Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie

Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie

Basic research in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics as well as cell and evolutionary biology

The Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology carries out basic research in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiome sciences as well as cell and evolutionary biology. It has a staff of around 350 and is located on the Max Planck campus in Tübingen. The MPI for Developmental Biology is one of 83 institutes and research institutes belonging to the Max Planck Society for the Promotion of Science headquartered in Munich, Germany. The institute was established in 1937 as a working group of the Unit for Virus Research attached to the Kaiser Wilhelm Institutes of Biochemistry and Biology in Berlin-Dahlem, which was renamed MPI for Developmental Biology when it relocated to Tübingen 40 years later. The working groups run by the institute directors focus on the evolutionary history of proteins and protein systematics (Lupas), microbiome sciences (Ley), the evolution of developmental processes (Sommer), the integration of environmental and genetic factors during the development of Arabidopsis thaliana (Weigel), the post-transcriptional mechanisms of gene expression (Izaurralde) and the embryonic development of Arabidopsis thaliana (Jürgens). In addition, there are several independent research groups at the MPI for Developmental Biology, among them the emeritus research group of Prof. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard. Her group is studying color pattern formations in zebrafish.



Activity Research, Development, Universities


Managing Director:
Prof. Dr. Andrei Lupas

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel
Dr. Elisa Izaurralde
Dr. Ruth Ley
Prof. Dr. Ralf Sommer
Prof. Dr. Gerd Jürgens


ca. 350



€10 million ERC synergy grant for internation research team

An international team from Germany, France and the US has been awarded one of the prestigious and highly competitive Synergy Grants of the European Research Council (ERC). The…