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Theory of Biological Networks

Prof. Karen Alim

Research Field

A description of the fascinating research topics follows soon. You may have a look at the group’s homepage (see links on the right).

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James-Franck-Str. 1/I
85748 Garching b. München

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Offers for Theses in the Group

Biophysics: mixing and transport in the gut

The gut microbiota has a direct impact on health, influencing how the gut digests nutrients. The microbiota itself and the nutrients are influenced by the gut contractions and the fluid flow produced by them. How do different contractions influence the dispersal of bacteria and nutrients? You will simulate the fluid flows and particle dispersal in a contracting tube (possible methodologies: COMSOL, Matlab, C, etc.). The aim is to quantify which type of contraction mixes the nutrients and the bacteria better, helping to understand the basic principle behind gut functioning.

suitable as
  • Master’s Thesis Condensed Matter Physics
  • Master’s Thesis Biophysics
  • Master’s Thesis Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Master’s Thesis Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
  • Master’s Thesis Matter to Life
  • Master’s Thesis Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Supervisor: Karen Alim
Swirled in the intestine

The gut microbiota has a direct impact on health, influencing how the gut uptakes nutrients. The microbiota itself and the nutrients are influenced by the gut contractions and the fluid flow produced by them. How do different contractions influence the dispersal of bacteria and nutrients? You will simulate the fluid flows and follow individual particles swirling  in a contracting tube (Matlab, C, etc.). The aim is to quantify which type of contraction mixes the nutrients and the bacteria better, helping to understand the basic principle behind the gut functioning.

suitable as
  • Bachelor’s Thesis Physics
Supervisor: Karen Alim
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