International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology
|Sprecher||Prof. Dr. Lotte Søgaard-Andersen|
Max-Planck-Institut für Terrestrische Mikrobiologie
06421/178201, Fax: 06421/178209
AGn für Biochemie: Prof. Dr. Lars-Oliver Essen, Prof. Dr. Mohamed A. Marahiel |
Fachgebiet Spezielle Botanik und Mykologie: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kost
Fachgebiet Zellbiologie und Angewandte Botanik: Prof. Dr. Uwe Maier
Fachgebiet Entwicklungsbiologie und Parasitologie: Prof. Dr. Klaus Lingelbach
Fachgebiet Mikrobiologie: Prof. Dr. Erhard Bremer, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Buckel, Prof. Dr. Johann Heider
Fachgebiet Genetik: Prof. Dr. Michael Bölker, Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Mösch, Dr. Björn Sandrock
Institut für Klinische Zytobiologie und Zytopathologie: Prof. Dr. Roland Lill
Max-Planck-Institut für terrestrische Mikrobiologie: Dr. Gesche Braker, Prof. Dr. Andreas Brune, Prof. Dr. Ralf Conrad, Dr. Gunther Döhlemann, PD Dr. Michael Feldbrügge, Prof. Dr. Peter Frenzel, Dr. Penelope I. Higgs, Prof. Dr. Regine Kahmann, PD Dr. Werner Liesack, Dr. Jan Schirawski, Seigo Shima, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Lotte Søgaard-Andersen, Dr. Sonja-Verena Sonja-Verena Albers, Dr. Eva H. Stukenbrock, Dr. Martin Thanbichler, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Rudolf K. Thauer, Dr. Kai Thormann, Dr. Chris van der Does
|Programm||Microorganisms impinge on nearly every aspect of human existence with beneficial or detrimental effects. Life on this planet ultimately depends on the activities of microorganisms as they have pivotal roles in biomass conversion, bioremediation, photosynthesis, and in promoting plant growth. On the other hand, microorganisms are the etiological agents of many human diseases and plant diseases and cause massive economic losses every year. In addition, microorganisms contribute significantly to the production of greenhouse gases such as methan and, thus, contribute to global warming. Microorganisms are omnipresent and hardly a single ecological niche has been recognised, which does not harbour microorganisms. The key to the widespread success of microorganisms is the immense biochemical and physiological diversity among microbial species and the ability of individual microorganisms and microbial communities to adapt to changes in the environment. To reap the benefits of microorganisms in agriculture, bioremediation, and in the biotechnology industry and to combat their detrimental effects it is central to understand how microorganisms function at an integrated level involving ecological, cellular and molecular aspects. This scientific goal can only be reached in a multidisciplinary research approach in which researchers covering the entire spectrum of microbiology from molecule to community join forces. Traditionally, research and training in microbiology focuses either on molecular and cellular aspects or on ecological aspects of microbial function. |
In the International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology in Marburg 30 research groups from the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology and the Philipps-Universität have joined forces to set up a PhD study programme in which cutting-edge research and training are treated in a highly integrated and multidisciplinary fashion by combining ecological, cellular and molecular aspects of microbial activities. The goal of the Research School is to provide the students with a molecular understanding of the cellular processes that allow microbes to compete, adapt and differentiate in their natural environments.
To realize the goals of the Research School, state-of-the-art scientific problems and technologies from molecular microbiology, cellular microbiology and microbial ecology are integrated. The following up to date technologies are covered in the Research School: Molecular genetics, protein structure determination using X-ray crystallography, analytical techniques (e.g. gas chromatography, HPLC, ion chromatography, mass spectrometry), genome sequencing incl. metagenomics, bioinformatics, functional genomics incl. global gene profiling using DNA microarrays and proteomics, live cell imaging, fluorescence microscopy, scanning confocal laser microscopy, electron microscopy, in situ hybridisation, characterization of new microorganisms using stable isotope probing, the whole suite of biogeochemical methods, as well as molecular ecology tools.