Center for Organizmal Studies Heidelberg

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The Center for Organism Studies Heidelberg (COS, German: "Center for Organismic Studies") is a central scientific institution of the University of Heidelberg . It is dedicated to basic biological research and academic teaching and training. Research encompasses the areas of cell biology , developmental biology , physiology , evolutionary biology and neurobiology across all organisms . With almost 400 employees, it is the university's largest life science research center.


The Center for Organismal Studies comprises the former Heidelberg Institute for Plant Sciences (HIP) and the former Heidelberg Institute for Zoology (HIZ). It was officially founded in November 2010 and inaugurated on May 13, 2011 with a symposium entitled “From Molecules to Living Systems”. The COS is spread over several locations within the campus in Neuenheimer Feld (INF 230, 232, 340, 345 and 360).


The Center for Organizmal Studies comprises the following departments, each headed by a professor:

In addition, the COS includes the independent working groups of Sergio Acebrón, Jan-Felix Evers, Lazaro Centanin, Emmanuel Gaquerel, Guido Grossmann, Annika Guse, Amal J. Johnston, Steffen Lemke, Gislene Pereira and Sebastian Wolf, the senior professor Volker Storch and as emeriti or Retired Professors Ekkehard Bautz , Martin Bopp , Peter Leins , Werner Müller and David G. Robinson .

The COS also houses the Botanical Garden of Heidelberg University and the collection of the Zoological Museum of Heidelberg University . In addition, the COS supports or organizes a number of central technical facilities on campus (Nikon Imaging Center Heidelberg, CellNetworks Deep Sequencing Core Facility, Metabolomics Core Technology Platform, COS Electron Microscope Facility).


Individual evidence

  1. Press release on the opening ( Memento from February 1, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Homepage of the COS Heidelberg