Welcome to the Biomedical Physics Group

The Research Group Biomedical Physics is located at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, Germany.

Complex spatio-temporal wave dynamics underlies a variety of debilitating crises in extended excitable systems. An example are cardiac arrhythmias. This electro-mechanical malfunction of the heart is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide.

We employ experimental, numerical and theoretical techniques to elucidate fundamental molecular and dynamical mechanisms underlying cardiac fibrillation, and develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

BMP News

2012-10-18 21:30 by Philip Bittihn

Biomedical Physics Topics Soon to Travel the World

Cardiac topics at the Max Planck Science Tunnel 3.0 (© Jan Braun/Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum)
© Jan Braun/Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

The Science Tunnel is a travelling exhibition by the Max Planck Society, presenting cutting edge  research approachably to the general public. With over 9 million visitors in Europe and South America, the Science Tunnel is now entering its third phase and the Biomedical Physics group is happy to be a part of it.

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2012-09-14 11:05 by Philip Bittihn

Field-stimulation theory paper published in Physical Review Letters

Numerical simulation on a cross-section of a rabbit ventricle revealing field-strength dependent recruitment of wave sources (electric field strength increasing from left to right). Negative curvature boundaries are activated at the lowest field strengths.<br /> Excerpt of figure 4 from Bittihn, Hörning, Luther, <em>Physical Review Letters</em><strong> 109</strong>, 118106 (2012)
Bittihn, Hörning, Luther, Physical Review Letters 109, 118106 (2012)

Today, a paper by our group was published in Physical Review Letters as an Editors' Suggestion. It focuses on the basic mechanisms governing the interaction of electric fields with biological tissues of complex shape.

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2012-06-21 19:46 by Stefan Luther

STED Super-resolution Imaging of T-tubules

STED live cell super-resolution imaging shows proliferative remodeling of T-Tubule membrane structures after myocardial infarction. E. Wagner, M. Lauterbach et al., Circulation Research (

2012-05-23 09:29 by Stefan Luther

Sonderforschungsbereich SFB 1002 „Modulatorische Einheiten bei Herzinsuffizienz“

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) fördert neuen Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) mit über 10 Millionen Euro für zunächst vier Jahre. 

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2011-07-14 18:04 by Stefan Luther

A LEAP in controlling cardiac fibrillation

Nature paper on low-energy control of electric turbulence in the heart published on July 14 2011.

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