Thorsten Auth is a theoretical physicist working on biophysics and soft matter. He graduated from Goethe University Frankfurt and then moved to Forschungszentrum Jülich to work on his doctoral thesis project. He studied effective rigidities of polymer-decorated amphiphilic monolayers in oil-water microemulsions as part of a collaboration with colleagues at the Institute for Neutron Scattering in Jülich and the Institute of Physical Chemistry in Cologne. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University of Cologne. As a postdoc, after a short stay at Forschungszentrum Jülich, he worked on active fluctuations of red blood cells at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. In 2007, Thorsten Auth returned to Forschungszentrum Jülich as a staff scientist at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of Living Matter. He focuses on numerical calculations and computer simulations to predict the interaction of membranes with nano- and microstructures and on computer simulations of active matter.
Dr. Thorsten Auth
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institut für Biologische Informationsprozesse (IBI)
Theoretische Physik der Lebenden Materie (IBI-5/IAS-2)
Gebäude 04.16 / Raum 2012
Warum und woran ich forsche
I use physics to study biological cells, the basic building blocks of life. On the one hand, I predict the interaction of lipid-bilayer membranes - the communication interfaces between cells and their environment - with nano- and microstructures. On the other hand, I use high-performance computing to simulate active matter confined by membranes. Here, I employ generic models to understand concepts for the non-equilibrium physics essential for life, e.g., metabolically-driven processes in the cytoskeleton.