Institutes

Institutes

PhD students will carry out their research work in the laboratory of their advisor.

  • PhD students in the Tübingen International PhD Program may be based at the Max Planck Institute for Biology or the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory.
  • PhD students in the IMPRS ‘From Molecules to Organisms’ may be based in any of the Institutes below depending on the location of the advisor. Next to the Max Planck Institute for Biology or the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory advisors are located at the following Institutes of the University of Tübingen: Interfaculty Institute for Cell Biology, Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine Tübingen, Interfaculty Institute for Cell Biology, Center for Plant Molecular Biology and the the Institute for Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics.

Basic Research at the Forefront of Modern Biology - Max Planck Institute for Biology

Max Planck Institute for Biology

MPI for Biology
The MPI for Biology hosts five main departments currently hosts five departments and three junior research groups that together cover a broad range of disciplines. The cutting-edge technology in molecular and cellular biology and computational science available at the institute is enabling scientists to gain increasing insight into cellular and developmental processes. A highly dynamic and interdisciplinary approach is applied from the molecular level to cells, tissues, and the whole organism. 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.

Friedrich Miescher Laboratory (FML)

Friedrich Miescher Laboratory
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.

Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry (IFIB)

Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry
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 processes dysfunctional in illnesses and stress. Overall, research themes extend from the structural analysis of pathogen-host cell interaction, mRNA localization and translational control, mitochondrial biogenesis, cell death and survival of tumor cells and parasites, to studies of cellular signaling using mouse models.

Interfaculty Institute for Cell Biology (IFIZ)

Interfaculty Institute for Cell Biology
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 Chairs and the Proteome Center Tübingen (PCT). The Chair of Quantitative Proteomics (Maček) develops approaches based on stable isotope labelling and mass spectrometry and applies this technology to a range of biomedical topics such as the influence of point mutations on signal transduction in cancer, influence of the gut microbiome on neuroinflammation in autism-spectrum disorders, and role of bacterial S/T/Y kinases in persistence. The Chair leads the research group Autophagy (Proikas-Cezanne) that focusses on the molecular mechanism of WIPI-mediated autophagy in health, disease and longevity, as well as the Proteome Center Tübingen (Franz-Wachtel) that provides protein analysis service to the Tübingen research community. The topics of interdisciplinary training provided by both interfaculty institutes very much complement that of the MPI and FML.

Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine Tübingen (IMIT)

Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine Tübingen
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 pathogens). The IMIT is central to the Cluster of Excellence “Controlling Microbes to Fight Infections”.

Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP)

Center for Plant Molecular Biology
The ZMPB is a joint cooperation between the Department of Biology and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science of the University of Tübingen. The ZMBP is a leading center for plant molecular research. It hosts several senior and junior research groups that investigate basic cellular and developmental processes in plants. These include the role of small RNAs in development and environmental responses, the role of receptor protein kinases in plant immunity and pathogen recognition, and signal transduction in adaptive responses to environmental stress.

The Institute for Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics (IBMI)

The Institute for Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics
The 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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