Group leader: Christian Westendorf


Short CV

I studied biology at the University of Rostock in Germany from 1999 to 2006. After finishing my Diploma thesis on Quorum sensing regulation in plant root associated bacteria, I joined the department of Eberhard Bodenschatz at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization as a Ph.D student. The research topic were the dynamics of the actin cytoskeleton in migrating and stimulated amoeboid cells. I graduated in physics at the Georg-August University Goettingen in 2012 and went for my first PostDoc to the Institue for Plant Sciences at the University of Graz in Austria, where I studied the network dynamics of different growing plasmodial slime molds. I rejoined the group of Eberhard Bodenschatz in late 2015 to work on the biofluiddynamics of the cilia driven flow in the third ventricle of the mammalian brain and furthermore to work on quantitative biology of Dictyostelium discoideum. Since 2016, I am in charge of the institute's microscopy facility and in 2019, I started the research group "Quantitative biology of multicellular aggregates" within the LFPB department.

Research statement

Collective behavior in and properties of true multicellular systems and quasi-multicellular aggregates are often spatially extended but rely on the local cellular properties. Therefore, we apply automated microscopy to record large scale sections, while still using high magnification, in order to resolve the individual cell properties over an extended field of view. We apply these techniques in conjunction with quantitative image analysis to study the aggregation of Dictyostelium discoideum, the synchronization of Cardiomyocytes in cell culture, and the coordinated beating of ciliated ependymal cells.

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