As of November 1. 2014 Prof.em. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard is heading a research group: Colour pattern formation
Elisa Izaurralde and her department of biochemistry studied post-transcriptional mechanisms of gene expression, focusing on various aspects of RNA biology. The department used an interdisciplinary approach combining biochemistry and bioinformatics together with structural, molecular and cellular biology.
Plants, like all multi-cellular organisms, have to develop from a single cell. In our group we are studying temporal and spatial signals that guide the establishment of the initial body organization in early embryogenesis.
Hans Meinhardt 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's 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.