Mission Statement

The long-term goal of our research is to understand both the molecular mechanisms and the evolution of adaptive traits. To this end, we are using both phenotype-first and genotype-first approaches to identify genetic variants with a potential role in local, regional or global adaptation. Such studies benefit tremendously from knowledge about the genomes of other species, as well from a historical perspective that exploits ancient DNA methods to unlock the knowledge stored in herbaria. One of our lines of research, on fitness tradeoffs, is now being supported through a grant from the ERC. You can read the application here.
Apart from scientific discoveries, training the next generation of leaders in the field is very important to us. Many former members have established successful careers, and several have won major scientific prizes and awards. There is a range of exciting opportunities to perform cutting-edge work in the department, and we are always interested in hearing from undergraduates, PhD students and postdocs who want to be part of our team.

Watch the movie ‘Introduction to the Weigel lab’ that George produced for our eLife Twitter takeover in 2014: 

Lab Life

Life in Weigelworld is much more than just lab science! 

It has become a tradition to shoot a sort-of-lab-related movie towards the end of every year. Watch the latest clips here:

2012 Weigel Style
2013 What does the plant say?
2015 Shake it off

Every two years, we go for a two-day lab retreat to discuss future research directions in the department. Here are some scientific and non-scientific impressions:

  • Weigelworld 2015

  • Retreat 2015 Audience

  • Retreat 2015 Wangsheng during discussions

  • Retreat 2015 Mountain top

  • Retreat 2015 Farewell Congmao

  • Retreat 2015 Evening soccer

  • Retreat 2015 Metagenomics discussion

  • Retreat 2015 Detlef

  • Retreat 2015 Dan playing football

  • Retreat 2015 Dino’s talk

  • Retreat 2015 Jeff and Detlef at lunch

  • Retreat 2015 Danelle during discussions

  • Retreat 2015 Window to our rooms

  • Retreat 2015 Afternoon rest

  • Retreat 2015 At the bar

  • Retreat 2013 Claude’s presentation

  • Retreat 2013 Discussions

  • Retreat 2013 Discussions

  • Weigelworld 2013

  • Retreat 2013 Waterfalls

  • Retreat 2013 At the bar

  • Retreat 2013 Bad Urach Stift

Our beautiful campus provides nice settings for BBQs and beers hours during the warm and cold months of the year! Some pictures:

  • 2016 BBQ

  • 2015 Lab Dance

  • 2015 Sunny day

  • 2010 Running Team - Korbinian, David, Felipe, Roosa

  • 2010 Cheers - Felipe, Nati, Dan

  • 2006 Holiday Party - Norman very focused

  • 2013 Arabidopsis Conference in Sydney - Alumni reunion

  • 2008 BBQ - Sascha, Wolfgang, Korbinian

  • 2013 Crazy Scientists

  • 2012 Celebration - Congmao, George, Chang, Jonas

  • 2012 Lab Illumination - Tobi, Manuela, Jathish, Hernán

  • 2015 Sunny Day

  • Diep's Artwork

  • 2013 Crazy Scientists

  • 2008 BBQ Felipe, Markus, Korbinian

  • 2008 BBQ

  • 2008 Holiday Party Sparkling lights

  • 2008 Holiday Party Detlef’s birthday cake

  • 2008 Holiday Party Christa, Markus, Hülya, Nacho

  • 2009 Excursion Christa, Janina, Margarete, Eshita

  • 2009 Excursion Hülya and Detlef

  • 2010 Holiday Party Subu, David, Pablo

  • 2010 Holiday Party Tobi, Carmen, Anusha

  • 2014 BBQ Cris, Giovanna

  • Detlef’s 50th Birthday Party Auditorium

  • Detlef’s 50th Birthday Party

  • 2013 Farewell Party Subu, Patricia, Eshita

  • 2012 BBQ Daniela, Mike, Danelle, Tara

  • 2012 Holiday Party Cris, Patricia, Diep, Euncheon

  • 2012 BBQ Dan, Detlef, Jorge

  • 2004 Arabidopsis meeting Berlin

  • 2003 Holiday Party Anandita, Min-Chul, Sandip

  • 2003 Holiday Party Orchestra

  • 2003 Thanksgiving

  • 2013 Farewell Party Silvio, Emanuele, Giovanna

  • 2013 Markus' Habilitation - Joffrey, Rebecca, Markus

  • 2014 BBQ

  • 2014 BBQ Claude, Tobi

Some of our (recent) graduates:

  • Dr. Patricia Lang
    (2016)

  • Dr. Maricris Zaidem
    (2016)

  • Dr. Jorge Kageyama
    (2016)

  • Dr. Diep Tran
    (2016)

  • Dr. EunCheon Lim
    (2016)

  • Dr. Danelle Seymour
    (2016)

  • Dr. Dominik Grimm
    (2015)

  • Dr. Jörg Hagmann
    (2015)

  • Dr. Subhashini Muralidharan
    (2015)

  • Dr. Verena Kottler
    (2015)

  • Dr. Eshita Sharma
    (2015)

  • Dr. Jathish Ponnu
    (2014)

  • Dr. William Wing-Ho Ho
    (2013)

  • Dr. Anusha Srikanth
    (2012)

  • Dr. Norman Warthmann
    (2012)

  • Dr. Korbinian Schneeberger
    (2011)

  • Dr. Felipe Felippes
    (2010)

  • Dr. Marco Todesco
    (2010)

  • Dr. Schallum Werner
    (2010)

  • Dr. Heike Wollmann
    (2009)

  • Dr. Wolfgang Busch
    (2008)

  • Dr. Janne Lempe
    (2007)

  • Dr. Rebecca Schwab
    (2006)