Key Protein identified that regulated N-terminal acetylation in plants

22/6/22 Proteins are existential building blocks of life that also have numerous functions in plants. An average plant cell contains more than 20 billion protein molecules that maintain cellular metabolism and stabilise their structure. [...]

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.

The centres are also involved in science outreach activities, like the lecture series: 'Survival Strategies' (in German). More info

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 30.06.2022 / 3rd funding period)

Prof. Dr. Jan Lohmann

Center for Organismal Studies (COS)

SFB 1036

Cellular Surveillance and Damage Response

(ends 30.06.2021 / phase out financing)

Prof. Dr. Bernd Bukau

Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH)

SFB 1129

Integrative Analysis of Pathogen Replication and Spread

(ends 30.06.2022 / 2nd 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

(ended 31.12.2019)

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
ends 30.06.2023 / 2nd funding period)

Prof. Dr. Rohini Kuner,

Institute of Pharmacology

SFB 1324

Mechanisms and functions of WnT signaling

(ends 30.06.2025 / 2nd funding period)

Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros

Medical Faculty Mannheim

SFB 1366

Vas­cular Control of Organ Function

(ends 31.12.2022 / 1st funding period)

Prof. Dr. Helmut Augustin

Medical Faculty Mannheim


Molecular Architecture and Cellular Functions of Lipid/Protein Assemblies

(ends 2021 / 3rd 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

ends 2024 / 2nd 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

ends 2024 / 2nd funding period)

Prof. Dr. Walter Nickel,

Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center

Participation of Heidelberg University:

SFB 1101
Molecular Encoding of Specificity in Plant Processes
(ends 2021 / 2nd 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
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, 2nd funding period granted))
Prof. Dr. Sergij Goerdt
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology (Ger)