Gesa Grüning

Gesa Grüning
PhD Student

Universität Oldenburg
Institut für Physik
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 9-11
26129 Oldenburg, Germany


Room: W16 A 1-116

Phone: (+49) 0441-798 3635


Picture: ©Präsentationstechnik Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg


2011-2015   Bachelor of Science in Physics at Heidelberg University 

                      Bachlor thesis topic: Is life possible on giant planets?

2015-2018   Master of Science in Physics at Heidelberg University

                      Master thesis topic: Are neutron-capture processes different in old and in new stars? 


Short term research stays abroad

2013, July-October                              Research internship at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile (quantum information)

2016, March-July                                 Research internship at the UNSW in Sydney, Australia (black holes and neutrino condensates) 

2016, September-December             Research internship at the UNSW in Sydney, Australia (stellar spectra) 

2023, June                                             Lab visit at the University of Oxford, UK (experimental measurements on cryptochromes and spin chemistry)



PhD project: Spin relaxation in European robin cryptochrome (ErCry4)

Goal: Helping to understand how migratory birds can see the Earth's magnetic field by creating a computational model of spin relaxation in cryptochrome proteins which links the different spatial scales of the electron spin and its relaxation channels (interactions of electron spins, atoms, radical pairs, proteins).

Part of the SFB 1372 Sig05 "Structural and dynamical traits of avian cryptochromes"

Other interests: Spin relaxation in other systems (e.g. a lipid bilayer) 


Conferences (selected)

20.-25.08.2023       23rd International Society of Magnetic Resonance Conference (ISMAR 2023), Brisbane, Australia (talk)

13.01.2023             14th North German Biophysics meeting, Borstel, Germany (talk)

22.09.2022             12th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB 2022), Heidelberg, Germany (talk)

27.08.-03.09.2022  Spinchemistry meeting, Evanston, USA (poster)

09.-11.05.2022       Quantum birds, Oxford, UK (attendance) 

08.-09.04.2022       Hünfeld - Workshop on Computer Simulation and Theory of Macromolecules, Hünfeld, Germany (poster prize, chairing                                                            some sessions)

18.-22.10.2021      The Sixth International Conference "Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale" and the Tenth International Symposium "Atomic                                               Cluster Collisions" (DySoN-ISACC 2021), Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy (short talk)

25.08.2021             Topical Meeting on Molecular Dynamics V, Copenhagen, Denmark (poster)

23.-24.04.2021      Hünfeld - Workshop on Computer Simulation and Theory of Macromolecules, online (poster)



Effects of Dynamical Degrees of Freedom on Magnetic Compass Sensitivity: A Comparison of Plant and Avian Cryptochromes, Gesa Grüning, Siu Ying Wong, Luca Gerhards, Fabian Schuhmann, Daniel R. Kattnig, P. J. Hore, Ilia A. Solov'yov, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 144, 22902-22914, (2022)
Navigation of migratory songbirds: a quantum magnetic compass sensor, Siu Ying Wong, Anders Frederiksen, Maja Hanić, Fabian Schuhmann, Gesa Grüning, P. J. Hore, Ilia A. Solov'yov, Neuroforum, 27, 141-150, (2021)
Entanglement swapping for X states demands threshold values, Luis Roa, Ariana Mu\tildenoz, Gesa Grüning, Physical Review A, 89, 064301, (2014)