Our project requires knowledge and infrastructure from diverse research fields and a particularly close collaboration and frequent exchange. FLOW FOR LIFE brings together experts and infrastructure from five engineering and natural science departments at the TU Darmstadt and forms a team of scientists working together and supporting each other. This is essential to tackle unforeseen challenges that interdisciplinary approaches typically entail.

Meet our researchers

Markus Biesalski, Professor

With a creative team of researchers, we combine polymer science & paper chemistry, to develop innovative and sustainable materials, with fields of application progressing from coatings to construction materials and paper-based microfluidic devices.

Macromolecular and Paper Chemistry

Andreas Blaeser, Professor

Main focus areas of our group are modelling and experimental research of various mechanisms and phenomena for the transport of biomaterials and their interaction with living cells. We address major biofabrication challenges, such as the parallel printing of multifunctional material composites with different physical, chemical and biological properties.

BioMedical Printing Technology

Cristina Cardoso, Professor

Our group is interested in elucidating how the mammalian (epi)genome is maintained throughout cell divisions and how the epigenetic information is translated into spatial chromatin structure and activity during differentiation, reprogramming and disease. We make use of a variety of biochemical, molecular and cell biological methods with particular emphasis on advanced live-cell and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy.

Cell biology and epigenetics

Bastian Etzold, Professor

The research in the Etzold Lab aims to deepen the understanding of the activity transport nexus in heterogeneously catalysed and electrochemical reactions. The knowledge on gas transport in multiphase systems will be employed to design a dynamic oxygen saturator. Furthermore, the possibility to produce oxygen electrochemically directly within the nutrient solution will be studied.

Etzold Lab

Picture: Katrin Binner

Steffen Hardt, Professor

We deal with transport phenomena in fluids on the nano- and micrometer scale. Breaking new scientific ground fascinates us, but we keep applications in mind. These can be in different fields such as sustainability, energy conversion, process engineering or (bio)chemical analytics.

Nano- and Microfluidics

Jeanette Hussong, Professor (scientific coordinator)

We investigate and teach in the area of unsteady, multiphase or aerodynamic flows. The aim is to improve the fundamental understanding of technically relevant flow processes with the help of current experimental, numerical or analytical methods and to derive predictive models from generic investigations.

Institute for Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics

Regine von Klitzing, Professor

We work in the area of phases and interfaces and examine the interactions in thin liquid films and at the air/water interface. Another main focus is responsive soft matter such as polyelectrolyte multilayers, polymer brushes, and hydrogels.

Soft Matter at Interfaces

Heinz Koeppl, Professor

We perform research on self-organisation principles and address the question of how those principles can be put to use in artificial, engineering systems. We look at different domains with our main focus being molecular biology, in particular synthetic biology.

Bioinspired Communication Systems

Ulrike Nuber, Professor (scientific coordinator)

We aim to understand and control the fate and spatial arrangement of developing cells, focusing on neural cell types. For this purpose, we employ various methods, including genome engineering to generate human induced pluripotent stem cell reporter lines, prospective isolation of defined cell types by multicolor flow cytometry, and development and application of fluidic devices to control 3D patterning of cell aggregates.

Stem cell and developmental biology


Dipl. Biol. Michaela Becker-Röck


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