How Cells Assemble Their Skeleton

15/01/20 Microtubules, filamentous structures within the cell, are required for many important processes, including cell division and intracellular transport. A research team led by scientists from our faculty recently discovered how the spiral-shaped, modular microtubules are formed and how their formation is controlled. [...]

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 30.06.2020 / 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 30.06.2022 / 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

(ends 31.12.2019 / 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
ends 30.06.2023 / 2nd funding period)

Prof. Dr. Rohini Kuner,

Institute of Pharmacology

SFB 1324

Mechanisms and functions of WnT signaling

(ends 30.06.2021 / 1st funding period)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Holstein,

Center for Organismal Studies (COS)

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)

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 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)