Dr. Christian L. Müller

Christian L. Müller

Christian Lorenz Müller joined the MOSAIC group as PhD student in August 2006. He is a German citizen, born in 1979 in Schesslitz near Bamberg, Germany. He finished his PhD in December 2010 and obtained his doctorate from ETH Zurich. From January 2011 until June 2012, Christian was a postdoctoral researcher in the MOSAIC Group. After leaving the MOSAIC Group, Christian became a postdoctoral researcher at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at New York University in New York City, USA. In September 2014, Christian became a research scientist at the Simons Center for Data Analysis in New York City, where he also became a project leader within the Flatiron Institute in 2016. Since 2019, Christian is a tenured full Professor of Biomedical Statistics and Data Science at Department of Statistics at LMU München, where he is also a Research Group Leader at the Helmholtz Institute of Computational Biology and, in parallel, maintains his research group in New York with the Simons Foundation.

In 1999 Christian started studying Bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen. During 2003-2004 Christan continued his studies at the University of Uppsala and majored in Image Analysis and Scientific Computing. He holds an M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Uppsala. In 2004 Christian returned to Tübingen and completed his Bioinformatics studies, leading to a Diploma degree in Bioinformatics/Computer Science in 2006. In parallel, Christian studied poetry at the Studio Literatur und Theater Tübingen. He received the certificate of the Studio in July 2005 after writing the poem collection "die erde dreht sich zu laut - gedichte von der schwedischen oberfläche".

In 2001 and 2002 Christian was a member of the Robocup Attempto Team Tübingen, working on image processing and robot camera calibration. Under the supervision of Bernhard Müller at the Division of Scientific Computing, University of Uppsala, he carried out his Master's thesis in the field of Computational Aeroacoustics. In his thesis, he implemented and validated a 2D numerical model for sound propagation in the atmosphere based on the linearized Euler equations (2004). During 2005-2006 Christian joined the section "Engineering Integrated Circuits, Tools, Technology and Methods" of the Automotive Electronics divison (AE/EIM) of the Robert Bosch Group in Reutlingen, Germany. Besides his work on the speed-up of computer co-simulations of electrical and mechanical systems, he conducted his Diploma thesis in Bioinformatics, analyzing parameter sensitivities of analog and behavioral Neuro-Fuzzy networks. This thesis has been supervised by Rolando Dölling, Robert Bosch Group, and Wolfgang Rosenstiel and Hanspeter A. Mallot from the University of Tübingen.

Christian's PhD research at the MOSAIC Group included the development of bio-inspired black-box algorithms for optimization and sensitivity analysis, and their application to conformational spaces and energy landscapes of atomic clusters and biopolymers, such as proteins. His postdoctoral research in the MOSAIC Group continued this theme and additionally studied the theoretical convergence properties of the involved algorithms. Christian was involved in the EU FP-7 project "Computational Geometric Learning", which he co-authored.

PhD Thesis

C. L. Müller. Black-box Landscapes: Characterization, Optimization, Sampling, and Application to Geometric Configuration Problems. PhD thesis, Diss. ETH No. 19438, MOSAIC Group, ETH Zürich, 2010. (PDF)