Physics of Biological and Complex Systems

Bernhard Altaner

Doctoral Thesis Project
Foundations of Stochastic Thermodynamics

Doctoral Thesis Committee

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University Education

  • 10/2010-present Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization / University of Göttingen / GGNB program Physics of Biological and Complex Systems
  • 10/2004-06/2010 University of Konstanz, Germany, Diplom, Physics, thesis: "Non-Linear Response of a Colloidal Particle in a Dense Suspension Under Flow"
  • 09/2007-06/2008 University of Cambridge, UK, department: Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics


  • Bernhard Altaner and Jürgen Vollmer. Fluctuation-Preserving Coarse Graining for Biochemical Systems. Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 (2012) 228101
  • Bernhard Altaner, Stefan Grosskinsky, Stephan Herminghaus, Lukas Katthän, Marc Timme, and Jürgen Vollmer. Network representations of nonequilibrium steady states: Cycle decompositions, symmetries, and dominant paths. Phys. Rev. E 85 (2012) 041133

Fellowships, Awards, Memberships

  • Promotionsstipendium Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (PhD scholarship)
  • 2010 Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Stiftung, The Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Participation as a Young Researcher