Center for Models of Life

In the Center for Models of Life, CMOL, we use methods from physics to develop understanding of living systems. We model regulation of living systems aiming to understand the strategies of gene regulation and dynamics of self organization, with a focus on simple conceptual and quantitative models. Our research tackles diversity of biological systems from biological development to emergence of complex communities.








































































































































































































































Contact individual PIs for specific inquiries (follow the link for contact information). General inquiries about CMoL can be sent to

Namiko Mitarai, Associate Professor
Blegdamsvej 17, 2100 København Ø, Bygning K, Building: 07-1-Kb10
Phone: +45 35 32 54 02



You can either click on a person at the bottom of the page and see their publications, or you can see a complete list of publications for the entire section for Biocomplexity.



Universal biology group will open at Niels Bohor Institute, May 2022, headed by Professor Kunihiko Kaneko, with tight collaboration with Center for Models of Life and Universal Biology Institute at Univ of Tokyo. Professor Kaneko will join the Niels Bohr Institute as a full professor from May 2022. Universal Biology aims to unveil universal characteristics in life systems and universal laws in adaptation, development, and evolution, with the spirit of physics (in particular, statistical physics and dynamical systems), by noting consistency between hierarchical levels – molecules, cells, organisms, and ecosystem.

For more details of the project, see ;

for (related) KK’s publications, please refer to or google scholar page ).



  • A postdoc position  and a PhD fellowship are available for the NNF funded project "Universal growth laws of viruses of bacteria" (led by Prof. Mitarai). Scientists with strong mathematical and computational skills in physics/complex systems who has keen interest to extend their skills to understand microbial and viral systems are strongly encouraged to contact Namiko Mitarai for detail.  We also consider a strong experimentalist in the relevant field (microbiology, single-cell experiments of bacteria) if they are open to collaborate closely with and learn the modelling approach. 
  • A PhD fellowship in Algorithm of disease spreading (principle super visor Prof. Kim Sneppen) is available. For application, please follow the link. 


















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Agafonova, Alisa PhD Student   E-mail
Alonso, Albert PhD Fellow +4535325426 E-mail
Brown, Stanley Associate Professor Emeritus   E-mail
Cordero, Mireia PhD Fellow +4535322336 E-mail
Garcia Vazquez, Alba PhD Fellow +4535323684 E-mail
Heltberg, Mathias Spliid Postdoc +4535327500 E-mail
Härter, Jan Olaf Mirko Associate Professor +4593565736 E-mail
Jensen, Mogens Høgh Professor +4535325371 E-mail
Kaneko, Kunihiko Professor +4535326343 E-mail
Kirkegaard, Julius Bier Assistant Professor +4540938516 E-mail
Lucchetti, Alessandra Postdoc +4535337508 E-mail
Mitarai, Namiko Associate Professor +4535325402 E-mail
Nakamura, Yoshiyuki Visiting PhD Student   E-mail
Pham, Minh Tuan Postdoc +4535321218 E-mail
Plugers, Davey Antonino PhD Fellow +4535331604 E-mail
Sneppen, Kim Professor +4535325352 E-mail
Trusina, Ala Associate Professor +4521288647 E-mail
Xu, Xiaochan Guest Researcher +4535326306 E-mail