Maryam Aliee

Maryam Aliee

Postdoctoral Researcher
PULS group, Institut für Theoretische Physik,

Research Interests

Biophysics, Modeling of developmental biology, Physics of tissue and cancer growth, Modeling of gene regulatory networks,
Stochastic Phenomena, Computational Physics, Image analysis.


  • PhD, Physics, Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme and TU Dresden, Germany (2013)
  • MSc, Physics, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), Zanjan, Iran (2008)

Research Experience

  • Since 08/2016 : Postdoc researcher in the Biophysics group at FAU working on quantitative analysis and modeling of tissue growth.
  • 09/2013 – 06/2016: Postdoc researcher at the Dep. de Reproduction et Developpement des Plantes, ENS Lyon working on Modeling of plant morphogenesis.
  • 09/2015 – 10/2015: Visitor researcher at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, in the program “Evolutionary Cell Biology”.
  • 04/2015 – 07/2015: Visitor researcher at Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme (MPIPKS) working on time-evolution of clone morphology in developing tissues.
  • 10/2008 – 08/2013: PhD researcher at MPIPKS, thesis subject: “Mechanics and dynamics of compartment boundaries in developing tissues” under the supervision of Prof Frank Jülicher.
  • 07/2007 – 06/2008: Master student at IASBS, thesis subject: “Mechanical properties of an elastic polymer adsorbed by a rigid substrate”, under the supervision of Prof Ali Najafi.

Selected Publications

  • M. Michel, M. Aliee, K. Rudolf, L. Bialas, F. Jülicher, C. Dahmann, “The Selector Gene apterous and Notch Are Required to Locally Increase Mechanical Cell Bond Tension at the Drosophila Dorsoventral Compartment Boundary”, PLoS One 11, e0161668 (2016)

  • K. Rudolf, D. Umetsu, M. Aliee, L. Sui, F. Jülicher, C. Dahmann, “A local dif- ference in Hedgehog signal transduction increases mechanical cell bond tension and biases cell intercalations along the Drosophila anteroposterior compartment bound- ary”, Development 142 , 3845 (2015).

  • D. Umetsu, B. Aigouy, M. Aliee, L. Sui, S. Eaton, F. Jülicher, C. Dahmann, “Local increases in mechanical tension shape compartment boundaries by biasing cell intercalations”, Current Biology 24, 1798 (2014).

  • J. Ranft, M. Aliee, J. Prost, F. Jülicher, J.-F. Joanny, “Mechanically driven inter- face propagation in biological tissues”, New Journal of Physics 16, 035002 (2014).

  • M. Aliee, J. Röper, K. P. Landsberg, C. Pentzold, T. J. Widmann, F. Jülicher, C. Dahmann, “Physical mechanisms shaping the Drosophila dorsoventral compartment boundary”, Current Biology 22, 967-976 (2012).

  • M. Aliee, A. Najafi, “Mechanical properties of an adsorbed elastic polymer in contact with a rigid membrane”, Phys. Rev. E 78, 051802 (2008).

Teaching Experience

  • Theoretical Biophysics, Summer 2017.
  • Teaching Assistant of Computational Methods in Biophysics and Soft Matter, Winter 2017.
  • Teaching Assistant of Theoretical Biophysics, Spring 2010.
  • Teaching Assistant of Advanced Hydrodynamics, Autumn 2007.
  • Teaching Assistant of Advanced Mathematics, Autumn 2003.