Welcome to Quantitative and Theoretical Biology

Welcome to the Institute of Quantitative and Theoretical Biology at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. Our research focuses on the development of theoretical concepts and mathematical models of biological processes. Current scientific interests are photosynthesis, plant energy metabolism, secondary plant metabolism, the interaction between microbes and photosynthetic organisms and polymer biochemistry.



Biochemical mechanisms driving rapid fluxes in C 4 photosynthesis

A preprint of our paper on drivers of the high metabolic fluxes in C4 photosynthesis is available on undefinedbioRXiv.


PoLiMeR: PhD student vacancies & website online

The website of the PoLiMeR project has launched: undefinedhttp://polimer-itn.eu
Find open PhD student positions here: undefinedpolimer-itn.eu/vacancies/


Two preprints available from our Lab this month

Our paper on a quantum mechanical model of the Q-cycle of the b6f complex in the photosynthetic electron transport chain is available as preprint on undefinedarXiv, as well as our first software meta-paper, uploaded on the undefinedBioRxiv earlier last week. 

The work conducted in a collaboration with the researchers from the University of Glasgow has been published today in the Journal of The Royal Society Interface. Mathematical modelling has been used to design a robust one-input binary switch, which combines a transcriptional toggle switch with a DNA inversion switch. This combined circuit switches between the two states every time it receives a pulse of a single-input signal. Such genetic switches can be used in synthetic biology to encode memory and control gene expression and therefore the proposed switch is a promising candidate for further use as a basic element of binary counting devices. You can download the paper from the undefinedjournal site.


Prof. Dr. Oliver Ebenhöh

Gebäude: 25.32
Etage/Raum: 03.22
Tel.: +49 211 81-10172
Fax: +49 211 81-15563


Mara Schuff

Gebäude: 25.32
Etage/Raum: 03.24
Tel.: +49 211 81-12923
Fax: +49 211 81-15563

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