imP – Institute of Molecular Physiology

The Institute of Molecular Physiology (imP) has its focus on the function, dynamics, and structure of biological systems from nano- to supramolecular scale. This includes interactions of proteins and nucleic acids, (epigenetic) gene regulation, genome stability, DNA repair, signal transduction, and intracellular transport processes. Member groups cooperate closely and use shared facilities for cell culture, animal and plant breeding, high-resolution light microscopy, electron microscopy, x-ray structure analysis and micro calorimetry. We use a multitude of biophysical methods to analyse protein-protein, protein- nucleic acid and protein- ligand interactions.

Multiple contacts connect us with the other two institutes of the Faculty of Biology and also with the IMB, the IBWF, the Institute of Biochemistry (FB 09), the University Medical Center and the Max-Planck-Institutes in Mainz and Frankfurt.

Our most important joint programs:

  • GeneEvo - a Graduate Reseach College of the DFG
  • CRC 1551 - Polymer Concepts in Cellular Function
  • CRC 1361 - Regulation of DNA Repair & Genome Stability
  • FTN - Focus Program Translational Neurosciences
  • IPP - The international PhD-Programm
  • MPGC - Max-Planck-Graduate-Center


Research Groups:
Prof. Dr. Dorothee DormannMolecular Cell Biology II
Prof. Susanne Gebhard, Ph.D.Molecular Biotechnology
Prof. Dr. Ralf HeermannMicrobiology
Prof. Dr. Edward LemkeSynthetic Biophysics
Prof. Dr. Helen May-SimeraCiliar Cell Biology
Prof. Dr. Eckhard ThinesBiotechnology
Prof. Dr. Eva WolfChronobiology
Prof. Dr. Andreas WachterMolecular Plant Science
Prof. Dr. Uwe WolfrumMolecular Cell Biology


Coopted Professors:
Prof. Dr. Dirk Schneider (Faculty 09 - Biochemistry)


Additional Research Groups:
Prof. Dr. Elmar JaenickeBiomolecular Simulation


Former faculty members:
Prof. Dr. Harald PaulsenPlant Biochemistry
Prof. Dr. Walter StöckerCell- and Matrixbiology
Prof. Dr. Jürgen MarklStructural Biology
Prof. Dr. Gottfried UndenMicrobiology and Wine Research