Dr. Zhike Zi. Photo: D. Ausserhofer

Dr. Zhike Zi

Research Group Leader
Otto Warburg Laboratories
Zi lab
(030) 8413 1660

Main focus

  • Understand the mechanisms of cell signaling networks with the combination of mathematical modeling and quantitative experiments
  • Computational modeling of cell signaling networks using reverse engineering methods

  • Investigate TGF-beta signaling dynamics in single cells using live cell imaging, optogenetics and microfluidic systems


Mathematical modeling of cell signaling networks; TGF-beta signaling dynamics

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Research Experience

  • Since 05/2014:Group leader at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany
  • 2009 – 2014:Independent project leader (Independent Postdoc) at University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2008 – 2009:Postdoc in Theoretical Biophysics at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany


  • 10/2008:Doctorate in Biophysics, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • 2005 – 2008:PhD student at the International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing (IMPRS-CBSC), Berlin, Germany
  • 07/2005:M.S. in Biology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • 07/2002:B.S. in Biotechnology, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan, China


  • 2009:EMBO Short Term Fellowship, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  • 2008:Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad
  • 2006:DAAD exchange scholarship in Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, USA
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