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Focus of Interest: Membrane Plasticity

The graduate school analyzes dynamic processes at the cell membrane as an interface for cell-cell communication. The term “membrane plasticity” is thereby used to reflect morphological changes in response to cell-cell communication. The focus is on membrane receptor and adhesion complexes, as well as cytoskeletal cues as motors of membrane plasticity. The graduate school uses an innovative, integrated approach as the molecular mechanisms of membrane plasticity are being analyzed not only from a pure cell biology point of view, but also consider embryonic development, reorganization during metamorphosis or morphogenesis and disease-related morphogenetic processes