Recognition for physicists at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence: two scientific publications by the team of researchers led by Prof. Cornelia Denz have made it onto the 2017 list of the 30 best papers worldwide in the fields of optics and photonics. The papers are chosen once a year by the “Optics & Photonics News” journal. A committee of experts had assessed 125 international studies from the past 12 months
One of the successful papers is the result of a collaboration with the team of researchers headed by Dr. Arndt Siekmann, who is likewise a group leader at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence and at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster. The study was made as part of a so-called pilot project at the Cluster of Excellence, in which PhD students from a variety of fields work on interdisciplinary questions. In this particular project, physicist Robert Meißner and biologist Wade Sugden used optical methods to study the velocity of the blood flow in living zebra fish, and they found that a specific genetic defect leads to vascular malformations.