Research report 2012 - Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology
How computer aided experiments light up cells to enlighten us
Abteilung II: Systemische Zellbiologie
SummaryIntracellular signaling pathways reacting to outside influences decide the fate of cells. These pathways are constructed from convoluted networks of interactions amongst proteins, the properties of which define those interactions, but conversely are continuously changed by these interactions. Computer aided modeling of the dynamics of the proteins involved allows the researcher to monitor the emerging patterns in the macroscopic behavior of cells stemming from these molecular scale interactions.