Research overview - departments, research areas and group leaders

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Research overview

The mission of the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology is to understand how microorganisms function at the molecular, cellular, and community levels. In particular, we aim to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the metabolic diversity of microorganisms, their ability to adapt and differentiate in response to changes in the environment, the mechanisms involved in cell cycle regulation and cell polarity as well as the biogeochemical processes involved in the exchange of climatically relevant trace gases. These analyses include all levels of microbial functions from the atomic/structural level, the genomic, molecular and cellular levels, biochemistry/physiology to the microbial community level and plant–microbe interactions.

Research at the institute is carried out in four departments. In addition the institute hosts two Max Planck Research Groups, one Emmy Noether Research Group, four department-independent research group, two Emeritus groups, and one Max Planck Fellow.

Departments

Department of Biochemistry and Synthetic Metabolism

Understanding and Building Metabolism

Dr. T. Erb
(Director)

Understanding and Building Metabolism [more]

Department of Ecophysiology

Bacterial adaption and differentiation

Prof. Dr. L. Søgaard-Andersen
(Director)

Bacterial adaption and differentiation [more]
The intracellular organization and differentiation of bacteria

S. Ringgaard, Ph.D.
(Research Group Leader)

The intracellular organization and differentiation of bacteria [more]

Department of Organismic Interactions

Molecular phytopathology

Prof. Dr. R. Kahmann
(Director)

Molecular phytopathology [more]

Department of Systems and Synthetic Microbiology

Department-independent groups

Max Planck Research Groups


Emmy Noether Research Groups

Dynamic Control of Metabolic Networks

Dr. H. Link
(Emmy Noether Research Group Leader)

Dynamic Control of Metabolic Networks [more]

Research Groups

Insect gut microbiology and symbiosis

Prof. Dr. A. Brune
(Research Group Leader)

Insect gut microbiology and symbiosis [more]
Methanotrophic bacteria, and environmental genomics/transcriptomics

PD Dr. W. Liesack
(Research Group Leader)

Methanotrophic bacteria, and environmental genomics/transcriptomics [more]

Max Planck Fellow

 
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