The Department of Microbial Population Biology (MPB) was established in March 2018 at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in the town of Plön, which sits in the heart of the Holsteinischen Schweiz nature area in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein.  The Institute provides a unique opportunity to study and work in a collaborative atmosphere, supported by excellent funding and facilities, and in an idyllic setting.

The department is headed by Paul Rainey who also heads the Laboratory for Evolutionary Genetics at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI Paris).

If you are curious, self-motivated, broad-thinking and interested in working in microbial population biology, then contact us, but firstly read about our research and our approach to doing science.

Seminar by Prof. Søren Molin

Survival strategies in bacterial populations during persistent lung infections Abstract: Patients suffering from the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis (CF) are…

Liu Ming visits from Guangdong

This month we welcome Liu Ming from the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Liu is here for six months to…
The adaptive wrinkled colony type of Pseudomonas fluorescens.

A model for predicting evolution

Scientists predict the frequency and location of mutations that allow a bacterium to adapt to new environmental conditions. Go to…
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