Unraveling growth of organs with computer science and physics

Workshop on "Image-based Modeling and Simulation of Morphogenesis" brings leading expertise to Dresden

In order to understand complex biological processes such as the development of organs and tissues (so-called morphogenesis), a combination of several areas of science is required that is rarely found today. The international workshop "Image-based Modeling and Simulation of Morphogenesis" at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) starts at this point and brings together leading experts in biophysics, life sciences and scientific computing in Dresden.

From 13th to 15th March 2019, approximately 40 biologists, computer scientists and physicists from Germany, Europe and the USA will meet at the MPI-PKS to jointly discuss computer-aided methods for predicting tissue development from image data and exchange new approaches to better understand how organs and organisms develop. The workshop thus falls within the core area of the recently approved Cluster of Excellence "Physics of Life" at the TU Dresden, which aims to uncover the secret of life across disciplines.

Ivo Sbalzarini, Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science at the TU Dresden, and Research Group Leader at the CSBD and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, is one of the two scientific coordinators, along with Kyle Harrington, Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho, USA. Ivo says, "I'm very pleased that we can bring some of the big names in data-driven modeling and simulation to Dresden. The exchange and collaboration of experts from different disciplines is essential when trying to understand how organs and tissues develop. The international meeting will further strengthen Dresden's pioneering position and hopefully create new friendships and research contacts that will endure."