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The analysis of the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of plant metabolism, as well as the signaling pathways of cellular communication, is the research focus of the Institute of Biochemistry. In this regard, both intra- and interorganismic interactions are studied by means of molecular physiological and phytopathological methods. Furthermore, biotechnological approaches to improve agricultural crops are being investigated.

Website of the Biochemistry Division (German)

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Our lab develops and uses computational approaches to understand the biology of gene regulation.

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Website of the Bioinformatics Professorship

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The research interests of the Biotechnology Division emphasize the general area of structural biology, using crystallographic and computational approaches.

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The Computational Biology Group focuses on the structure, dynamics, and function of biological membrane mimics, including e.g. lipid-protein interactions, membrane (nano-)domain formation, and (membrane) protein oligomerization studied both in atomistic and coarse-grained  molecular dynamics simulations (Biological Membrane Biophysics).

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Our research is concerned with the molecular and genetic mechanisms that control the development of embryos, tissues, and germ cells. We concentrate on the processes involved in pattern formation in embryonic ectoderm and mesoderm, embryonic axis formation, muscle development and differentiation, heart development, organogenesis, germ and stem cell development, and tissue polarity. An additional aspect of interest is the evolutionary conservation and modification of these developmental processes.

Website of the Developmental Biology Division

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The regulation of the humoral and innate immune responses is the focus of research at the Institute of Genetics. In addition to the analysis of the development, maturation and activation of B-lymphocytes, genetic dysregulations that can lead to the onset of autoimmune diseases are primarily investigated. Furthermore, the molecular basis for the development of haematopoietic neoplasms (leukaemia and lymphoma) are studied.

Website of the Genetics Division (German)

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Our group is using and developing methods of statistical physics to address exciting problems in biology and medicine. We are a part of the newly established, interdisciplinary “Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin” in Erlangen.

Website of the Mathematics in Life Sciences Division

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At the Division of Microbiology, a wide variety of Gram-negative bacteria are being investigated. The emphasis is on the study of the host-pathogen interactions of Helicobacter pylori and Campylobacter jejuni.

Website of the Microbiology Division

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Our research interests span different aspects of molecular microbiology from biotechnological applications, host-pathogen interactions and systems biology to synthetic biology approaches. We, therefore, use a wide variety of microbiological, biochemical, and molecular and cell biological techniques. Our main interests of investigation are not only Gram-positive bacteria of the genus Corynebacterium but also other species such as Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus.

Website of the Microbiology Professorship

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  • The molecular components and mechanisms of the intercellular transport of ions and metabolites via transport proteins, channels and plasmodesmata, as well as intracellular transport through endomembranes (basic and applied research)
  • Mechanisms and regulation of long-distance transport and distribution of assimilates between source and sink (basic and applied research)
  • Phytohormones and signal molecules in plant development
  • Molecular systematics
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Website of the Molecular Plant Physiology Division (German)

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Research at the Division of Pharmaceutical Biology focuses on the analysis and biosynthesis of plant natural products. Using chemical and biochemical methods, product generation and the evolution of metabolic pathways are investigated. Technical applications of plant enzymes are also being explored.

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As neurobiologists, we are concerned with the physiology and pathophysiology of nerve cells and their synapses in the central nervous system of vertebrates with emphasis on the study of the mammalian retina.

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The Division of Cell Biology examines the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the detection and intracellular processing of signals (light, gravity, and polarity). Studied are experimental systems that encompass a broad spectrum of evolutionary development: photosynthetic protists, green algae, mosses, and vascular plants.

Website of the Cell Biology Division (German/English)