Niko Komin, Science Journalist

Niko Komin
Niko Komin, PhD, Theoretical Physicist, Science Journalist
Email: nkomin ATT snafu D0T de
Twitter: kokemikal
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 and worked at the interface of physics with biology and medicine, always with a strong take on computational methods. Science 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.

His master thesis looked at the seemingly random motion of water fleas, his PhD thesis investigated 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.

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

2005 – 2010

1997 – 2004

peer reviewed publications