is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany, where he is also Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Dresden. Frank did his undergraduate studies in Stuttgart and Aachen, and received his PhD from the University of Cologne. He held a CNRS research position at the Physico-Chimie Curie, Institut Curie, Paris and habilitated from the University of Paris VII. His research focuses on theoretical approaches to understand dynamic processes in cells and tissues. Work on active cellular processes includes the study of cellular oscillations, the physics of hearing, and cytoskeletal dynamics during cell division, cell motility and tissue development.