Monday, 13 October, 2008
New NIM Professor
The biophysicist Ulrich Gerland is back in Munich
Ulrich Gerland recently took up an appointment as associate professor (W2) in Theoretical Physics at the Arnold-Sommerfeld Center of the LMU. He is broadly interested in biological physics, with a particular focus on single-molecule biophysics and the interplay of molecular interactions in the context of biological functions such as gene regulation. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies in physics at the Universities of Dortmund, Heidelberg, and in Paris. His thesis work, with Hans Weidenmüller at the MPI in Heidelberg, was in the area of mesoscopic physics and quantum chaos. He then spent his first postdoc year in the group of Gerd Schön at the University of Karlsruhe, where he worked with Jan von Delft on the Kondo effect in quantum dots. His keen interest in biological systems emerged during an extended postdoc with Terry Hwa at the University of California at San Diego, where he worked on RNA folding, gene regulation and molecular evolution. His research continued in this general direction as an Emmy Noether group leader at the LMU Munich (2003-2006) and as associate professor at the University of Cologne (2006-2008).