Niko Komin, Science Journalist

Niko Komin
Niko Komin, PhD, Theoretical Physicist, Science Journalist
Email: nkomin ATT snafu D0T de
Twitter: kokemikal
Languages: DEU ENG ESP
Founder and author of Laika und Freunde (German)
Water flea schematics (N. Komin Master's thesis)
Schematic view of a moving water flea. (Niko Komin, Master’s thesis)

Niko Komin studied theoretical physics in Berlin. He worked at the interface between physics, biology and medicine, mostly with a strong take on computational methods.

For his master thesis Niko looked at the seemingly random motion of water fleas. His PhD thesis investigates the circadian rhythm, drug absorption mechanisms and so-called phase transitions: big changes due to small perturbations. As a postdoctoral researcher Niko modelled organ regrowth and the details of brain energy supply. More details and relevant links are below.

Scientific research is an important part of the modern world. Niko is convinced that the communication between science and society is a key to prosperity of both. Knowledge is power, transparency creates trust. With this in mind he founded the website “Laika und Freunde” in 2017.

since 2018

  • science blogger
  • science journalist
  • proofreading and editing

2013 – 2017

  • research associate with Alexander Skupin at LCSB (Belval, Luxembourg)
  • visiting scientist with Mark Ellisman at UCSD (San Diego, California)
  • research topics: brain energy metabolism, mitochondria, neurodegenerative diseases, image processing

2011 – 2012

  • scientific employee with Tobias Preusser at Fraunhofer MEVIS (Bremen, Germany)
  • research topics: tumour and organ growth, blood circulation in capillaries

2005 – 2010

1997 – 2004

peer reviewed publications