The MPI-MP supports so called Infrastructure Groups and Service Units. The leaders of these groups provide support within their areas of expertise for other institute scientists while most of them simultaneously run their own research programmes.
The “Applied Metabolome Analysis” research group of Dr. Joachim Kopka provides gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) based metabolite profiling technologies to scientists of the MPIMP and to cooperating external partner groups. In 1998 Dr. Joachim Kopka co-initiated the application of the multi-parallel GC-MS based profiling technology in the metabolomic field at the MPI-MP and at the Metanomics GmbH & CoKG.
The mission of Dr. Mark Aurel Schöttler's central infrastructure group “Biophysics and Photosynthesis” is to support photosynthesis-related measurements in the institute. To this end, the group offers gas exchange and chlorophyll-a fluorescence measurements as routine service techniques.
The Bioinformatics group supports the experimental research activities at the institute by applying and developing bioinformatics methods and algorithms for the analyses of complex datasets. The rapid advancement and broad adoption of novel sequencing technologies has moved genomics research questions into the focus of our collaborative and our own research activities. In addition, the group pursues research questions in the field of Structural Bioinformatics and develops databases, bioinformatics software and data management solutions.
The group of Dr. Arun Sampathkumar is a central infrastructure group that provides researchers within the institute, with access to advanced imaging platform, as well as assists them in meeting the different cell biological needs of the project. Apart from this, the group uses interdisciplinary approaches associating biology to physics, to decipher biosynthetic and regulatory aspects of plant cell walls.
The infrastructure group of Dr. Karin Köhl develops and uses reproducible and efficient methods for plant cultivation in controlled environments and the field and performs routine transformations for Arabidopsis and Solanaceae as a service to the entire institute. The scientific work concentrates on abiotic stress tolerance especially under field conditions and the development of data management structures for phenotyping and metadata capture.
The Central Infrastructure Group Genomics and Transcript Profiling led by Dr. Dirk Hincha provides on the one hand services in high-throughput gene expression and enzyme activity analysis for the whole institute. On the other hand, the group also performs scientific research on plant abiotic stress tolerance, in the areas of freezing, drought, desiccation, heat and salt stress, using mainly Arabidopsis thaliana, rice and potato as the experimental species.