A Bridge between Nature and Engineering

For Haralampos (Babis), mathematics is just like a real language. „But it is also a precise analysis tool“, the 35-year-old Greek scientist says.

In cfaed, he uses complex algorithms to ‚translate‘ biology for engineers. In the Biological Systems Path, the foucs lies on solutions offered by the processes in nature for technique-related problems. „Our goal is the profound understanding of cell decision making in multicellular systems by means of multiscale mathematical modeling“, Babis says.

Initial results in collaboration with the Resilience Path show that intercellular dialogs are a paradigm of especially efficient communication. Another important source of inspiration of Babis‘ group is the zebrafish retina development, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics. „The dynamic dialog between cells and their micro environment makes multicellular systems fascinatingly complex“, he adds. The communication between neighboring cells should inspire cfaed researchers to find innovative new approaches in their technological fields. „This is very interesting“, Babis says, who has already a lot of Dresden experience.

From 2004 to 2009, he wrote his PhD thesis in mathematics at Technische Unviersität Dresden. After working as a Postdoc in Biomedical Informatics in the USA and at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig, he returned to Saxony as a Research Group Leader of cfaed. He attracted international young talents to his Group M3s – Multiscale Modeling of Multicellular Systems – with the help of cfaed. „It is a great honor for me to be part of the Cluster“, he says. „I like this intensive interdisciplinary dialog and the exchange between the best heads of their fields.“