Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology

Gokhale, Chaitanya (Prof. Dr.)

Prof. Dr. Chaitanya Gokhale

Professor for Theoretical Biology

Campus Hubland Nord, building 32 (Klara-Oppenheimer-Weg)

Universität Würzburg

97074 Würzburg

Phone: 0931/31-84126




Hello! My name is Chaitanya and I am heading the group on Theoretical Biology at the CCTB

You can learn more about me and my research in the university's online magazine: From Cells to Societies

Research in my group spans levels of organization - from subcellular entities to societies. I am interested in elucidating the associations and interactions that power the emergent complexity at multiple scales. My focus is on eco-evolutionary processes within and between the valuable but amorphous organization of hierarchies of organization. My group members utilize the toolbox of theoretical biology while simultaneously developing it further. With "Insight preceding application" (Max Planck), we then eventually deploy our knowledge into action via translational programs.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2023


Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology (CCTB), University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

Since 2016

Group Leader

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

2014 - 2016

Post doctoral researcher

New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

2011 - 2014

Post doctoral researcher

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany


PhD in Natural Sciences

Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Thesis: "Evolutionary dynamics on multi-dimensional fitness landscapes"


Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Sikkim Manipal University of Health Medical and Technological Sciences, National Center for Biological Science, Bangalore, India

Thesis: "Ab initio calculations in the HGPRT active site and the analysis of select mutations"


Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Biotechnology

Fergusson College, Pune, India