Dr.-Ing. Revathi Appali

Member of the Research Training Group, 15.03.2009 - 14.03.2013, continued as PostDoc
PhD Defence 28.06.2013, Magna Cum Laude

Modeling the coupling of action potential and electrodes

Principle Investigator of DFG project AP 259/1 since 11.2014

Investigation of Electro-mechanical Coupling in Neuronal Membrane - Towards an Electro-mechanical Model of Nerve Pulse Propagation, hit the link!

Research Interests

  • Mathematical modeling of nerve signal generation and propagation
  • Realistic models of biological neural networks for the optimization of neurochips (based on FEM)
  • Modeling and simulation of biological systems ( e.g. brain) for implant studies and their interactions
  • Computational Neuroscience


Journal Papers:

  • LAUTRUP, B., APPALI,R., JACKSON, A. D. and HEIMBURG, T. 2011. The stability of solitons in biomembranes and nerves. European Physical Journal, 34 (6), pp. 57.
  • APPALI, R., PETERSEN, S. and VAN RIENEN, U., 2010. A comparision of Hodgkin-Huxley and soliton neural theories. Advances in Radio Science, 8, pp. 75-79, (doi:10.5194/ars-8-75-2010).

Conferences Papers (Peer-Reviewed):

  • APPALI, R. SRIPERUMBUDUR, K. and VAN RIENEN, U., 2015. 3D Axonal Network Coupled to Microelectrode Arrays: A Simulation Model to Study Neuronal Dynamics. 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), August 2015, Milano, Italy, accepted.
  • APPALI, R., SCHMIDT, C. and van RIENEN, U., 2013. Some Uncertainty Aspects in Models for Neural Engineering. International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 9-13 Sept. 2013, Torino, Italy, pp. 289-292, DOI 10.1109/ICEAA.2013.6632239.
  • APPALI, R., PETERSEN, S., GIMSA, J. and VAN RIENEN, U. 2010. Thermodynamic Theory of Nerve Signal Propagation and First Simulation of Soliton Model, Biomedical Engineering, 55 (1), pp. 186–189 (ISSN (Online) 1862-278X, ISSN (Print) 0013-5585, DOI: 10.1515/BMT.2010.712).
  • VAN RIENEN, U., APPALI, R., BADER, R., BAUMANN, W., BECK, U., BEHREND, D., BENECKE, R., BIALA, K., BIRKHOLZ, H., BURKEL, E., ENGEL, G., GIMSA, J., GIMSA, U., GONGADZE, E., GRÜNBAUM, A., HABA, Y., LIESE, F., LIU, B., LÜDER, M., MATSCHEGEWSKI, C. and MITTELMEIER, W., MIX, E., NEBE, J.B., NOWAK, K.A., PAHNKE, J., PAU, H.W., PAULEWEIT, S., PETERSEN, S., POLNICK, S., REIMER, T., ROTT, G., SALOMON, R., VINTER, E., WEIHE, T., and WOLKENHAUER, O., 2010. Analysis and Simulation of Electrical Interactions of Implants with Biosystems, Biomedical Engineering, 55, (1), pp.167–170, 2010, ISSN (Online) 1862 -278X, ISSN (Print) 0013-5585, DOI: 10.1515/BMT.2010.543.
  • APPALI, R., PETERSEN, S., GIMSA, J. & VAN RIENEN, U., 2009. 3D-Simulation of Action Potential Propagation in a Squid Giant Axon. In COMSOL Conference,Bangalore, India, pp. 1–6. 

Book Chapters:

  • APPALI, R., LAUTRUP, B., HEIMBURG, T. & VAN RIENEN, U., 2012. Soliton Collision in Biomembranes and Nerves-A Stability Study. In B. Michielsen & J. R. Poirier, eds. Scientific Computing in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics in Industry. Springer, pp. 205–212.
  • APPALI, R., VAN RIENEN, U. & HEIMBURG, T., 2012. A Comparison of the Hodgkin-Huxley Model and the Soliton Theory for the Action Potential in Nerves. Advances in Planar Lipid Bilayers and Liposomes, 16, pp.275–299.


  • TAVANGARIAN, D., VERSICK, D., GLADISCH, A., SCHRÖDER, B., FISCHER, M., SCHMELING, K., VAN RIENEN, U. & APPALI, R., 2014. Communication Systems in Aircraft with IEEE 802.11ac EMF Effects of IEEE 802.11ac for In-Flight Communication Systems D. Tavangarian, ed., University of Rostock.

Magazine Articles:

  • APPALI, R., BADSTÜBNER, K., GRÜNBAUM, A., KRÖGER, T., NISSEN, M., REIMER, T., SCHMIDT, C., WARMUTH, R., BAUMANN, W., BENECKER, R., GIMSA, J., GIMSA, U., MIX, E., PAU, H.W., VAN RIENEN, U., SALAMON, R., & WEBER, I., 2012. Implantate zur Stimulation des Hörnervs und des tiefen Hirns. Traditio et Innovatio, Forschungsmagazin der Universität Rostock, ISSN 1432-1513 (Heft 2), pp.19-25.
  • APPALI, R., 2011. Zwischen Rostock und Kopenhagen. Profile – Das Magazin der Universität Rostock, ISSN: 1866-1440, pp. 50-51.