Our goal is to train and enable a generation of young scientists to address problems in active matter physics related to cytoskeletal mechanics, dynamics, and function. This requires a thorough understanding of mesoscopic dynamics of interacting elements from first principles and thinking across scales, including single molecules (structural biology), across mesoscopic filaments and membranes (soft matter physics) to, eventually, cells and tissues (cellular biophysics). It is evident that for cellular function any scale separation is purely artificial and that the building blocks are as important as mesocopic dynamics. To learn more about our research program, please visit the research page .
Training Concept of the RTG 2756 - CYTAC
Within the RTG, we bridge length scales train PhD students in using and developing physical tools and methods for quantitative studies of active matter problems, by providing a unique interdisciplinary and international environment. The PhD students are enabled to create experimental systems either from individual molecules in a bottom-up fashion or by taking apart cellular systems in a top-down approach to investigate structure and dynamics with sophisticated methods. They describe cytoskeletal behavior by state-of-the-art statistical mechanics theory and by computer simulations. The structured qualification program is described in more detail here .