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Systems Biology of Inflammation
Dr. Kevin Thurley

Systems Biology of Inflammation

Dr. Kevin Thurley

Leibniz "Best Minds Programme"
Leibniz Junior Research Group supported by the Leibniz Association

at the Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum Berlin
A Leibniz Institute
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

since 2021:
Institute of Experimental Oncology University Hospital Bonn
More information here: www.thurleylab.org


Kevin Thurley studied biophysics and applied mathematics at Humboldt University Berlin, followed by doctoral research on stochastic intracellular calcium signals in Berlin and Cambridge. In a first postdoc at Charite Berlin and a second postdoc at UC San Francisco, he combined mathematical modeling and quantitative data analysis in several research projects on circadian rhythms, cell motility and cell-cell-communication. In 2017, he returned to Berlin to start his own research group at German Rheumatism Research Center, where he works on an interdisciplinary framework to dissect the complex relationships among immune cells. In 2021, the Thurley group joined the mathematics in the life sciences initiative in Bonn, and is now part of the Immunosensation and Hausdorff Mathematics excellence clusters.


Scientific Career
  • Since 2018 Junior group leader “Systems Biology of Inflammation” at DRFZ, Berlin
  • 2014 – 2017 Postdoctoral fellow with Profs. Steven Altschuler and Lani Wu, University of California San Francisco: “Response-time modeling of cell-cell communication networks”.
  • 2011 – 2014 Postdoc position with Dr. Pal Westermark and Prof. Dr. Achim Kramer, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin: “Circadian control of biochemical networks“.
  • 2009/10 Guest scientist with Prof. Colin Taylor, University of Cambridge, UK: “Live cell imaging of elementary Ca(2+) release events”.
  • 2008 – 2011 Doctoral student with Prof. Dr. Martin Falcke, Max Delbrück Center Berlin and Humboldt University Berlin: “Hierarchical modeling and single-cell analysis of stochastic intracellular Ca(2+) signaling”.
  • 2006/07 Diploma thesis with Prof. Dr. Thomas Höfer, HU Berlin and DKFZ Heidelberg: “Spatiotemporal modeling of cell-cell communication in T cells via Interleukin-2”.
  • 2011 PhD in Biophysics (Humboldt University Berlin), summa cum laude
  • 2007 Diploma in Biophysics (Humboldt University Berlin)
  • 2001 – 2007 Study of Biophysics at Humboldt University Berlin and Université Bordeaux II, France.
Thurley lab
Understanding the complex relationships among immune cells with mathematical tools
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