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

Henrik Kaessmann (ZMBH, Heidelberg University) will be the speaker of the eleventh Bertalanffy Lecture on June 1/2, 2017.


ERC Consolidator Grant

Annika Guse, independent junior group leader at COS, receives an ERC Consolidator Grant over the next five years.

Upcoming Event:


Epistructural control on RNA G-rich element specifies phloem differentiation

Ass. Prof. Dr. Ildoo Hwang

Dept. of Life Sciences, POSTECH Biotech Center, Pohang University, Korea

Prof. Dr. Thomas Greb

6th of April 2017 11:00 AM

INF 360, Lecture Hall

Recent Publications:
Meitinger, F.; Palani, S.; Pereira, G. 2016 Detection of Phosphorylation Status of Cytokinetic Components Methods Mol Biol 1369 219-237 doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3145-3_16 [Link]
Bartels, M.F.; Winterhalter, P.R.; Yu, J.; Liu, Y.; Lommel, M.; Mohrlen, F.; Hu, H.; Feizi, T.; Westerlind, U.; Ruppert, T.; Strahl, S. 2016 Protein O-Mannosylation in the Murine Brain: Occurrence of Mono-O-Mannosyl Glycans and Identification of New Substrates PLoS One 11 11 e0166119 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166119 [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]
Neubert, P.; Strahl, S. 2016 Protein O-mannosylation in the early secretory pathway Curr Opin Cell Biol 41 100-108 doi: 10.1016/ [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]
Maizel, A. 2016 Plant Organ Growth: Stopping Under Stress Curr Biol 26 10 R417-9 doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.03.056 [Link]

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