The Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology is located on the Campus Lahnberge, which hosts most of the faculties in the natural and life sciences of the Philipps-Universität Marburg. Our close neighbors on the Campus are the Faculties of Biology, Chemistry, Medicine,and Mathematics & Informatics. Also nearby is the recently founded LOEWE Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO), which hosts the Department of Systems and Synthetic Microbiology of the Max Planck Institute and a number of groups of the Philipps-Universität working in the area of quantitative and synthetic microbiology. The research at the Max Planck Institute is particularly closely connected to the Faculties of Biology and Chemistry, as well as to the Faculty of Physics that is located off the campus.
This close proximity of the Max Planck Institute and most of the university faculties, as well as a large number of microbiology groups at both institutions, largely facilitates interactions among both institutions and creates a highly stimulating and interdisciplinary scientific environment for microbiology research that is unique not only in Germany but also worldwide. The broad spectrum of microorganisms studied in Marburg includes bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoa, and microalgae, as well as viruses. These microorganisms are analyzed at all levels including biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, physiology, microbial communities and host-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 at MPI and SYNMIKRO; they cooperate in teaching and hold joint seminars. Several research group leaders at the Max Planck Institute are full or adjunct professors of the Faculties of Biology and Physics and participate in teaching of microbiology, genetics, cell and synthetic biology and biophysics.
Kartengrundlage: Stadtvermessung Marburg; V.-Nr. 003/08