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:
Dolle, D.; Mateo, J.L.; Eichenlaub, M.P.; Sinn, R.; Reinhardt, R.; Hockendorf, B.; Inoue, D.; Centanin, L.; Ettwiller, L.; Wittbrodt, J. 2015 Correction: Handling Permutation in Sequence Comparison: Genome-Wide Enhancer Prediction in Vertebrates by a Novel Non-Linear Alignment Scoring Principle PLoS One 10 11 e0143989 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143989 [Link]
Jouannet, V.; Brackmann, K.; Greb, T. 2015 (Pro)cambium formation and proliferation: two sides of the same coin? Curr Opin Plant Biol 23 54-60 doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2014.10.010 [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]
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]
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]
Peskan-Berghofer, T.; Vilches-Barro, A.; Muller, T.M.; Glawischnig, E.; Reichelt, M.; Gershenzon, J.; Rausch, T. 2015 Sustained exposure to abscisic acid enhances the colonization potential of the mutualist fungus Piriformospora indica on Arabidopsis thaliana roots New Phytol 208 3 873-886 doi: 10.1111/nph.13504 [Link]
Meitinger, F.; Pereira, G. 2016 Visualization of Cytokinesis Events in Budding Yeast by Transmission Electron Microscopy Methods Mol Biol 1369 87-95 doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3145-3_7 [Link]
Robinson, D.G.; Brandizzi, F.; Hawes, C.; Nakano, A. 2015 Vesicles versus Tubes: Is Endoplasmic Reticulum-Golgi Transport in Plants Fundamentally Different from Other Eukaryotes? Plant Physiol 168 2 393-406 doi: 10.1104/pp.15.00124 [Link]
Forner, J.; Pfeiffer, A.; Langenecker, T.; Manavella, P.A.; Lohmann, J.U. 2015 Correction: Germline-Transmitted Genome Editing in Arabidopsis thaliana Using TAL-Effector-Nucleases PLoS One 10 7 e0133945 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133945 [Link]
Schuster, C.; Gaillochet, C.; Lohmann, J.U. 2015 Arabidopsis HECATE genes function in phytohormone control during gynoecium development Development 142 19 3343-3350 doi: 10.1242/dev.120444 [Link]
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]
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]
Gryaznova, Y.; Koca Caydasi, A.; Malengo, G.; Sourjik, V.; Pereira, G. 2016 A FRET-based study reveals site-specific regulation of spindle position checkpoint proteins at yeast centrosomes Elife 5 doi: 10.7554/eLife.14029 [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]
Lust, K.; Wittbrodt, J. 2015 Hold your breath Elife 4 doi: 10.7554/eLife.12523 [Link]
Bucher, M.; Wolfowicz, I.; Voss, P.A.; Hambleton, E.A.; Guse, A. 2016 Development and Symbiosis Establishment in the Cnidarian Endosymbiosis Model Aiptasia sp Sci Rep 6 19867 doi: 10.1038/srep19867 [Link]
Arendt, D.; Benito-Gutierrez, E.; Brunet, T.; Marlow, H. 2015 Gastric pouches and the mucociliary sole: setting the stage for nervous system evolution Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 370 1684 doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0286 [Link]
Arendt, D.; Tosches, M.A.; Marlow, H. 2015 From nerve net to nerve ring, nerve cord and brain - evolution of the nervous system Nat Rev Neurosci 17 1 61-72 doi: 10.1038/nrn.2015.15 [Link]
Willems, P.H.G.M.; Pahle, J.; Stalpers, X.L.; Mugahid, D.; Nikolaew, A.; Koopman, W.J.H.; Kummer, U. 2015 PKC-mediated inhibitory feedback of the cholecystokinin 1 receptor controls the shape of oscillatory Ca(2)(+) signals Febs J 282 11 2187-2201 doi: 10.1111/febs.13267 [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]

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