Research at the IMP spans a wide range of topics, broadly organised into 4 themes: life at the molecular and cellular levels, information processing and storage in neural circuits, mechanisms of organismal development and disease, and interdisciplinary approaches that bring ideas and methods from other fields to bear on biological questions. The common goal in all of these areas is to elucidate the mechanisms and principles that underlie complex biological processes.

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Fascinating insights into the inner workings of a cell are gained by studying the structure, chemistry and physics of individual molecules and their interactions in larger dynamic assemblies.


Circuit Neuroscience

New methods in molecular biology and optogenetics allow researchers to study how information processing and storage in neural circuits generates complex brain functions.


Differentiation and Disease

Genetic and molecular analyses of gene function provide important insight into regulatory networks and their key factors that control normal cell differentiation and, upon deregulation, contribute to disease development.


Biology, Computation, and Engineering

Ideas and approaches from mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering provide new insight into biological questions and offer exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary research.