IMPRS students are encouraged to formulate innovative and exciting research projects and to consider multiple approaches to their research question. To enable this, they have access to the specialized technological platforms, state-of-the-art facilities and specific methodological expertise supplied across the participating institutes. Of course, each individual group within the IMPRS is very well equipped and provides an excellent home base for PhD research.

Specialized facilities include:

  • Genome Center (MPI): This facility is equipped with two Illumina instruments for next generation sequencing and a Pacbio long-read sequencer, along with various devices for sequencing library generation; it also hosts an ABI capillary sequencer. 
  • Proteome Center (PCT, at IFIZ): The Proteome Center is equipped with three high accuracy Orbitrap mass spectrometers and provides comprehensive proteomic support to research groups both at the University and at the MPI.
  • NMR spectroscopy facility (MPI): This platform is equipped with a 600 and a 800MHz spectrometers (MPI) and provides extensive training and experimental support to IMPRS students.
  • X-ray crystallography (MPI, IFIB): Both the MPI and the University of Tübingen have made significant investments for enhanced competence in X-ray crystallography and share the infrastructure (crystallization robot, MPI; X-ray generator, IFIB).
  • High-performance computing facilities (ZBIT, MPI): large computer clusters with a total of 2000 CPU cores and hundreds of TB of storage.
  • Light microscopy core facilities are located at the ZMBP and MPI/FML. They offer access to a variety of advanced light microscopy techniques such as confocal microscopy, 2-photon microscopy or fluorescence lifetime imaging. They also offer instrument training and support scientists in experiment design, image processing and other imaging related issues.
  • Advanced microscopy techniques including fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and single particle tracking (IFIB); single molecule fluorescence imaging and use of high-resolution optical tweezers (ZMBP).
  • Electron microscopy (MPI): The lab is equipped with a transmission electron microscope and a scanning electron microscope, and provides experimental support for various sample preparation techniques for structural and cellular biology; a new transmission electron microscope dedicated to cryo-EM will be installed in 2018.
  • Light, temperature and humidity controlled plant growth facilities (ZMBP, MPI).
  • Animal facilities such as for antibody production (IFIZ, IFIB, MPI) and mouse and fish transgenics (IFIZ, MPI).
  • Flow cytometry facilities (ZMBP).
  • IT support: access to the internet and email, and installation of basic and specific software on personal computers.