Max Planck Society (MPS)/Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Development, Bad-Nauheim, Germany – strategic partner

This partnership began in 2001 based on agreements between the MPS and the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS). Two Junior Research Groups were created. One was funded by MPS at IIMCB with Dr. Matthias Bochtler as the Group Leader. The other one was funded by IIMCB, located at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden. The latter laboratory (a twin laboratory of Matthias Bochtler’s MPS/PAS laboratory) is headed by Dr. Ewa Paluch. Both laboratories became very successful, so this twinning scheme was continued. Based on a new agreement between MPS and IIMCB, cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim (MPI-HLR) was developed. The strategic partnership between MPI-HLR and FishMed Centre is realised by two major activities. One is a joint call for new group leaders, future twins. The second one is the twinning of two groups at FishMed Centre with groups headed by two MPI-HLR directors Prof. Thomas Braun and Prof. Didier Stainier.

Prof. Thomas Braun,  Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Development, is an expert in developmental biology and stem cell biology. The three main research lines in his department involve the molecular control of heart and skeletal muscle development, stem cells and the regeneration of contractile tissues, and the aging and adaptation of the cardiovascular system. He has also been involved in the development of bioinformatics tools and databases for the analysis of genetic variability and its impact on disease (e.g., SNPs and alternative splicing events).

Dr. Didier Stainier, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Development, is a world-class expert in research focused on organogenesis and the development of multi-cellular organisms. The majority of his research is performed in zebrafish.

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