A theoretical physicist by training, I develop concepts and theories that capture key principles of collective cell behaviour in developing and adult organisms. Often, these theories reveal principles of self-organisation that crucially contribute to the system’s function and cannot be understood on the cellular or molecular level alone. My current research interests include
— stem cell dynamics during tissue development, maintenance, and repair,
— embryonic pattern formation; in particular, neurogenesis and somitogenesis,
— biochemical signal transduction and genetic oscillations,
— dynamics of cancer stem cells and tumour growth,
— coupled oscillators and synchronization phenomena in physics, engineering, and biology.