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Project Area C - Biological Systems: Self-organization and nonlinear waves in active media.
Research in project area C is
focused on cell motility and pattern formation in active biological
media. In particular, we concentrate on (i) bacterial motility under
the influence of chemotactic as well as contact-dependent chemical
signaling and (ii) motility and pattern formation in systems, where
reaction-diffusion dynamics is coupled to mechanical stresses and
advection. All projects consider processes at the cellular level.
Model descriptions include both Langevin-type models for active motion
and continuum descriptions and aim at a quantitative understanding.
While the experimental project C.1 and the theoretical project C.2 are
tightly linked together, also the other theoretical projects (C.3 –
C.5) are closely related to experimental observations and build on
well-established collaborations with experimental groups.
In detail, the projects of area C are:
- C.1: From trajectories to an understanding of chemotactic response: experiments 
- C.2: From trajectories to an understanding of chemotactic response: theory 
- C.3: Spatio-temporal pattern formation in reaction-diffusion-advection-mechanics (RDAM) systems 
- C.4: Chemical regulation of aggregation and pattern formation of gliding bacteria 
- C.5: Cell morpho-dynamics driven by actin polymerization