Max Planck Institute for Informatics

Department of Computational Biology

The Max Planck Society is the premier basic research branch in Germany. The Max Planck Institute for Informatics is devoted to Computer Science and Information Technology. In 2001, the institute established a Computational Biology department under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lengauer.

Current research activities of the department address topics from medical bioinformatics, with a focus on viral infections (HIV, HCV), polygenic diseases and cancer. Methods work covers the prediction and analysis of protein structure and function, the analysis of protein-ligand interactions (molecular docking) and the functional analysis of high-through genomic and proteomic datasets. On this foundation, the department has recently established a research initiative on computational epigenetics, addressing the growing interest in deciphering the role of epigenetic regulation in development and disease using bioinformatic methods.

The Department of Computational Biology at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics is a partner in a larger Computational Biology Center in Saarbrücken (, together with groups from the University of the Saarland, where several curricula in Computational Biology are being offered. Furthermore, the department cooperates with other Max Planck Institutes, notably in the areas of biology and medicine as well as with universities, genome centers, and pharmaceutical / biotech companies.


Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Department of Computational Biology
Campus E1 4
66123 Saarbrücken
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