Services & Facilities

The MPI-CBG invests extensively in Services and Facilities to allow research scientists shared access to sophisticated and expensive technologies. The Institute also develops new technologies necessary to realize the research mission. All these features are open and available for IMPRS PhD students.

In addition, the spirit of sharing extends beyond our program. The DRESDEN-concept has united a number of institutional partners to develop synergies in research, education, infrastructure, and administration. 

The impressive portfolio of scientific instruments, services, and technologies available at MPI-CBG can be viewed at the Dresden Technology Portal, which is a joint database by the DRESDEN-concept partners.

Scientific Methodology & Expertise

Group Leader Research Fields Methodological & Technical Expertise

Simon Alberti

Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics

  • Genetics and cell biology of S. cerevisiae, Dictyostelium, and cultured mammalian cells

  • Fluorescence microscopy and time-lapse imaging

  • Biophysical approaches such FRAP and photoconversion to study intracellular dynamics

  • Biochemical reconstitution assays and in vitro and in vivo aggregation assays


Jan Brugués

Biophysics, Cell Biology, Systems Biology, Theoretical Biophysics

  • Fluorescence spinning disk microscopy

  • LC-Polscope (quantitative polarization microscopy)

  • Femto-second laser ablation

  • DIC microscopy

  • Xenopus Laevis extract preparation

  • Spindle assembly and biochemistry

  • Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy

  • Single molecule imaging

  • Mathematical modeling

  • Image processing

  • Numerical simulation and analysis


Suzanne Eaton

Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Biophysics

  • Tissue explant culture and long-term imaging

  • Fluorescence spinning disk microscopy

  • Femto-second laser ablation

  • Physical modeling

  • Image processing and analysis

  • Drosophila molecular genetics

  • Lipid and lipoprotein biochemistry


Michael Hiller

Bioinformatics, Genomics, Systems Biology

  • Computational biology

  • Bioinformatics


Alf Honigmann

Biophysics, Cell Biology

  • Super-Resolution Microscopy (STED, SMLM)

  • Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy, Single Molecule Tracking

  • Membrane labelling (lipids and proteins) in vivo and in vitro

  • Micro-Patterning of Surfaces for Control of Cell Attachment, Signaling and Differentiation

  • Reconstitution of Membrane Proteins in Model Membranes


Anthony Hyman

Cell Biology, Genomics, Biophysics

  • BAC recombineering

  • Single molecule microscopy

  • C.elegans transgenomics

  • Protein expression and purification


Frank Jülicher


  • Theory of active matter

  • Hydrodynamics, Continuum theories, discrete models

  • Stochastic processes

  • Numerical methods, simulation


Florian Jug

Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology

  • Graphical Models (Bayesian Networks/ Factor Graphs)

  • Deep Learning (Classification, Domain Adaptation, etc.)

  • Discrete Optimization

  • Efficient Algorithms

  • Software Design and Development


Elisabeth Knust

Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics

  • Drosophila genetics

  • Immunohistochemistry, laserscanning microscopy, in-vivo imaging of embryos

  • Electron microscopy, immuno-electronmicroscopy

  • Cell culture

  • Molecular biology and biochemistry


Moritz Kreysing

Biophysics, Cell Biology, Neurobiology

  • Custom tailored light microscopy

  • Wave optics and statistical optics

  • Laser micro-manipulation

  • Thermophoresis and diffusion systems

  • Animal and neuronal tissue dissection


Teymuras Kurzchalia

Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Lipidomics, Biochemistry

  • Isolation and purification of lipids from C. elegans

  • Lipid biochemical analysis (TLC, LC/MS, etc.)

