Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Welcome to COS Heidelberg

The Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg aims to study organismic biology beyond the borders of organisational level. Research and teaching at COS is dedicated to study organismic biology from the basic molecular principles to cell biology, developmental biology and physiology both in plants and in animals and to further extend into evolution, biodiversity, systems biology and biotechnology.



Bertalanffy Lecture

Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan (University of Geneva) will be the speaker of the tenth Bertalanffy Lecture on December 8 and 9, 2016.


Heisenberg professorship for Thomas Greb

Thomas Greb was appointed Heisenberg professor, which is funded by the DFG, at Heidelberg University.

Upcoming Event:


Evolution of extreme traits: the metal hyperaccumulating model species Arabidopsis halleri

Prof. Dr. Stephan Clemens

Department of Plant Physiology, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Hell

7th of December 2016 02:00 PM

INF 360, Lecture Hall


See calendar for more events.

Recent Publications:
Brunet, T.; Arendt, D. 2016 From damage response to action potentials: early evolution of neural and contractile modules in stem eukaryotes Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 371 1685 doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0043 [Link]
Robinson, D.G.; Neuhaus, J.-M. 2016 Receptor-mediated sorting of soluble vacuolar proteins: myths, facts, and a new model J Exp Bot doi: 10.1093/jxb/erw222 [Link]
Kriegel, A.; Andres, Z.; Medzihradszky, A.; Kruger, F.; Scholl, S.; Delang, S.; Patir-Nebioglu, M.G.; Gute, G.; Yang, H.; Murphy, A.S.; Peer, W.A.; Pfeiffer, A.; Krebs, M.; Lohmann, J.U.; Schumacher, K. 2015 Job Sharing in the Endomembrane System: Vacuolar Acidification Requires the Combined Activity of V-ATPase and V-PPase Plant Cell 27 12 3383-3396 doi: 10.1105/tpc.15.00733 [Link]
Dietz, K.-J.; Hell, R. 2015 Thiol switches in redox regulation of chloroplasts: balancing redox state, metabolism and oxidative stress Biol Chem 396 5 483-494 doi: 10.1515/hsz-2014-0281 [Link]
Caroti, F.; Urbansky, S.; Wosch, M.; Lemke, S. 2015 Germ line transformation and in vivo labeling of nuclei in Diptera: report on Megaselia abdita (Phoridae) and Chironomus riparius (Chironomidae) Dev Genes Evol 225 3 179-186 doi: 10.1007/s00427-015-0504-5 [Link]
Matern, S.; Peskan-Berghoefer, T.; Gromes, R.; Kiesel, R.V.; Rausch, T. 2015 Imposed glutathione-mediated redox switch modulates the tobacco wound-induced protein kinase and salicylic acid-induced protein kinase activation state and impacts on defence against Pseudomonas syringae J Exp Bot 66 7 1935-1950 doi: 10.1093/jxb/eru546 [Link]
Ghosh Dastidar, M.; Mosiolek, M.; Bleckmann, A.; Dresselhaus, T.; Nodine, M.D.; Maizel, A. 2016 Sensitive whole mount in situ localization of small RNAs in plants Plant J doi: 10.1111/tpj.13270 [Link]
Robinson, D.G. 2015 Endocytosis: Is there really a Recycling from Late Endosomes? Mol Plant doi: 10.1016/j.molp.2015.07.005 [Link]
Maizel, A. 2016 Plant Organ Growth: Stopping Under Stress Curr Biol 26 10 R417-9 doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.03.056 [Link]
Su, T.; Wolf, S.; Han, M.; Zhao, H.; Wei, H.; Greiner, S.; Rausch, T. 2016 Reassessment of an Arabidopsis cell wall invertase inhibitor AtCIF1 reveals its role in seed germination and early seedling growth Plant Mol Biol 90 1-2 137-155 doi: 10.1007/s11103-015-0402-2 [Link]
Petersen, H.O.; Hoger, S.K.; Looso, M.; Lengfeld, T.; Kuhn, A.; Warnken, U.; Nishimiya-Fujisawa, C.; Schnolzer, M.; Kruger, M.; Ozbek, S.; Simakov, O.; Holstein, T.W. 2015 A Comprehensive Transcriptomic and Proteomic Analysis of Hydra Head Regeneration Mol Biol Evol 32 8 1928-1947 doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv079 [Link]
Dolle, D.; Mateo, J.L.; Eichenlaub, M.P.; Sinn, R.; Reinhardt, R.; Hockendorf, B.; Inoue, D.; Centanin, L.; Ettwiller, L.; Wittbrodt, J. 2015 Handling Permutation in Sequence Comparison: Genome-Wide Enhancer Prediction in Vertebrates by a Novel Non-Linear Alignment Scoring Principle PLoS One 10 10 e0141487 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141487 [Link]
von Wangenheim, D.; Fangerau, J.; Schmitz, A.; Smith, R.S.; Leitte, H.; Stelzer, E.H.K.; Maizel, A. 2016 Rules and Self-Organizing Properties of Post-embryonic Plant Organ Cell Division Patterns Curr Biol 26 4 439-449 doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.12.047 [Link]
Koch, M.A. 2015 A new chromosome was born: comparative chromosome painting in Boechera Trends Plant Sci doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.07.001 [Link]
Birke, H.; De Kok, L.J.; Wirtz, M.; Hell, R. 2015 The role of compartment-specific cysteine synthesis for sulfur homeostasis during H2S exposure in Arabidopsis Plant Cell Physiol 56 2 358-367 doi: 10.1093/pcp/pcu166 [Link]
Reinhardt, R.; Centanin, L.; Tavhelidse, T.; Inoue, D.; Wittbrodt, B.; Concordet, J.-P.; Martinez-Morales, J.R.; Wittbrodt, J. 2015 Sox2, Tlx, Gli3, and Her9 converge on Rx2 to define retinal stem cells in vivo Embo J 34 11 1572-1588 doi: 10.15252/embj.201490706 [Link]

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