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C06 - Optimal transport based colocalization

PIs: Prof. Dr. Stefan Jakobs; Prof. Dr. Axel Munk; Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmitzer

Biological cells are highly organized complex entities. For instance, it is hypothesized that cells regulate metabolic activity by controlling the dynamic assembly of the involved proteins. This concept is called substrate channeling and perturbations thereof are associated with various diseases. Past and ongoing developments in super-resolution microscopy techniques allow increasingly detailed images of cells and protein distributions far below the conventional diffraction limit. In this project we seek to develop tools based on optimal transport theory for the analysis of the acquired images to understand to what extent cells can control the relative spatial distribution of proteins.

PhD students:
Jan-Niklas Dohrke
Giacomo Thomas Nies

Open positions:

PhD student (75%) in optimization and numerical mathematics
The PhD student with background in computational optimal transport will work on unbalanced and multi-marginal problem variants and contribute to stochastic optimization algorithms.