Dr. Arren Bar-Even has opened a new research group at the Institute in January 2015. His group - Systems and Synthetic Metabolism - will be studying the biochemical logic and design principles of metabolic pathways and their applications to metabolic engineering of microbes.
In the video series „Pimp your brain!“ scientists explain techniques they use in the labs and what simple but genius ideas are hiding behind complicated science terms.
Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, curly kale or turnip greens, look really different, but are actually very closely related. This "pimp your brain" episode explains how this diversity evolved and which part of the plant we eat.
The research within Prof. Lothar Willmitzer's department is focused on metabolism in its broadest sense, primarily using reverse genetics to alter plants and functional genomic approaches to analyse the pleiotropic effects of these alterations.
The department of Prof. Mark Stitt studies a wide set of physiological processes involved in orchestrating photosynthetic carbon metabolism, nitrogen and phosphate utilisation, growth, and storage. Systems biology will be emphasised and forward and reverse genetic tools will often be used.
Prof. Ralph Bock and his department focus on plant cell organelles (plastids and mitochondria), their physiology and gene expression as well as their metabolic and genetic interactions with the nucleo-cytosolic compartment.
The MPG continually supports up to three Independent Research Groups in our institute, each for a period of five to six years. Highly competitive young scientists lead these groups, which operate outside of the departmental structure of the Institute.