Research Environment

The research environment of the CMMC enables fruitful interactions and interdisciplinary collaborations with oustanding scientists of diverse scientific backgrounds. We are excited to establish close ties within this environment and contribute to the collaborative spirit of the Cologne life science campus. 

With the IPMM ( and the Graduate School for Biological Sciences (GsfBS, PhD students in the lab have access to two graduate schools dedicated to providing strong mentorship for their present and future scientific career steps. The graduate schools are a vital part of pursuing a successful PhD in our lab and we are happy that we can provide our students with the opportunity to take part in these schools. 

The University Clinic of Cologne ( is an outstanding location for clinical research with, among many other clinical emphases, a strong profile in cancer genomics and epigenomics. We seek to establish interactions that we can use to place our findings into a disease context and choose experimental systems that enable clinically relevant insights. Moreover, the Institutes of Biochemistry I and II at the Faculty of Medicine house excellent reseaerch and technology right next to the CMMC. 

We are associated with the CECAD a cluster of excellence for ageing research ( houses outstanding research on the cellular and molecular basis of ageing and ageing related disease, equipped with much of the latest equipment for, e.g. mass spectrometry or fluorescence imaging.

Our group is also in the process of becoming associated with the Institute for Biochemistry at the Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Cologne (, which facilitates the close collaboration and exchange of expertise with the local experts in biochemistry. The Institute will also be home of the newly established facility for cryo-EM that will open its doors in late 2020. 

The Cologne Center for Genomics is a leading technology platform for genomic and epigenomic analyses within Germany. Not only do we profit from the expertise that is attracted by this infrastructure to our vicinity, but we will also have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for our own work, once we start interrogating our systems on the genome-wide scale. 

Last but not least, the MPI of ageing research ( is located nearby, home of world leading experts in the biology of ageing.