Interdisciplinary Centre
for Bioinformatics

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The Interdisciplinary Centre for Bioinformatics (IZBI) was established as a central facility of the university. The IZBI possesses its own staff, location and administration. IZBI employs a core research staff, one junior research group, temporary staff for task forces and Ph.D. students. The centre offers its partners support for selected joint research and development projects. Service projects (e.g. for data analyses or database developments) are handled on a consultancy or contract basis.


Any researcher from the university (including the IZBI members) and the supporting MPIs can submit a project proposal at any time. The projects selected will be supported whenever possible with IZBI funds.

IZBI is designed to support cooperating scientists on a project basis. Projects can be either research projects (aiming at a scientific result) or service projects (aiming at providing a technology or a routine data management and analysis).

A project is headed by a principal investigator (PI).

For each project we request a project proposal detailing

  • the objective and the working plan
  • the project team (including responsibilities of IZBI staff and of the staff from the participating partners)
  • and the budget plan (IZBI resources required, other resources, grants)

Depending on the complexity of the task IZBI can support the project with resources ranging from a short term student employment, a temporary task force effort, to a full scale team involving several experts for many months.

The scientific coordinators will discuss quality, feasibility and compatibility of the project proposals with the PI.
The board of directors (and external reviewers) evaluate the proposals. Scientific quality, consistency with the research profile and financial feasibility are key criteria for the decision to support a project.

Board of Directors

  • Prof. Dr. Markus Löffler (Biometrie, Statistik), scientific Director of IZBI
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jost (MPI MIS)
  • Prof. Dr. Erhard Rahm (Informatik, Datenbanken)
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Schlegel (Biowissenschaften)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Stadler (Bioinformatik)