Research at the Biozentrum embraces a wide range of topics, with the physical basis of life as well as the behavior and dynamics of multicellular communities - from simple bacterial communities to complex organisms - being a common thread linking the various research areas.
Currently, the research groups of the Biozentrum are active in five areas of investigation: Growth & Development, Infection Biology, Neurobiology, Structural Biology & Biophysics and Computational & Systems Biology. These research areas are not strictly separated from each other but rather share concepts and technologies. Furthermore, new and relevant questions often arise at the overlap between the research areas, while innovative solutions can be found arising from the expertise of each respective area.
Modern research increasingly depends on sophisticated technologies, notably in the fields of genomics, proteomics, imaging, and data analysis. To meet this challenge, the Biozentrum has established a number of so-called Technology Platforms focusing on recent developments, for example, in the fields of electron microscopy and light microscopy, proteomics, FACS (Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting) and Research IT. The Biozentrum shares further Technology Platforms (microarray technology, quantitative genomics, etc.) with other regional research institutes.