Thomas Sokolowski

Dr. Thomas Sokolowski

Research Area: Life- and Neurosciences
Focuses: Biophysics, Multiscale Modelling, Cellular Biology



Thomas Sokolowski

Dr. Thomas Sokolowski

Life- and Neurosciences

What makes living systems most fascinating to me is the recurring observation that increasing complexity of fundamentally stochastic systems can dramatically multiply distinct but almost equivalent functional solutions--in spite of fundamental physical constraints.


Thomas Sokolowski was born in 1981 in Siemianowice Śląskie/Laurahütte and spent his youth in Bielefeld. From 2002 until 2008 he studied physics and mathematics at Saarland University, Saarbrücken. There he took the path towards theoretical biophysics during his Diploma (Master's) thesis work, completed in 2008. From 2009 on he pursued his PhD project at the AMOLF Institute in Amsterdam, specializing in efficient biochemical simulation algorithms and robust cellular regulation and pattern formation; he graduated in 2013 from Vrije Universitet Amsterdam (VU). As a postdoc at IST Austria from 2014 until 2020, he focused on optimizing complex spatial-stochastic models of biophysically constrained cellular information processing, mainly in developmental biology. In April 2020 he started as a group leader and fellow at FIAS.



2020 – today: Fellow 

Further organisations

2014 - 2019 Postdoc, IST Austria, Klosterneuburg

2009 - 2013 PhD student, FOM Institut AMOLF, Amsterdam

2002 - 2008 Saarland University, Saarbrücken