Research report 2005 - Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Oncogenome analysis towards the development of novel cancer therapies
Molekularbiologie (Ullrich) (Prof. Dr. Axel Ullrich)
MPI für Biochemie, Martinsried
SummaryCoordinated growth and differentiation of specialized tissues during the development of higher eukaryotes requires precisely regulated communication between the multiple cell types of an organism. The same holds for the maintenance of all life functions of mature organisms. Defects in the cellular communication network cause multitudes of pathological phenomena such as cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. The research program of the Department of Molecular Biology is focussed on the elucidation of such critical biological and pathophysiological processes. Main emphasis of the research efforts is on the investigation of signaling mechanisms in normal cells and degeneration of signaling pathways in cancer.