News from the Physics Department
Mechanical stimuli influence organ growth
2021-07-13 – In addition to chemical factors, mechanical influences play an important role in the natural growth of human organs such as kidneys, lungs and mammary glands – but also in the development of tumors. Now a research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has investigated the process in detail using organoids, three-dimensional model systems of such organs which are produced in the laboratory.
Wave fronts and ant trails
2018-07-02 – Munich physicists have discovered unique patterning phenomena in systems whose parts move actively. Despite identical initial conditions, two different states can coexist and dynamically interconvert. Their findings provide new insights into the variety of biological processes.
Cornerstone laying for "TUM Center for Functional Protein Assemblies"
2017-10-25 – With the “TUM Center for Functional Protein Assemblies” (CPA), protein research at the Technical University of Munich now has its own address. It will bundle research into the interactions of proteins interdepartmentally. On this basis, the interdisciplinary center will develop biomedical applications, especially against diseases resulting from dysfunctions in complex biomolecular protein systems. The construction costs of around 40 million Euro will be funded on federal and state levels. The laboratory building will be built at Ernst-Otto-Fischer-Str. 8.
TUM and MPG strengthen their partnership to promote young scientists
2017-09-04 – Starting in 2018 the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Max Planck Society (MPG) will join several partners to break new ground: at the Max Planck School “Physics, Chemistry and Construction of Life”, selected university students and Doctoral candidates will be taught by Germany’s best researchers in order to research the basic principles of living systems.
Unlocking the secrets of the Achilles’ heel
2017-02-28 – Walking, running, sprinting – every movement of the foot stretches the Achilles’ tendon. When jumping, the loads can approach ten times the body weight. Amazingly, the connection between the heel bone and Achilles’ tendon withstands theses tremendous loads. A team of doctors, physicists, chemists and engineers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered why.
Two further ERC grants at the Phyik-Department
2016-12-23 – Each year, the European Research Council (ERC) bestows funding grants for a selection of research projects across the continent. For the 2016 call, two projects from the Physik-Department of TUM have been selected. The highly endowed ERC grants count among Europe’s most prestigious research funding awards. This year’s projects as “Consolidator Grant” and “Proof of Concept Grant” carry out research in the field of biophysics.
Mechanics of the cell
2016-04-21 – Living cells must alter their external form actively, otherwise functions like cell division would not be possible. At the physics department of TUM the biophysicist Professor Andreas Bausch and his team have developed a synthetic cell model to investigate the fundamental principles of the underlying cellular mechanics.
Probing pattern formation and dynamics of nanoscale "swarms"
2015-08-25 – “Flocking” or “swarming” behavior is omnipresent in the living world, observed in birds, fish, and even bacteria. Strikingly similar collective action can also be seen in biomolecules within and between cells. Such self-organization processes are the basis of life – without them no living cell would exist – yet they are not well understood. New insights into how this action is coordinated at the biomolecular level are emerging from studies of a model system based on actin filaments. Experimental evidence proves the inadequacy of widely accepted explanations, according to collaborators at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS).
Zentrum für Protein-Forschung gegründet
2015-06-25 – Die Technische Universität München (TUM) kombiniert ihre vielfachen Kompetenzen in der Proteinforschung und gründet das „TUM Center for Functional Protein Assemblies (CPA)“. Es wird fakultätsübergreifend die Funktionsweisen und Wirkprinzipien von Proteinen erforschen – Schlüssel zum Verständnis von Zellen, Geweben und Organen. Auf dieser Grundlage soll das interdisziplinäre Zentrum biomedizinische Anwendungen entwickeln, etwa zur Heilung von Krankheiten, die durch Störungen im Zusammenspiel der Biomoleküle verursacht sind. Die Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz (GWK) hat heute beschlossen, dass Bund und Land einen Neubau des CPA auf dem Campus Garching mit insgesamt rund 40 Millionen Euro fördern.