The Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD) is an initiative of the Max-Planck Society in collaboration with the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the eleven German Excellence Universities. It was started in 2010 by the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) with the generous support of the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts, the BMBF, and the Klaus Tschira Stiftung. The center was built on the joint interdisciplinary research program between MPI-CBG and MPI-PKS.
The center will be housed in a new building on the MPI-CBG campus in the immediate vicinity of the University Clinic, the Center for Regenerative Therapies (CRTD), the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) of TUD, the Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (CMCB), and the B CUBE. The ground breaking for the building was in Fall of 2014 and the building will be ready for occupancy in March 2017 at which time it will house the various groups above along with additional independent research groups. The building will feature optics suites for custom microscopy, server rooms for our state-of-the-art compute cluster, an immersive visualization cave, and 10G cabling throughout. The center is further being connected to the Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing of TUD through a 10x10G redundant link to provide fast access to their high-performance compute clusters with tens of thousands of cores. A current image of the construction site is below.
The full organizational structure of the center is already in place including operating steering and executive committees. The center has core members from the two Max Planck institutes that will work within the new building, a collection of collaborating affiliates, and a broader circle of partners. If you are interested in being involved please contact us.
In addition to its research activities, the center runs a Ph.D. funding program through the International Max Planck Research School for Cell, Developmental and Systems Biology (IMPRS-CellDevoSys) and further offers postdoc fellowships through its ELBE Postdoc program.