The Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology is a world-renowned research institute of the German Max Planck Society
. Current research interests at the institute address fundamental questions of modern biology at multiple levels of magnification. At the atomic level, we are investigating how protein machines work. At the molecular and subcellular level, we are studying how proteins and nucleic acids cooperate to regulate processes and the effects of their location within the cell. At the tissue level, we are determining how cells interact to produce complex outcomes during development. Finally, at the organism level, we are asking how the naturally occurring interactions among microbes, plants and animals shape their genomes.