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Research Environment

Here, you can find information about the lab including its research facilities and surrounding, and about the university medical center.

  • The Lab

    Our BSL2-labsuite consists of rooms for cell- and bacteria culture, RNA biology, microscopy, and standard molecular biology/biochemistry. It contains equipment for next-generation sequencing, Taqman® low density arrays, flow cytometry, Luminex® bead arrays, ion-mobility spectrometry, fluorescence video-microscopy, RT-PCR, qPCR, Western blot, colorimetric and fluorimetric assays. In addition, we have access to a robotic platform with automated microscopy and a multi-target reader, and the clinical pulmonological laboratory.

    The lab is located in a state-of-the-art biomedical research center (BMFZ) with labs and animal facilities from BSL1 to BSL4. It provides core units for FACS-sorting, electron microscopy, radionuclide work, small animal imaging (MRT), as well as conference and teaching suits. We ourselves provide a core facility for bacterial vesicles.

    Our neighbours are the institutes for immunology, microbiology, and virology, and a newly constructed building with cores for life-cell microscopy, and the genomics unit with an RNAi-screening platform.

  • The University Medical Center

    UKGM Medical Center is one of the biggest academic hospitals in Germany with two sites, in Giessen and in Marburg, all medical sub-specialities, and a strong health care system, including Kerckhoff Clinic in Bad Nauheim and many community hospitals covering the whole area.
    Pulmonary services within the Universities of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC) comprise a broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient facilities as well as clinical research, including neonatal intensive care, a successful lung transplant programme, an ARDS treatment center, and special clinics for cystic fibrosis, alpha1-antitrypsin-deficiancy, (pediatric) allergology, COPD, asthma, sleep medicine etc.

    Prof. Dr. Bernd Schmeck as the head of the Institute for Lung Research is also the founding member of the Behring Center for translational inflammation research located at the UKGM.