Geometry in Soft Matter Physics

I am an Emmy Noether Research Group Leader at the Institute for Mathematics, Technische Universität Berlin. My research is in the field of geometry and topology in soft matter physics. My background is in Geometry, including 2D hyperbolic geometry and 3D networks, knots and tangles. I am interested in how mesoscale geometry and entanglement of 3D objects influences macroscale properties, particularly in biological materials. I hope that you find some useful information here about the research that I am doing at the TU Berlin. Please feel free to contact me ( if you have any questions, or if you are interested in starting a research project with me here in Berlin.

Latest News

Berliner Wissenschaftspreis 2017

(posted 14 Dec 2017)

On November 7th, as part of the Berlin Science Week, I was awarded the Junior category of the Berliner Wissenschaftspreis (Berlin Science Prize). You can read a few articles about it here and here, and more generally about the prize here.

Animal, Vegetal, Mineral?

19-23 Sept 2016, Yallingup, Western Australia

(posted 8 Feb 2016)

The conference "Animal, Vegetal, Mineral? - Emergence and function of complex nanostructures in biological tissue and synthetic self-assembly" will be held in Yallingup, Western Australia from the 19th to the 23rd of September 2016. The conference is part of the prestigious Boden Research Conference series of the Australian Academy of Science. more...

Shape Up 2015 : Exercises in Materials Geometry and Topology

(posted 16 Dec 2015)

In September 2015, we hosted "Shape Up" here at the TU Berlin. It was an interdisciplinary discussion meeting on patterns and geometry, and their role in biological and synthetic microstructured materials and tissue. We invite contributions from biology, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, physics and related fields addressing the genesis, properties and function of complex nano-scale geometries, as well as underlying geometric and topological concepts for the study of complex structure and shape. The conference included a total of 16 keynote lectures, almost 50 scientific talks, poster sessions and around 110 registered participants. more...