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DRESDEN-concept Summer School Bootcamp for Physical Biology with Rob Phillips 2022 in Dresden


Gruppenfoto vom DRESDEN-concept Summer School Bootcamp for Physical Biology mit Rob Philips in Dresden vor dem MPI-CBG / Englisch:Groupphoto from the DRESDEN-concept Summer School Bootcamp for Physical Biology with Rob Philips in Dresden in front of the MPI-CBG. © MPI-CBG

Physical Biology of the Cell
Monday 03.10.2022 – Friday 07.10.2022
Venue: MPI-CBG

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) hosted the Physical Biology Bootcamp from October 3–7, 2022. Historic advances in molecular biology, structural biology, and the application of biophysical techniques such as optical traps have provided an unprecedented window on the mechanics of the cell. About 60 course participants from various research institutions in Dresden investigated the cell and its components using tools that allowed them to make quantitative and predicative statements about cellular life. The overall focus of the course was the idea that the type of quantitative data that is becoming routine in biology calls for a corresponding quantitative modeling framework. The course elaborated general principles with exciting case studies.


The course was led by Rob Phillips, the Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics, Biology, and Physics at the California Institute of Technology, USA. Rob’s partner was Tom Röschinger, a graduate student in his lab.

This project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Free State of Saxony within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments. The measure DRESDEN-concept Science and Innovation Campus supports, among other things, summer schools to strengthen the cooperation of the implementing institutions, to bundle their research competences, especially in interdisciplinary topics, and thus to further increase the attractiveness of the location for (inter)national students and postdocs.