  • Metabolic radio- and stable isotope labeling C. elegans for

    lipid/sterol/carbohydrate analysis

  • Genetic analysis of the dauer stage in C. elegans

  • Induction and analysis of responses to desiccation and hypoxia in C. elegans


Carl Modes

Biophysics, Systems Biology, Computational Biology

  • Theory of complex networks

  • Applied topological and geometric methods

  • Theoretical biophysics

  • Theory of soft matter

  • Numerical methods and simulations


Gene Myers

Computational Biology, Optical Engineering, Systems Biology, Computer Science

  • NGS sequencing and assembly

  • High throughput microscopy

  • Image analysis / interpretation of microscope data sets

  • Customized control systems for microscopy

  • Algorithms and efficient use of computer hardware


André Nadler

Cell Biology, Biochemistry

  • Organic synthesis & chemical probe development

  • NMR spectroscopy

  • Lipid biochemistry

  • Photoaffinity probes

  • Live cell photoactivation experiments

  • Live cell imaging


Caren Norden

Cell Biology, Developmental Biology

  • Imaging (live imaging, SPIM, confocal microscopy, superresolution)

  • Quantitative analysis (Fiji, MatLab, R)

  • Theoretical approaches

  • Molecular biology

  • Transcriptomics

Gaia Pigino

Cell Biology, Biophysics, Computational Biology

  • 3D electron microscopy and various techniques for TEM (plastic embedding, high-pressure freezing, freeze substitution, negative staining, ultramicrotomy, etc.),

  • cryo-electron microscopy,

  • cryo-electron tomography, sub-tomogram averaging, and single particle


  • correlative light- and electron-microscopy,

  • Immunolabelling and immunogold labelling,

  • TIRF microscopy,

  • single molecule tracking,

  • cell culture,

  • flagella and cilia isolation

  • purification of axonemal protein components

Jochen Rink

Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Computational Biology

  • Planarian regeneration

  • Antibody production and staining of whole mounts and tissue sections.

  • Quantitative Western Blotting

  • In situ hybridization of whole mounts and tissue sections

  • Next generation Sequencing and NGS data analysis


Steffen Rulands


  • Statistical non-equilibrum physics

  • Stochastic processes

  • Monte Carlo simulations

  • Statistical inference

  • Analysis of next-generation sequencing experiments


Ivo Sbalzarini

Computational Biology, Computer Science, Systems Biology

  • mesh-free discretization schemes for partial differential equations

  • Bayesian bio-image analysis

  • parallel high-performance computing

  • bio-inspired computation

  • image-based modeling and simulation of biological processes in space and time


Andrej Shevchenko

Proteomics, Lipidomics

  • mass spectrometry

  • Shotgun lipidomics

  • LC-MS/MS


Jacqueline Tabler

Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics

  • Ex vivo imaging of mammalian tissues

  • Quantitative microscopy

  • Mammalian genetics

  • Primary cell culture


Dora Tang

Synthetic Biology, Biophysics, Materials Science

  • Protocell models

  • High pressure for soft matter

  • Cell free expression

  • Biophysical characterisation

  • Microfluidics


Pavel Tomancak

Developmental Biology, Bioinformatics

  • Light sheet microscopy

  • Biological image analysis

  • Image-based genomics

  • Transcriptomics


Nadine Vastenhouw

Developmental Biology, Genetics, Systems Biology

  • Molecular biology such as cloning, (q)PCR, ChIP, and Western blotting

  • Genomics approaches such as RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, and ATAC-Seq

  • Zebrafish techniques such as transplantations, injections, in situs, and

    CRISPR mediated mutagenesis


Vasily Zaburdaev

Systems Biology, Theoretical Biophysics

  • Biological physics

  • Stochastic processes

  • Cell motility

  • Biofilms

  • Random walks


Christoph Zechner

Computational Biology, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology

  • Stochastic models of molecular networks

  • Statistical inference & learning

  • Molecular computing & nanotechnology

  • Signal processing & adaptive systems


Marino Zerial

Cell Biology, Computational Biology, Systems Biology

  • Synthetic biology

  • High resolution imaging

  • siRNA delivery systems for functional genomics

  • Image analysis and data extraction

  • Mathematical modeling

  • Systems biology, physics and theory



2020 PhD Positions

Interview week

at MPI-CBG in Dresden:

27–31 January 2020