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.




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PRESTO funding

Dongbo Shi, postdoc in the Greb lab, has won a PRESTO grant from the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST) for his project on continuous plant growth.



Upcoming Event:

COS Keynote

From single-cell multi-omics to gene regulatory networks and enhancer logic

Prof. Dr. Stein Aerts

Laboratory of Computational Biology, KU Leuven, Belgium


18th of May 2021 10:00 AM

online, tba

Recent Publications:
Robinson, D.G.; Aniento, F. 2020 A Model for ERD2 Function in Higher Plants Front Plant Sci 11 343 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00343 [Link]
Seleit, A.; Gross, K.; Onistschenko, J.; Woelk, M.; Autorino, C.; Centanin, L. 2020 Development and regeneration dynamics of the Medaka notochord Dev Biol 463 1 11-25 doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2020.03.001 [Link]
Draguhn, A.; Mallatt, J.M.; Robinson, D.G. 2020 Anesthetics and plants: no pain, no brain, and therefore no consciousness Protoplasma doi: 10.1007/s00709-020-01550-9 [Link]
Carnesecchi, J.; Lohmann, I. 2020 Closing the gap: a roadmap to single-cell regulatory genomics Mol Syst Biol 16 5 e9497 doi: 10.15252/msb.20209497 [Link]
Rajab, H.; Khan, M.S.; Wirtz, M.; Malagoli, M.; Qahar, F.; Hell, R. 2020 Sulfur metabolic engineering enhances cadmium stress tolerance and root to shoot iron translocation in Brassica napus L Plant Physiol Biochem 152 32-43 doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2020.04.017 [Link]
Viol, L.; Hata, S.; Pastor-Peidro, A.; Neuner, A.; Murke, F.; Wuchter, P.; Ho, A.D.; Giebel, B.; Pereira, G. 2020 Nek2 kinase displaces distal appendages from the mother centriole prior to mitosis J Cell Biol 219 3 doi: 10.1083/jcb.201907136 [Link]
Wolf, S. 2020 Deviating from the Beaten Track: New Twists in Brassinosteroid Receptor Function Int J Mol Sci 21 5 doi: 10.3390/ijms21051561 [Link]
Grigaitis, P.; Starkuviene, V.; Rost, U.; Serva, A.; Pucholt, P.; Kummer, U. 2020 miRNA target identification and prediction as a function of time in gene expression data RNA Biol 17 7 990-1000 doi: 10.1080/15476286.2020.1748921 [Link]
Arendt, D. 2020 The Evolutionary Assembly of Neuronal Machinery Curr Biol 30 10 R603-R616 doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.04.008 [Link]
Robinson, D.G.; Aniento, F. 2020 A Model for ERD2 Function in Higher Plants Front. Plant Sci. 11 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00343 [Link]
Gornik, S.G.; Bergheim, B.G.; Morel, B.; Stamatakis, A.; Foulkes, N.S.; Guse, A. 2020 Photoreceptor diversification accompanies the evolution of Anthozoa Mol Biol Evol doi: 10.1093/molbev/msaa304 [Link]
Taiz, L.; Alkon, D.; Draguhn, A.; Murphy, A.; Blatt, M.; Thiel, G.; Robinson, D.G. 2020 Reply to Trewavas et al. and Calvo and Trewavas Trends Plant Sci doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2019.12.020 [Link]
Holzwart, E.; Wanke, F.; Glockner, N.; Hofte, H.; Harter, K.; Wolf, S. 2020 A Mutant Allele Uncouples the Brassinosteroid-Dependent and Independent Functions of BRASSINOSTEROID INSENSITIVE 1 Plant Physiol 182 1 669-678 doi: 10.1104/pp.19.00448 [Link]
Waadt, R.; Koster, P.; Andres, Z.; Waadt, C.; Bradamante, G.; Lampou, K.; Kudla, J.; Schumacher, K. 2020 Dual-Reporting Transcriptionally Linked Genetically Encoded Fluorescent Indicators Resolve the Spatiotemporal Coordination of Cytosolic Abscisic Acid and Second Messenger Dynamics in Arabidopsis Plant Cell 32 8 2582-2601 doi: 10.1105/tpc.19.00892 [Link]

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