“During the three years which I spent at Cambridge my time was wasted, as far as the academical studies were concerned, as completely as at Edinburgh and at school. I attempted mathematics …, but I got on very slowly. The work was repugnant to me, chiefly from my not being able to see any meaning in the early steps in algebra. This impatience was very foolish, and in after years I have deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough at least to understand something of the great leading principles of mathematics, for [people] thus endowed seem to have an extra sense.“
(Charles Darwin, 1887)
Biological networks – from ecosystems to networks of neurons and to molecular networks organizing the flow of information in individual cells – perform their functions as complex dynamical system. Their design emerges from the intricate interplay of systems level self-organization and long-term evolutionary remodeling. Transformative technological progress is currently opening unprecedented research opportunities to analyze collective behavior in and to decipher the evolutionary design principles of biological networks. Their active dynamics and the unique sense of efficiency and beauty it elicits make these systems profoundly fascinating and scientifically challenging.
The mission of the Göttingen Campus Institute for Dynamics of Biological Networks is to
- advance theory-driven research into the dynamics of biological networks,
- pioneer novel research strategies integrating computational, mathematical and experimental approaches,
- to establish them through transdisciplinary research projects on the Göttingen Campus and beyond.
We aim to lay the foundation of expanding the computational and data science in the life sciences at Göttingen Campus, fostering the education of young talent in the field of interdisciplinary research of biological networks.
Find out more about the organizational structure of the Göttingen Campus Institute here.