Participating Institutes

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (MPI)

The MPI for Developmental Biology hosts six departments and four junior research groups that together cover a broad range of disciplines. Current research interests at the institute address fundamental questions of modern biology at multiple levels of magnification. At the atomic level, we are investigating how protein machines work. At the molecular and subcellular level, we are studying how proteins and nucleic acids cooperate to regulate processes and the effects of their location within the cell. At the tissue level, we are determining how cells interact to produce complex outcomes during development. Finally, at the organism level, we are asking how the naturally occurring interactions among microbes, plants and animals shape their genomes. The institute is therefore uniquely poised to provide interdisciplinary training.

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Friedrich Miescher Laboratory (FML)

The FML is part of the Max Planck Campus and hosts independent junior research laboratories working on different biological topics. These include nuclear envelope assembly and disassembly, homologous recombination during meiosis, pattern formation in vertebrate embryos, and molecular mechanisms influencing adaptive divergence, reproductive isolation and ecological speciation. The groups use a variety of methods in biophysics, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genomics and animal transgenics.

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IFIB
Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry (IFIB)

The IFIB is a joint institute of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tübingen. Key research topics include the role of process dysfunction in causing illnesses and stress. Overall, research themes extend from the structural analysis of pathogen-host cell interaction, mRNA localization and translational control, mitochondrial dynamics, cell death and survival of tumor cells and parasites, to studies of cellular signaling using mouse models.

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IFIZ
Interfaculty Institute for Cell Biology (IFIZ)

The IFIZ is a joint cooperation between the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tübingen. The institute houses three departments and the Proteome Center Tübingen (PCT). In the Department of Molecular Biology, mouse genetics and the control of gene expression by signal transduction cascades are investigated focusing on gene expression regulation and pathological changes in the control of gene expression. The Proteome Center Tübingen (PCT) develops state-of-the-art methodologies in quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics and applies this competence to the investigation of the structure and evolution of signal transduction networks in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The PCT is also providing protein analysis service to the Tübingen research community.

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ZMBP
Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP)

The ZMBP is a leading center for plant molecular research and is affiliated with the Faculty of Science of the University of Tübingen. Scientists at the ZMBP address questions of how plants grow and develop and how they deal with pathogens and hostile conditions such as drought. To this end the Departments of Developmental Genetics, General Genetics, Plant Biochemistry and Plant Physiology tackle topics as varied as 3D-chromatin structure in plants and regulation of leaf senescence. At the atomic level, the Department of Cellular Nanoscience develops and uses state-of-the-art single molecule techniques to learn more about the mechanical aspects of protein-protein interactions. In 2013 the ZMBP moved into brand new purpose-built accommodation.

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ZBIT
Center for Bioinformatics (ZBIT)

The ZBIT is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Tübingen bringing together researchers from several departments of the Faculty of Science (Computer Science, Pharmacy & Biochemistry, Geosciences) and the MPI for Developmental Biology. The ZBIT is one of the five competence centers in bioinformatics established by DFG funding in 2001. Its research covers numerous areas in bioinformatics with a focus on genomics/metagenomics, phylogeny, structural bioinformatics, and systems biology. The bioinformatics curriculum established in Tübingen in 1998 was the first of its kind in Germany.

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