• Adaptations to changes

  • Answering fundamental questions by working across disciplines and scales

Research

The variety of topics investigated by scientists at the MPI for Developmental Biology is extensive, although all subjects have a biological theme. 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.

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Facilities

The core facilities of the MPI for Developmental Biology are the Electron Microscopy, Light Microscopy, NMR Spectroscopy, the Genome Center, and the X-Ray Crystallography.

The facilities offer a broad range of methods and techniques and provide a motivating and helpful environment where researchers/users are trained and supported throughout their projects.

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Events

Every other year the institutes of the Tübingen campus invite the general public to their Open House or participate in the TÜFF (Tübinger Fenster für Forschung), a science fair. Scientists participate regularly at events like the „Kinder-Uni“ (Children's University), the Maus-Türöffner-Tag (open house event for children), as well as in presentations and podium discussions hosted by the MPI for Developmental Biology, FML or the partner institutes.

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Mission Statement

Contemporary biology covers an enormous spectrum, from research on basic cellular processes to predictions about global climate change. But this spectrum is not always continuous: while there is abundant evidence that organisms can adapt to their natural environment, it is often not obvious what the underlying genetic, molecular and developmental processes are. Similarly, while we have an increasing appreciation for the complexities of population genetic events, the underlying ecological factors are often unclear. A major difficulty in answering these questions stems from the fact that many of these processes operate on different spatial and temporal scales. At the MPI for Developmental Biology, we aim to bridge these different scales, by studying fundamental aspects of microbial, plant and animal biology both in the laboratory and in natural settings. To this end, we make use of approaches that range from biochemistry, cell and developmental biology to evolutionary and ecological genetics, functional genomics and computational biology.

Our Institute

Our institute conducts basic research on the development and evolution of animals and plants at different organisational levels – from molecules on to the whole organism and up to distinct species. Currently, there are six different research departments each presided by one of the Institute’s directors, as well as several independent research groups, amongst them the active emeritus group of Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard.

Our PhD Programs

Two programs take care of the more than eighty young scientists currently working towards their PhD degree here:

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) “From Molecules to Organisms”  and the International PhD Program in the Biological Sciences.

Information for
Journalists

Here you find all the latest information about the Max Planck Campus Tübingen. We send press releases on a regularly base to inform the media and the broad interested audience about the latest research results and topics. Stay informed about what is happening on Campus and the latest public events.

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Information for
Students

The promotion of young scientists is a very important goal at the MPI for Developmental Biology. In close cooperation with the University of Tübingen about 200 students from all over the world are working at the three Max Planck Institutes and at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory on their theses.

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Information for
the Public

We provide detailed information about the MPI for Developmental Biology, the Max Planck Campus Tübingen, research news, viewpoints, and a broad range of further information for the general public
as well as pupils and teachers.

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