Host Phenotype Effects of Heritable Gut Microbiota

Group Leader: Jillian Waters

We study the relationship between humans and their gut microbiota by focusing on associations between specific microbes that are under the influence of host genetics (i.e., heritable microbes) and their effect on host weight, adiposity, and other health-associated phenotypes. We are interested in the mechanisms underlying the associations between host phenotype and the ecology of heritable microbes.

Ecology and Evolution of Host-Associated Methanogens

Group Leader: Nicholas Youngblut

Methanogenic archaea inhabiting the gut are under the influence of host genetics (i.e., they are heritable) and are also associated with host metabolism and other health-associated phenotypes. We are interested in the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying these associations.

CHRISTIANE NÜSSLEIN-VOLHARD

As of November 1. 2014 Prof.em.Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard is heading a research group: Colour pattern formation

HANS MEINHARDT († 2016)

He has developed models for biological pattern formation that account for essential steps in development. Meanwhile many of the predicted interactions found are supported by molecular-genetic observations.

ALFRED GIERER

My work is mainly concerned with the relation between life sciences and physics in general, as well as with the theory of pattern formation and neural development in particular.

FRIEDRICH BONHOEFFER

Bacterial DNA replication, in vivo and in vitro; neuro-embryology, in vivo- and in vitro-studies of the topographic axonal projection from the retina to the tectum.