Research at the frontiers of modern biology
The Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen
Basic research at the Max Planck Institute of Biology Tübingen addresses key questions in the biology of microbes, algae, plants and animals, including interactions between organisms.
Research methods range from biochemistry, cell and developmental biology to evolutionary and ecological genetics, functional genomics and bioinformatics. The Institute has currently five active departments: Protein Evolution (Andrei Lupas), Microbiome Research (Ruth Ley), Integrative Evolutionary Biology (Ralf Sommer), Algal Development and Evolution (Susana Coelho), and Molecular Biology (Detlef Weigel).
Lively research with young junior research groups
In addition, there are three independent research groups outside the departments that extend and complement the science in the divisions. Our research is supported by several central facilities, each equipped with state-of-the-art instruments.
A close connection exists with the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory as an independent institution of the Max Planck Society with four independent research groups.