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.



Collaborative Research Centre

The collaborative research center „Maintenance and Differentiation of Stem Cells in Development and Disease“ (CRC 873) lead by Jan Lohmann will receive DFG funding for another four years.


FameLab 2018

After winning the FameLab Germany 2018 competition for science communication held by the British Council, Veli Vural Uslu placed second in the international FameLab 2018 Competition.

Upcoming Event:

COS Safety Briefing

COS Safety Briefing

Dr. Schneider-Boutros


18th of October 2018 10:15 AM

INF 360, lecture hall


See calendar for more events.

Recent Publications:
Wei, H.; Bausewein, A.; Greiner, S.; Dauchot, N.; Harms, K.; Rausch, T. 2017 CiMYB17, a stress-induced chicory R2R3-MYB transcription factor, activates promoters of genes involved in fructan synthesis and degradation New Phytol 215 1 281-298 doi: 10.1111/nph.14563 [Link]
Forieri, I.; Sticht, C.; Reichelt, M.; Gretz, N.; Hawkesford, M.J.; Malagoli, M.; Wirtz, M.; Hell, R. 2017 System analysis of metabolism and the transcriptome in Arabidopsis thaliana roots reveals differential co-regulation upon iron, sulfur and potassium deficiency Plant Cell Environ 40 1 95-107 doi: 10.1111/pce.12842 [Link]
Gaillochet, C.; Stiehl, T.; Wenzl, C.; Ripoll, J.-J.; Bailey-Steinitz, L.J.; Li, L.; Pfeiffer, A.; Miotk, A.; Hakenjos, J.; Forner, J.; Yanofsky, M.F.; Marciniak-Czochra, A.; Lohmann, J.U. 2017 Control of plant cell fate transitions by transcriptional and hormonal signals Elife 6 doi: 10.7554/eLife.30135 [Link]

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