Time measurement in biological systems
A major part of our research concerns the molecular mechanism of biological circadian clocks. Circadian (circa = about; diem = day) clocks exist from cyanobacteria to humans and control numerous cellular processes. The endogenous period varies slightly in each organism, but it is always in the range of 24 hours. The endogenous clock is adjusted during the day by so called "Zeitgeber". The most important "Zeitgebers" are light-dark as well as temperature cycles.
We participate in the following large scale projects:
DGF-Research Group 1261 (Speaker: Maria Mittag) - http://www.uni-jena.de/en/DFG_Research__Group_1261.html
SFB 1127- http://www.chembiosys.de/en/