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Research Areas

  • Molecular Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases
  • Epigenetics and Functional Genetics
  • Oncology and Functional Imaging
  • Neurosciences


Current Projects and Programmes (national)


Collaborative Research Centres (CRC)

  • CRC 746: Functional Specificity by Coupling and Modification of Proteins
  • CRC 850: Control of Cell Motility in Morphogenesis, Cancer Invasion and Metastasis
  • CRC 992: Medical Epigenetics - From basic mechanisms to clinical applications (MEDEP)
  • CRC 1015: Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices (Participation)
  • CRC 1160: Immune-mediated pathology as a consequence of impaired immune reactions (IMPATH)


CRC/Transregio (TRR)

  • CRC/TRR 130: B cells:Immunity and Autoimmunity (Participation)
  • CRC/TRR 152: TRiPs to Homeostasis. Maintenance of Body Homeostasis by Transient Receptor Potential Channel Modules (Participation)
  • CRC/TRR 167: Development, function and potential of myeloid cells in the central nervous system (NeuroMac)
  • CRC/TRR 179: Determinants and dynamics of elimination versus persistence of hepatitis virus infection (Participation)


DFG-Research Units (FOR)

  • FOR 2033: To Hematopoietic Niches (Participation)
  • FOR 2036: New insights into Bcl-2 family interactions: from biophysics to function (Participation)
  • FOR 2143: Interneuron Synaptic Plasticity - From Mechanisms to Higher Brain Functions
  • FOR 2674: Aging-related epigenetic remodeling in acute myeloid leukemia


Graduate Schools (GSC) / Integrated Research Training Groups (IRTG) / Research Training Groups (GRK)

  • GSC 4: Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM)
  • IRTG (integrated CRC 850): Control of Cell Motility in Morphogenesis, Cancer Invasion and Metastasis
  • IRTG (integrated CRC 992): Medical Epigenetics (MEDEP)
  • GRK 1767: Factual and Fictional Narration (Participation)
  • GRK 1976Functional Diversity of Cofactors in Enzymes (Participation)
  • GRK 2202: Transport across and into membranes (Participation)
  • GRK 2344: MeInBio - BioInMe: Exploration of spatio-temporal dynamics of gene regulation using high-throughput and high-resolution methods


Priority Programmes (SPP)

  • SPP 1596: Ecology and species barriers in emerging viral diseases (Participation)
  • SPP 1738: Emerging roles of non-coding RNAs in nervous system development, plasticity and disease (Participation)
  • SPP 1926: Next Generation Optogenetics: Tool Development and Application (Participation)
  • SPP 1937: Innate Lymphoid Cells (Participation)


Structured young researchers programs


Participation on Cluster of Excellence


Joint research projects


National Cohort (NaKo)

The Institute for Prevention and Cancer Epidemiology is one of 18 study centers throughout Germany. Between 2013 and 2017 10.000 people from all over Germany had already participated in the study in Freiburg.


Participations on German Health Research Centers