About Us

The IFE sees itself as a driver in establishing epigenetics and stem cell research at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. With this focus, it aims to bridge a range of topics including stem cell biology and environmental and metabolic impacts on the (epi)genome, and hence contribute to the broader strategic lines of the Center. 

While pursuing its dedicated research, several bridging actions of strategic importance are under way to develop a highly dynamic and cutting edge research environment in the fields of stem cells and epigenetics.


Profiling Epigenetics and Stem Cell Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München

The IFE and the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells (IES) work together to bring high-profile scientific conferences to the Helmholtz Zentrum München.  The first 3-day meeting, organized together with Abcam, was held on the Neuherberg campus in April 2017. Featuring Nobel laureate Professor Sir John Gurdon and a host of experts from around the world, the meeting inspired members of the international community to share their work and discuss the latest advances in epigenetics and stem cell research.


Creating a strong epigenetics community at Helmholtz Zentrum München and in Munich, the Institutes, together with Abcam, have launched a brand new series of meetings focusing on epigenetics research.  The half-day set-up serves to stimulate discussion and promote collaborative interactions among local researchers at all stages of their career.


Independent Junior Group Leader recruitment campaign

The IFE has joined forces with the IES to set up a Junior Group Leader recruitment campaign. Several positions in the areas of epigenetics and chromatin biology, in particular environment-epigenome interactions, cellular plasticity and potency will be available to complement current research and bridge out in new research directions. It is expected that the new recruits will set up their individual research programs and establish synergies within the scientific framework of both Institutes and within the Helmholtz Zentrum München at large.


Promoting Epigenetics Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München

As initiator of an internship program in Epigenetics, Cellular Plasticity and Stem Cells, the IFE will engage with several other Institutes across the Helmholtz Zentrum München to welcome highly talented and motivated undergraduate students for a period of 6-8 weeks during the summer. The students will to work on cutting-edge projects and experience life in a highly stimulating research environment.

For more information on the Summer Internship Programme, click here