Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society

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The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory (FML) of the Max Planck Society was founded in 1969 to offer highly qualified junior scientists in the area of biology an opportunity to establish independent research groups and pursue their own line of research within a five-year period (extensions possible). The group leaders are elected by a committee of scientists from diverse areas and institutions on the basis of a public tendering procedure. While at the FML, they can use modern, well-equipped laboratories and work in teams tailored to their ideas. The laboratory is not headed by a director. Instead, the group leaders take turns in representing the FML, and its administrative and organizational interests. Furthermore, all group leaders jointly manage the funds available to the laboratory.

There is no specification as to which kind of biological research should be conducted at the FML, and the focus of research changes with the appointment of each new group leader. In the past, research interests have included developmental biology, neurobiology, cell biology, psychology and many other areas of modern biology.

Former Group Leaders[edit]

Anne Spang Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland
Gudrun Schwarzer University of Giessen, Germany
Andreas Mayer University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Christoph Schuster University of Heidelberg, Germany
Ralph Rupp Adolf Butenandt Institute, University of Munich, Germany
Alexander Borst Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany
Martin Bähler University of Münster, Germany
Christian Lehner University of Bayreuth, Germany
Stefan Jentsch Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
Jürgen Bolz University of Jena, Germany
Claudia Stürmer University of Konstanz, Germany
Peter Ekblom University of Uppsala, Sweden
Walter Birchmeier Max Delbrück Center, Berlin, Germany
Rolf Kemler Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology, Freiburg, Germany
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany
Matthias Wabl University of California, San Francisco, USA
Heinz Wässle Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany
Wilfried Seifert
Reinhard Kurth Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
Wolfgang Hennig Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, China
Dieter Oesterhelt Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
Günter Gerisch Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
Uli Schwarz Shanghai Institute for Advanced Studies, China
Rolf Knippers University of Konstanz, Germany
Friedrich Bonhoeffer Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany