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? 

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

2016          Research internships at the UNSW in Sydney, Australia (black holes and neutrino condensates, stellar spectra) 



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)

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, (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, Phys. Rev. A, 89, 064301, (2014)