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Research Centre (SFB)
Basic and clinical reproductive research, involving DFG-funded collaborative endeavours, has a long tradition in Münster.
Since 2017, we have been investigating the genetics and function of male germ cells within the Clinical DFG-Research Unit (CRU) 326 “Male Germ Cells: from Genes to Function”. The CRU326 combines research in cell biology, physiology, epi-/genetics and bioinformatics, aiming on the translation of basic knowledge into the clinics and vice versa. To this end, biologists, biochemists, bioinformaticians, physicists and physicians from various institutes and clinics of the Medical Faculty and the Max-Planck-Institute have joined forces.
Using the CRU326 as a blueprint, we want to establish in the next step a local SFB, which investigates in multidisciplinary projects the function of male and female germ cells, the fertilization process and embryonic development, as well as the cell and organ systems involved in reproduction at different stages of our life cycle. Projects may use a variety of model systems, including, for example, fish, flies, and flagellates. In addition, one to three core projects will provide technologies that many projects within the SFB can draw on.
The SFB is to follow the CRU326, which expires 2023, allowing to conduct innovative and long-term research projects as well as implementing structural measures that are required to further develop our research focus at the WWU. The aim is to develop Münster in the medium and long term into the leading international location for excellent reproductive research.
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