Participating Institutes

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (MPI)

The MPI for Developmental Biology hosts six main departments plus smaller 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 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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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. A new building for the IFIB is currently under construction and should be ready in 2019.

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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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Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine Tübingen (IMIT)

The IMIT was founded in 2009, merging the Institute for Microbiology (Faculty of Science) and the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene (Faculty of Medicine) and is the first institute of its kind in Germany. Core research areas at the IMIT include microbial physiology (particularly research on microbial growth, adaptations and maintenance of viability), antimicrobial agents (particularly the biosynthesis and mechanisms of action of novel natural product antibiotics) and the biology/medicine of bacterial infections (particularly pathogenicity and microbiome colonization by bacterial pathogenes). The IMIT is central to the Cluster of Excellence “Controlling Microbes to Fight Infections”.

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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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The Institute for Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics (IBMI)

The Institute for Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics (IBMI) at the University of Tübingen brings together all research groups whose focus is on bioinformatics or medical informatics. The IBMI is a joint institute of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine and tightly connected to the University Hospital, the local Max Planck Institutes, and the Cyber Valley. Research at the IBMI covers a broad spectrum of topics from Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics, and comprises both the development of new methods and their application to problems in the corresponding research domains. Bioinformatics research especially covers genomics/metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, immunomics, phylogeny, structural bioinformatics, and systems biology. Established in 1998, the bioinformatics curriculum at University of Tübingen was the first of its kind in Germany.

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