Directors

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Professor Dr George Coupland, FRS
Director
Phone:+49 221 5062 205Fax:+49 221 5062 207
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Professor Dr Paul Schulze-Lefert
Director
Phone:+49 221 5062 350Fax:+49 221 5062 353
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Professor Dr Miltos Tsiantis
Director
Phone:+49 221 5062 105Fax:+49 221 5062 107

Scientific Departments

Scientific Departments

<p>The primary scientific goal of the Department of Plant Developmental Biology is to study molecular mechanisms that regulate the responsiveness of plant development to environmental cues. In particular, a strong emphasis is placed on understanding the mechanisms controlling the transition to flowering in response to environmental signals and in explaining the diversity in flowering responses observed between species.</p>

Department of Plant Developmental Biology (Director: George Coupland)

The primary scientific goal of the Department of Plant Developmental Biology is to study molecular mechanisms that regulate the responsiveness of plant development to environmental cues. In particular, a strong emphasis is placed on understanding the mechanisms controlling the transition to flowering in response to environmental signals and in explaining the diversity in flowering responses observed between species.

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The Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics was officially closed on 31 January 2016 with the retirement of Prof. Koornneef.

Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics (Maarten Koornneef)

The Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics was officially closed on 31 January 2016 with the retirement of Prof. Koornneef. [more]
<p>Research in the Department of Plant Microbe Interactions engages in fundamental molecular processes underlying interactions between plants and pathogenic or beneficial microorganisms. The plant innate immune system, mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and principles determining the assembly and functions of beneficial plant-associated microbial communities have a central role in our discovery programme.</p>

Department of Plant Microbe Interactions (Director: Paul Schulze-Lefert)

Research in the Department of Plant Microbe Interactions engages in fundamental molecular processes underlying interactions between plants and pathogenic or beneficial microorganisms. The plant innate immune system, mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and principles determining the assembly and functions of beneficial plant-associated microbial communities have a central role in our discovery programme.

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<p>We seek to address two fundamental questions in biology: how do biological forms develop and what is the basis for their diversity? To address these questions we first aim to elucidate how genotypes are translated into organismal forms through the process of morphogenesis. Secondly, we seek to conceptualize how the balance of conservation versus divergence in morphogenetic regulatory networks yields different organismal forms during evolution. We approach these problems using genetics, while also employing biological imaging, genomics and computational modelling. We believe that working at the interface of these areas will allow us to attain a predictive understanding of how biological forms develop and diversify.</p>

Department of Comparative Development and Genetics (Director: Miltos Tsiantis)

We seek to address two fundamental questions in biology: how do biological forms develop and what is the basis for their diversity? To address these questions we first aim to elucidate how genotypes are translated into organismal forms through the process of morphogenesis. Secondly, we seek to conceptualize how the balance of conservation versus divergence in morphogenetic regulatory networks yields different organismal forms during evolution. We approach these problems using genetics, while also employing biological imaging, genomics and computational modelling. We believe that working at the interface of these areas will allow us to attain a predictive understanding of how biological forms develop and diversify.

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