How do cells form tissues?

We want to understand how cells form tissues and how these tissues develop into complex organisms.

MPI-CBG remembers Suzanne Eaton

Remembering Suzanne

Collected tributes to the life and legacy of Suzanne Eaton from family, friends and colleagues.

Remembering Suzanne

Decoding Diversity

We want to understand the molecular principles underlying the development of organisms and how they brought about diversity.

Going into the unknown

We develop new technologies that make the invisible visible and simulate biological processes to understand life.

What makes cells tick?

We want to understand how cells function in detail, how they communicate, and how they organize intracellular exchange.

We are the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)

We do pioneering basic research. 500 curiosity-driven scientists from over 50 countries ask: How do cells form tissues? Our research programs span multiple scales of magnitude, from molecular assemblies to organelles, cells, tissues, organs, and organisms.

  • On and off switch for protein patterns

    Positive feedback loop creates protein patterns on cellular membranes

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  • Communication helps!

    Exchange between cells increases the precision of signal estimation

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  • Evolutionary key for a bigger brain

    Dresden and Japanese researchers show that a human-specific brain size gene causes a larger neocortex in the common marmoset, a non-human primate.

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  • How a blind-spot lets us see more

    Trained artificial networks improve image quality in fluorescence microscopy

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  • Twist and torque in the cellular nanocosmos

    Group of Max Planck Fellow Stefan Diez detects biophysical forces of molecular motors in 3D

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  • Who takes the temperature in our cells?

    Baker's yeast cells provide information on how organisms could cope with global warming and other altered environmental factors

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  • How do our cells respond to stress?

    Molecular biologists reverse-engineer a complex cellular structure that is associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS

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9 Jul 2020

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8 Jul 2020

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9 Jul 2020

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9 Jul 2020

@SMWK_SN @tudresden_de Auch von uns ‚Herzlichen Glückwunsch‘ 🎊!!!

2 Jul 2020

Remembering Prof. Suzanne Eaton

A wonderful colleague, friend and brilliant scientist is dearly missed.

11 May 2020

Coronavirus research combines forces

MPI-CBG part of the German COVID-19 OMICS Initiative (DeCOI)

14 Apr 2020

NOMIS Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award for Tony Hyman

Support for exceptional scientists exploring new and unconventional directions in science

31 Mar 2020

Funding for innovative ideas and frontier research

European Research Council’s Advanced Grant to Pavel Tomancak