WeigelWorld moved from the Salk Institute in San Diego to the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen in fall 2002. The facilities include a 5,000 sq. ft. lab and 4,000 sq. ft. plant growth space.
The Max Planck Institutes include many of the world's premier research institutions. Among the colleagues at the MPI in Tübingen is Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Nobel Laureate 1995, who is studying development in zebrafish and flies. Other departments focus on biochemical mechanisms and cell biology (Elisa Izaurralde), animal evo-devo and ecological genetics (Ralf Sommer), protein evolution (Andrei Lupas), and embryo development in plants (Gerd Jürgens).
We are collaborating also with colleagues at our sister institutions in Tübingen, the MPI for Biological Cybernetics, and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, and with the Center for Bioinformatics Tübingen.
Our plant biology colleagues at the University are organized in the Center for Plant Molecular Biology. In addition, we have regular interactions with the University of Hohenheim, which is particularly strong in statistical genetics and breeding, but also features several laboratories pursuing mechanistic analyses of plant physiology.