Conducting spatio-temporal simulation studies to analyze cellular dynamics provides ample challenges individually and even more so if simulation studies in terms of models, experiments, and results need to be put into relation across different scales, as will be required in the collaborative research center ELAINE (Electrically active implants). The goal of this project is to exploit domain-specific languages for addressing these challenges and to conduct two simulation studies that study cellular responses to external electrical fields at different spatial scales from membrane related dynamics up to cell functions like differentiation and cell-cell interaction. The impact of spatial resolutions on research questions and simulation results will be analyzed to relate modeling efforts of different simulation studies across spatio-temporal scales. The research will be conducted in close cooperation with other research projects in ELAINE, e.g., A02, A03, C01, and C04.


Research Project LaCE

Languages for Cell Biological Systems in ELAINE


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15.08.2017 until 30.06.2021

Prof. Dr. Adelinde M. Uhrmacher

M.Sc. Kai Budde,
M.Sc. Philipp Henning, M.Sc. Tom Warnke, Dr. Fiete Haack

Elisa Krummrich, Alina Schubert



The research focuses on domain-specific languages for developing spatio-temporal, multi-scale, multi-level, bio-chemical models and their application to study the impact of external electric fields on cell functions such as differentiation.

As part of the collaborative research center 'ELAINE' (electrically active implants) we will use computer-based simulation models to study cellular responses to external electric fields. These simulation studies shall be executed and related to each other across multiple spatial and temporal scales. In order to facilitate the process of conducting and relating simulation studies to each other, we will develop, refine, and apply domain-specific languages for describing models and simulation experiments.

One simulation study is dedicated to cellular mechanisms close to the membrane. Another study is focusing on central intra- and intercellular dynamics, such as the Wnt signaling pathway. Both studies will explore the impact of electric fields on cellular functions such as migration and differentiation.  The project will be executed in close cooperation with other ELAINE projects (e.g. A02, A03, C01 and C04).