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About Me


I’m a Project Leader working at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS, Dresden, Germany) in the Biological Physics Division. 

Since May 2017 I’m entitled as a MPIPKS Distinguished Fellow.

My two main research interests are stochastic thermodynamics and biophysics. I study the thermodynamic properties of processes that take place in the microscopic world, where the dynamics is strongly affected by thermal fluctuations. My work on non-equilibrium thermodynamics provides novel insights on the fluctuations of biological processes that occur at mesoscopic scales, such as RNA transcription, spontaneous otoacoustic emissions and cell-fate decisions. I have also participated in several applications in micro and nano-engineering with the construction of colloidal heat engines and information engines using optical tweezers.

I currently work in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany), the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany), the Vodafone Chair of Mobile Communication Systems (Dresden, Germany) and the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden. Since 2008 I’m member of Grupo Interdisciplinar de Sistemas Complejos (GISC, Madrid, Spain).

I perform a cross-disciplinary research combining theory, simulations and experiments in the interface between physics, biology and mathematics.

Some of my main research lines are:

  1. Stochastic thermodynamics 
  2. Transcription by RNA polymerases
  3. Decision theory and cell-fate decisions
  4. Colloidal heat engines
  5. Random walks

Research Highlights


Publications & CV


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