How Switches Work in Bacteria

14/10/2017 Many bacteria have molecular control elements, via which they can switch on and off genes. These riboswitches also open up new options in the development of antibiotics or for the detection and decomposition of environmental toxins. Prof. Dr. Andres Jäschke of the IPMB together with researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Freie Universität Berlin have now used light optical microscopy of single molecules to fundamentally study the way riboswitches work. [...]

Collaborative Research Networks & Training Grants

Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) are DFG-funded long-term research networks, established for up to 12 years, in which researchers work together within a multidisciplinary research programme.  They consist of 10 to 20 projects that are headed by principle investigators of one or several Universities and their partners at non-university research institutions. 

For general informations see the DFG.

Specific programs in which members of the Faculty of Biosciences participate are listed below:

Collaborative Research Centre

Spokesperson / Institute

SFB 873

Maintenance and Differentiation of Stem Cells in Development und Disease

(ends 30.6.2018 / 2nd funding period)

Prof. Dr. Jan Lohmann

Center for Organismal Studies (COS)

SFB 1036

Cellular Surveillance and Damage Response

(ends 30.06.2020 / 2nd funding period)

Prof. Dr. Bernd Bukau

Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH)

SFB 1129

Integrative Analysis of Pathogen Replication and Spread

(ends 30.06.2018 / 1st funding period)

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kräusslich

Heidelberg University Hospital

SFB 1134

Functional ensembles: cellular components, patterned activity and plasticity of co-active neurons in local networks

(ends 31.12.2018 / 1st funding period)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Draguhn,

Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology

SFB 1158

From Nociception to Chronic Pain: Structure-function Properties of Neural Pathways and Their Reorganisation

(ends 30.06.2019 / 1st funding period)

Prof. Dr. Rohini Kuner,

Institute of Pharmacology

SFB 1324

Mechanisms and functions of WnT signaling

(ends 30.06.2021 / 1st funding period)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Holstein,

Center for Organismal Studies (COS)


Vascular Differentiation and Remodeling

(ends 30.06.2017 / 3rd funding period)

Prof. Dr. Hellmut G. Augustin

Centre for Biomedicine and Medical Technology Mannheim (CBTM)


Molecular Architecture and Cellular Functions of Lipid/Protein Assemblies

(ends 31.12.2017 / 2nd funding period)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Söllner

Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center


Determinants and Dynamics of Elimination versus Persistence of Hepatitis Virus Infection

(ends 30.06.2020 / 1st funding period)

Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager,

Heidelberg University Hospital, Molecular Virology Department


Molecular Switches in the Spacio-temporal Control of Cellular Signal Transmission

(ends 30.06.2020 / 1st funding period)

Prof. Dr. Walter Nickel,

Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center

Participation of Heidelberg University:

SFB 1101
Molecular Encoding of Specificity in Plant Processes
(ends 31.12.2017/1st funding period)
Tübingen University / Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg (COS)


DFG Research Training Groups (RTG/GRK in German) are established by universities to promote young researchers and are funded for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and therefore follow a structured training strategy. At the moment the Faculty of Biosciences participates in two RTGs:


Participation in RTG/GRK:

Spokesperson / Institute

GRK 1874
Diabetic Microvascular Complications (DIAMICOM)
(ends 31.12.2021 / 2nd funding period)

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Hammes
V. University Hospital (Ger), Medical Faculty Mannheim
GRK 2099
Hallmarks of Skin Cancer: Cancer Cell Dissemination, Primary Resistance, Novel Targets
(ends 30.09.2019 / 1st funding period)
Prof. Dr. Sergij Goerdt
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology (Ger)