The Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology is located on the University Campus Lahnberge, which hosts most of the faculties in the natural and life sciences of the Philipps-Universität. Our closest neighbor on the Campus Lahnberge is the Faculty of Biology, across the street from the institute. Within the Faculty of Biology, we collaborate particularly with the departments of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Microbiology. A little further away is the Faculty of Chemistry. Within this faculty, we collaborate mainly with the Department of Biochemistry. The Faculty of Mathematics & Informatics is also located close to the institute and here we collaborate with researchers in bioinformatics and modeling of biological systems.
Starting in 2010, the LOEWE Research Center for Synthetic Microbiology, combining researchers and their expertise from the institute and the university, will be established in a new building close to the Max Planck Institute.
Kartengrundlage: Stadtvermessung Marburg; V.-Nr. 003/08
The close proximity of the Max Planck Institute and the university faculties creates a very stimulating and interdisciplinary scientific environment, providing microbiological research in Marburg a unique breadth and strength. The microorganisms studied in the Marburger microbiology community include bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoa, and microalgae, as well as viruses. These microorganisms are analyzed at all levels from the atomic/structural level, the molecular and cellular level, and biochemistry/physiology to the microbial community level and plant-microbe interactions. The research groups at the Max Planck Institute and at the university enjoy mutually stimulating scientific collaborations in state-of-the-art research laboratories with state-of-the-art scientific facilities; they cooperate in teaching, hold joint seminars, and share their libraries.
Several research group leaders at the Max Planck Institute are full or adjunct professors of the Faculty of Biology and participate in teaching of microbiology and genetics. Moreover, most post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students also participate in teaching laboratory courses in microbiology and genetics.