Research and Study Centers ⓘ
Cluster of Excellence Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-associated Diseases (CECAD)
The CECAD (Cluster of Excellence Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-associated Diseases) works on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the aging process and develops new therapies for aging-associated diseases such as cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders. Over 400 scientists from the fields of genetics, microbiology, physiology, neurology, botany, zoology, biochemistry and medicine work closely together at the interdisciplinary interface between basic research and clinical application. CECAD is jointly supported by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine. The Max Planck Institutes for the Biology of Aging and for Metabolism Research in Cologne as well as the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Bonn are important partners of the Cluster.
Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS)
The mission of the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) is to contribute new paradigms to the solution of urgent problems in plant performance and production through the exploitation of natural variation and biodiversity. Plants are the basis of all human life: they provide food, are used as medicine and supply raw materials for clothing, housing and energy production. Due to global change, the role of crop plants as the foundation of human civilization is threatened. CEPLAS applies a new approach that is driven by evolutionary analysis and synthetic biology in order to develop innovative strategies for the resource-saving enhancement of crop productivity. The research center was established in collaboration with Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and the Research Center Jülich (FZJ).
Center of Excellence for Social and Economic Behavior (C-SEB)
The Center of Excellence for Social and Economic Behavior (C-SEB) brings together leading researchers from economics, management science and psychology to investigate the mechanisms that affect social and economic behavior. Its aim is to develop an empirically based theory of the institutions that define economic incentives and of the conditions that influence information processing in social and economic contexts. Using behavioral economics and a social cognition approach, the center examines how these mechanisms can be designed and influenced. C-SEB seeks to build a bridge between laboratory research and real-world contexts in order to contribute to solutions to contemporary challenges in the economy.
Center of Excellence Quantum Matter and Materials (QM2)
The research of the Center of Excellence Quantum Matter and Materials (QM2) is driven both by the intellectual challenge the field offers and the promise for applications. Within QM2, researchers from the fields of mathematics, experimental and theoretical physics, inorganic and physical chemistry as well as crystallography collaborate to unravel the properties of quantum matter. Some of the research topics covered by QM2 are the mathematical structures underlying topological matter, the prospect of functionalizing “Dirac matter” like graphene, new states of matter arising from spin-orbit interactions, quantum matter far from thermal equilibrium, the use of nanostructured materials for a wide range of applications and the development of organic electronics.
Global South Studies Center (GSSC)
The Center of Excellence Global South Studies Center (GSSC) brings together research expertise on Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Global South is characterized by rapid social, economic, cultural and political change. The GSSC aims to understand the causes and consequences of these processes of change. Participating disciplines are for instance geography, cultural anthropology, history, sociolinguistics, area studies, Latin American history, Romance philology, Islamic studies, modern Chinese studies and African studies. A special focus of the GSSC is the close cooperation with partners from countries of the Global South. The center serves as an incubator for innovative joint research projects and offers a supportive academic environment for young researchers.
Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC)
The Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) is a biomedical research and educational center within the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Cologne.
The mission of the CMMC is to advance our current understanding of the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms of human diseases as a prelude to improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many common health problems.
Center for Organic Production Technologies North Rhine-Westphalia (COPT.NRW)
Cologne Center for Genomics (CCG)
The Cologne Center for Genomics (CCG) is a inter-faculty center for large scale technologies in genomics, supporting both groups from the medical and natural science faculties of the University of Cologne.
The center has a superior infrastructure for all kinds of sequencing, gene mapping and whole genome association studies in complex diseases as well as the validation of copy number variations. It offers various gene expression profiling platforms (Affymetrix, Illumina, ABI, Roche) that may be used for high-throughput production and cross platform validations. It is focusing on massive parallel DNA sequencing platforms, also called next generation sequencing, which have the potential to dramatically accelerate biological and medical research.