Ralf Metzler

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Ralf Metzler received his doctorate in physics from the University of Ulm, Germany, in 1996. After postdoctorates at Tel Aviv University and MIT, he was appointed assistant professor at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA), which was then in Copenhagen. After a period as Canada Research Chair in Biological Physics at the University of Ottawa, he moved to the Technical University of Munich as a professor. Since 2011, he has been chair professor for theoretical physics at the University of Potsdam and is an Alexander von Humboldt Polish Honorary Research Fellow. His research focuses on nonequilibrium statistical physics and (anomalous) stochastic processes, with applications to biological and soft matter systems. In 2009 he was recognized as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.


Keeping up with the noise

Faster does not mean more preciseā€”a new view of how proteins diffuse and bind to a specific site on the DNA reassesses the role noise plays in the biochemical production line that creates biomolecules from genes. Read More »


The Dance of Water Molecules around Proteins

A combination of experiments, simulations, and modeling has revealed the anomalous diffusion of water molecules along the surfaces of proteins. Read More »