In our research group we aim to contribute to the theoretical understanding of how biological systems are able to increase and maintain its complexity along time and space. Examples of questions guiding our research are: What principles make the emergence of biological complexity possible to happen? What mechanisms underlie its striking reproducibility and robustness? What dynamical features lie behind homeostasis? Most of our work is developed in close contact to experimental labs. To address the research challenges, we take inspiration from statistical physics and dynamical systems theory. Our approach, however, is open and guided only by the research questions.
The group is part of the Institute of Biology of the University of Graz and member of the network of the field of excellence Complexity of life in basic research and innovation.