Fakultät für Physik




Seminar: Physics of the Emergence of Life – Übersicht

  • Übersicht

Which biophysical processes could lead to the first living systems? How can Darwinian evolution be triggered by nonequilibrium processes? Can we build the strategies of life bottom up in the lab? The minimal requirements for the emergence of an evolutionary dynamics are three processes: replication, mutation, and selection. To maintain the genetic simulation, also a nonequilibrium system is needed. We will discuss recent progress in understanding this phase transition from nonliving to living matter. Topics will include experimental and theoretical treatments.

Informationen zur Vorlesung

Zeit und Ort

Fr 12.30-14.00
N020 (Kleiner Physikhörsaal)

The Seminar is geared towards Masterstudents, however talented, late Bachelorstudents willing to digg deep into more special concepts are also welcome. Papers will focus on recent advances on the topic. The 13 Topics + Papers can be downloaded here. On Fr 26th April (sorry for the wrong date posted here before), we will discuss the topics and distribute them among the students.

Prof. Dieter Braun
(email: dieter.braun@lmu.de)

Times of the Seminar.

26.4. Introduction to the Seminar and distribution of topics (How to prepare a talk)
3.5. No Seminar: time to prepare first talk
10.5. Topic 11: Benedikt Illich (Talk)
17.5. Topic 13: Lea Wassermann (Talk)
24.5. Topic 4: Arina Kusnezowa (Talk)
31.5. Topic 8: Manuel Reinhardt, Mario Gaimann (Talk)
7.6. Topic 2: Adina Hausch, Benedikt Zimmermann (Talk)
14.6. Topic 10: Pia Alexander (Talk)
21.6. Topic 7: Esra Gezmis, Emre Tekin (Talk)
28.6. Topic 1: Yasin Durmaz will be next week!
5.7. Topic 6: Lukas Komisel, Philipp Janto
       Topic 1: Yasin Durmaz
12.7. Topic 3: Alex Häbel, Helen McGregor
19.7. Topic 5: Janis Köhler
26.7. Topic x

Overview over the topics:
1 Methods of insitu activation of RNA for replication
2 Reactions of RNA in ice
3 Recombination networks
4 Symmetry breaking in cooperative ligation
5 RNA Ligation and recombination in ice
6 Theory of RNA ligation
7 Creation of pH gradients
8 Nonequilibrium chemistry and phase transitions
9 Formation of RNA/DNA gels in a temperature gradient
10 RNA catalysis in Ice
11 Entropic DNA Machines
12 Towards translation
13 Replication and selection in a thermal gradient


Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: Dieter Braun