Dr. Markus Basan
I study biological systems from a physicist’s perspective. The hope with this approach (which requires a certain faith in simplicity) is that through the combination of detailed quantitative experimental characterization with simple analytical or computational models, underlying principles can be identified in some cases, which may help unravel part of the complexity associated with biological systems.
Questions I studied in the past include the influence of mechanics on growth regulation of cellular tissues, the coordination of collective cell migration during the wound healing process, as well as carbon overflow and its relation to energy metabolism, carbon status and growth rate in E. coli. In November 2013, I joined the lab of Prof. Uwe Sauer with a SystemsX Transition Postdoc Fellowship (TPdF) to study the molecular origin as well as the growth condition dependent variation of lag times in E. coli.
After undergraduate studies at ETH Zurich (Diplom 2007) and a year abroad at Harvard University, I obtained a PhD in theoretical physics working with Profs. Jean-Francois Joanny and Jacques Prost at the Curie Institute in Paris in 2010. I went on to do a Postdoc with Prof. Terry Hwa at the University of California at San Diego before joining the Sauer lab in November 2013.
For an updated list of publications, please check my google scholar profile