The Institute of Genetics
The current research activities at the Institute of Genetics focus on different aspects of cellular dynamics in development and physiology. Using a broad range of genetic methods in the mouse and in cells, we are tackling fundamental question of how surface receptors reach the plasma membrane, how cells control their shape, and how cell migration determines animal physiology such as local immune response, tissue homeostasis, and brain function.
The Institute of Genetics comprises three independent research units (Prof. Dr. Norbert Koch, Prof. Dr. Oliver Gruss, Prof. Dr. Walter Witke) with complementary expertise in proteomics, cell division and mouse genetics.
The mouse is central to our research as a genetic model system that allows us to study disease related mechanisms. High resolution live-cell microscopy, biochemical approaches and study of complex animal behavior allow us to bridge the gap from molecules to physiology and diseases.
History of the Genetics Institute
- 1965-1987 Prof. Dr. Werner Gottschalk (Founder and Director of the Genetics Institute)
- 1987-2009 Institute directed by Prof. Dr. Klaus Willecke (Connexin and Gap Junctions)
- 1987-2009 Prof. Dr. Karl Heinz Scheidtmann (Growth Control and Apoptosis)
- since 2002 Prof. Dr. Norbert Koch (Immunbiology) member of the Institute
- since 2009 Institute directed by Prof. Dr. Walter Witke (Cell Migration)
- 2010-2014 Prof. Dr. Klemens Rottner (Aktin Dynamik), member of the Institute
- since 2015 Prof. Dr. Oliver Gruss (Cell Division), member of the Institute