Hydra & Biophysics



  • A. Gamba, M. Nicodemi, J. Soriano, A. Ott. "Axis defining Symmetry Breaking and Critical Behavior in Hydra Embryonic Development", Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 158103 (2012).
  • J. Soriano, S. Rüdiger, P.A. Pullarkat, A. Ott. "Mechano-genetic coupling of Hydra symmetry breaking and driven Turing instability mode", Biophys. J. 96, 1649 (2009).
  • M. Kücken, J. Soriano, P.A. Pullarkat, A. Ott, E.M. Nicola. "An osmoregulatory basis for shape oscillations in regenerating Hydra", Biophys. J. 95, 978 (2008).
  • J. Soriano, C. Colombo, A. Ott. “Hydra Molecular Network Reaches Criticality at the Symmetry-Breaking, Axis-Defining Moment”. Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 258102 (2006).



  • M. Rodríguez-Martínez; J. Soriano; T. Tlusty; I. Furman; Y. Pilpel. "Messenger RNA fluctuations and regulatory RNAs shape the dynamics of a negative feedback loop", Phys. Rev. E. 81, 031924 (2010).


Comments on our research

  • A physicist enthuses about criticality in biological development", Research Highlights (Journal Club), Nature 451, 111 (2008).


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