The fundamental scientific question asked at the MPI-CBG is: How do cells form tissues? We research the molecular principles underlying morphogenesis, such as regulation of size and shape, and how the morphology of cells and tissues emerges from the interactions between individual molecules and cells.

Most importantly, our research programs span multiple scales of magnitude, from molecular assemblies, to organelles, cells, tissues, organs and organisms. Ultimately, our goal is to take a multi-scale approach to link tissue-level organizational principles to molecular activity.

Molecular cell biologists provide insights into the basic processes of cellular life and organisation. Developmental biologists and geneticists place these functions into the context of tissue development in different model organisms such as zebrafish, Drosophila, Caenorhabditis elegans or mouse. Theoretical physicists, mathematicians, and computer scientists add a “bottom-up” systems biology approach to the Institute's research mission.

The MPI-CBG invests extensively in Services and Facilities to allow research scientists shared access to sophisticated and expensive technologies. The Institute also develops new technologies necessary to realize the research mission.