About us

About Us

Biodiversity research, which has grown in importance, has so far been predominantly organismic and ecological. Major technical and methodological advances now help to make biodiversity research genomic and thus more application-oriented.

The LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (LOEWE TBG) aims to combine fundamental research on the genomes of a broad diversity of organisms with the development of applicable services and products. Accordingly, the central focus of LOEWE-TBG is to make genomic diversity accessible and usable as the baseline level of biodiversity for basic and applied research.

The LOEWE TBG laboratory centre and a bioinformatics unit provide a powerful infrastructure for the direct implementation of projects. Their results are made available to society via technology transfer and public relations.

Organisation structure

The inaugural steering committee of LOEWE-TBG:

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    • From left to right
    • Prof. Dr. Axel Janke (Speaker, Senckenberg),
    • Prof. Dr. Markus Pfenninger (Co-Initiator, Senckenberg),
    • PD Dr. Steffen Pauls (Co-Speaker, Senckenberg),
    • Prof. Dr. Ingo Ebersberger (Representative Comparative Genomics, Goethe-University),
    • Oliver Kreitinger (Representative of Administration, Senckenberg),
    • Dr. Carsten Nowak (Representative Genomic Biomonitoring, Senckenberg),
    • Dr. Julia Krohmer (Representative Translation, Senckenberg),
    • Dr. Miklós Bálint (Representative Functional Environmental Genomics, Senckenberg),
    • Prof. Dr. Klimpel (Representative of Goethe-University),
    • Prof. Dr. Böhning-Gaese (Representative of Senckenberg Board of Directors),
    • Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas (Representative of Justus-Liebig-University).


  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerd Geisslinger (Representative of Fraunhofer Institut for Molecular and Applied Ecology).


The LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics is initially funded by Hesse’s “state initiative for the development of scientific and economic excellence” (LOEWE initiative). Since 2008, the state of Hesse has been promoting outstanding future-oriented research projects with this excellence program. Since then, 16 LOEWE centers and 66 LOEWE priorities were selected for funding in competitive procedures (status 2020). ProLOEWE is the network of LOEWE research initiatives: They want to inform about their activities and intensify their cooperation.

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