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

Ottoline Leyser (Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge) will be the speaker of the ninth Bertalanffy Lecture on April 28/29, 2016.


Visiting Professorship for Marcus Koch

Marcus Koch was appointed a permanent visiting professor at the Charles University in Prague.

Upcoming Event:

COS PhD/Postdoc Seminar

Reports on current research

COS PHD students and PostDocs

COS Heidelberg

31st of May 2016 01:15 PM

INF 230, R. 00.005

Recent Publications:
Forner, J.; Pfeiffer, A.; Langenecker, T.; Manavella, P.A.; Lohmann, J.U. 2015 Germline-transmitted genome editing in Arabidopsis thaliana Using TAL-effector-nucleases PLoS One 10 3 e0121056 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121056 [Link]
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]
Domsch, K.; Papagiannouli, F.; Lohmann, I. 2015 The HOX-Apoptosis Regulatory Interplay in Development and Disease Curr Top Dev Biol 114 121-158 doi: 10.1016/bs.ctdb.2015.07.014 [Link]
Hohmann, N.; Wolf, E.M.; Lysak, M.A.; Koch, M.A. 2015 A Time-Calibrated Road Map of Brassicaceae Species Radiation and Evolutionary History Plant Cell 27 10 2770-2784 doi: 10.1105/tpc.15.00482 [Link]
Friedrich, J.; Sorge, S.; Bujupi, F.; Eichenlaub, M.P.; Schulz, N.G.; Wittbrodt, J.; Lohmann, I. 2016 Hox Function Is Required for the Development and Maintenance of the Drosophila Feeding Motor Unit Cell Rep 14 4 850-860 doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2015.12.077 [Link]
Heermann, S.; Schutz, L.; Lemke, S.; Krieglstein, K.; Wittbrodt, J. 2015 Eye morphogenesis driven by epithelial flow into the optic cup facilitated by modulation of bone morphogenetic protein Elife 4 doi: 10.7554/eLife.05216 [Link]
Brunet, T.; Lauri, A.; Arendt, D. 2015 Did the notochord evolve from an ancient axial muscle? The axochord hypothesis Bioessays 37 8 836-850 doi: 10.1002/bies.201500027 [Link]
Stemmer, M.; Schuhmacher, L.-N.; Foulkes, N.S.; Bertolucci, C.; Wittbrodt, J. 2015 Cavefish eye loss in response to an early block in retinal differentiation progression Development 142 4 743-752 doi: 10.1242/dev.114629 [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]
Maizel, A. 2015 A View to a Kill: Markers for Developmentally Regulated Cell Death in Plants Plant Physiol 169 4 2341 doi: 10.1104/pp.15.01608 [Link]
Gaillochet, C.; Daum, G.; Lohmann, J.U. 2015 O cell, where art thou? The mechanisms of shoot meristem patterning Curr Opin Plant Biol 23 91-97 doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2014.11.002 [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]

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