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Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
Spemannstr. 35-39
72076 Tübingen
Phone: +49 7071 601-350
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All living organisms change – during the course of their lifetimes and across generations. The Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology is concerned with the development and evolution of animals and plants. The Institute’s scientists study how a fully functioning organism develops from a fertilised egg cell, and which genes are involved. They also analyse the role of these developmental processes in the emergence of new species, and examine the evolution of proteins. In a bid to find answers to their questions, the scientists work with model organisms, such as the zebra fish, fruit fly, threadworm and thale cress, a relative of the cabbage family. It has been shown that genes which influence development work in a similar way in different organisms – be they flies or people, thale cress or rice.

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PhD opportunities

This institute has an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS):
IMPRS "From Molecules to Organisms"

All other PhD students are supported by the International PhD Program for the Biological Sciences. To apply, please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute directly.

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