Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow, Theoretical Physics Group at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam (Germany)
  • 2012 - 2014 Postdoctoral fellow, Theoretical Physics Group at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam (Germany)
  • 2012 Doctorate in Theoretical Physics, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Major Research Interests

The Mathematical Biophysics group at the MPI-BPC is developing and applying methods of mathematical physics and the theory of stochastic processes to study phenomena in biophysics. Our main research focus is currently the non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of single molecules. In particular, we aim at a trajectory-based description of macromolecular conformation dynamics as well as of their spatial transport, binding, and reactions at low-copy numbers. Our work is based on rigorous analysis supported by computer simulation methods.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • A. Godec and R. Metzler, First passage-time statistics for two-channel diffusion, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor., 50, 084001 (2017) (special issue 'Emerging talents')

  • A. Godec and R. Metzler, Universal proximity effect in target search kinetics in the few-encounter limit, Phys. Rev. X, 6, 041037 (2016)

  • A. Godec and R. Metzler, Signal focusing through active transport, Phys. Rev. E 92, 010701(R) (2015)

  • A. Godec, J. C. Smith and F. Merzel, Soft collective fluctuations governing hydrophobic association, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 127801 (2013)

  • A. Godec and R. Metzler, Finite-Time Effects and Ultraweak Ergodicity Breaking in Superdiffusive Dynamics, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 020603 (2013)

  • A. Godec and F. Merzel, Physical origin underlying the entropy loss upon hydrophobic hydration, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 17574 (2012)