Prof. Dr. Kevin Thurley, principle investigator

Kevin Thurley studied biophysics and applied mathematics at Humboldt University Berlin, followed by doctoral research on stochastic intracellular calcium signals in Berlin and Cambridge. In a first postdoc at Charite Berlin and a second postdoc at UC San Francisco, he combined mathematical modeling and quantitative data analysis in several research projects on circadian rhythms, cell motility and cell-cell-communication. In 2017, he returned to Berlin to start his own research group at German Rheumatism Research Center, where he works on an interdisciplinary framework to dissect the complex relationships among immune cells. In 2021, the Thurley group joined the mathematics in the life sciences initiative in Bonn, and is now part of the Immunosensation and Hausdorff Mathematics excellence clusters.

Philipp Burt, PhD student

 Philipp received his MSc in biophysics from Humboldt University, Berlin. During his MSc studies, he conducted wetlab research on plant osmotic stress (UC San Diego) and was trained in mathematical modeling of circadian clocks (Herzel lab, Charité Berlin). In his PhD project, he is interested in combining high-throughput data with mathematical models to predict T helper cell fate-decisions in chronic and acute inflammation. Outside the lab Philipp enjoys table tennis, biking and dancing. 

Gino Kwon, PhD student

Gino has achieved his MSc. in Medical science from Yonsei University, the city of Seoul. He is interested in System-scale biological data, human disease, personalized treatment, genomic landscape, and single-cell sequencing technics. He is looking forward to applying simplified methods to multiple scaled data, hoping to assist in the discovery of biological factors. Previously, he worked in different industry fields  such as pattern recognition and prediction modeling. Out of desk, he likes arts, physical activities, and sports.

Patrick Brunner, PhD student

Patrick received his BSc in Physics from the University of Stuttgart and his MSc in Biophysics from the Humboldt University Berlin. During his PhD in the Thurley group he now applies mathematical modeling approaches to explore communication between immune cells in spatial networks. Outside of work Patrick likes to cook, dance and ride his bike throughout Berlin. 

Lukas Kiwitz, Msc student and student assistant

Lukas is a biology and biophysics student at Humboldt University Berlin. In the Thurley group, he derives spatio-temporal model simulations of Th cell communication.

Alumni, graduations in the lab

  • Gustav Geißler (2019-2020), Msc Physics (Humboldt University Berlin).
  • Zuzanna Borek (2019-2020), guest scientist. 
  • Pau Pascual Mas (2020), Bsc Biotechnology (University of Barcelona). 
  • Paraskevi Voula Tassopoulou (2019), Msc Molecular Medicine  (Charite University Hospital Berlin). 
  • Sebastian Serve (2017-2018), Bsc Mathematics, student research project.