About the Research
Public Relations Officer
As ICReDD’s Public Relations Officer, I get to tell people from science and the general public about the exciting research conducted at the institute.
My own research background is in physical ethology. In particular, I studied how biological transportation networks form during an organism’s growth. For this, I used techniques from the traditionally separate fields of physics (e.g., non-linear dynamics modelling, fluid dynamics) and biology (e.g., cell cultures) to gain new insights into the fundamental natural process of network formation that either discipline alone could not achieve. This is similar to how at ICReDD researchers use a great variety of tools from computational and experimental chemistry as well as from data science to advance our understanding of chemical reactions beyond what would be possible within one field alone.
Representative Research Achievements
- Uni-cellular integration of complex spatial information in slime moulds and ciliates
D. Schenz, Y. Nishigami, K. Sato, T. Nakagaki, Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, 2019, 57, 78-83
- Does being multi-headed make you better at solving problems? A survey of Physarum-based models and computations
C Gao, C. Liu, D. Schenz, X. Li, Z. Zhang, M. Jusup, Z. Wang, M. Beekman, T. Nakagaki, Physics of Life Reviews, 2018, 29, 1-26
- A Mathematical Model for Adaptive Vein Formation during Exploratory Migration of Physarum polycephalum: Routing while Scouting
D. Schenz, Y. Shima, S. Kuroda, T. Nakagaki, K. Ueda, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2017, 50, 434001