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Jens Karschau

  • Dr.
  • Research Fellow
  • Technische Universitat Dresden
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My interests lie at the interface between physics and biology. Recently my work has focussed on DNA replication - the most critical process for every living organism. My research contributes to the elucidation of the physical principles which govern faithful and on-time DNA replication each time a cell divides. This is done using stochastic modelling of protein-DNA interaction and DNA replication replication kinetics, combining theoretical techniques from statistical physics with numerical approaches, for example Monte-Carlo simulations. At the Max-Planck-Institute, I continue working on physical problems in biology, aiming to further the understanding of stochastic processes involved in the macromolecular building blocks of life, and identify the constraints for living organisms. I have gained knowledge from the experimentalist's and theoretician's viewpoint. During my studies I have learned biology as well as engineering approaches in control theory and biophysics.

Recent publications

  • Basis of Single-Hit Killing in Bacterical Populations

    • Karschau J
  • Stochastic Modelling of E. coli exposed to Methylglyoxal Stress

    • Karschau J

Professional experience

Research Fellow

Technische Universität Dresden

April 2016 - Present

Guest Scientist (Post-Doc)

Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme

January 2014 - April 2016(2 years)


ProBioGen AG

October 2008 - October 2009(a year)



University of Aberdeen

December 2009 - December 2013(4 years)


Otto-von-Guericke University

October 2004 - November 2009(5 years)

Research Project (Summer Student)

Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen

April 2008 - September 2008(5 months)

Co-authors (23)