Theory and Biosystems
Reinhard Lipowsky is an expert for chemical and biological physics and head of the MPI-KG department “Theory and Biosystems”. Currently, his main areas of research are molecular motors, translation by ribosomes, cytoskeletal filaments, as well as membranes and vesicles. One important objective is to understand how self-organization and pattern formation on mesoscopic scales arises from the molecular building blocks and their interactions.
Niedermayer T, Jégou A, Chièze L, Guichard B, Helfer E, Romet-Lemonne G, Carlier M-F, Lipowsky R: Intermittent depolymerization of actin filaments is caused by photo-induced dimerization of actin protomers. PNAS 109 (2012) 10769-10774