We seek to uncover how the information encoded by multiple distinct signalling molecules is combined and contextualised, and thus integrated with other fundamental processes such as the cell’s metabolism. This integration of signals is a key process of life that ensures proper development, function and maintenance of cells and organs, and enables cells to adapt to a changing environment. By examining the integration of signalling processes with cutting-edge technologies across biological scales – from individual molecules and cells to whole tissues and organs – we define new concepts in signalling research.
“How do signals orchestrate multicellular life
in humans, animals and plants?”
Moreover, we strive to communicate in the language of life by engineering signalling processes and developing strategies to precisely control them with light - using optogenetics - or with small active compounds. Ultimately, our aim is to develop innovations to meet global challenges in biomedicine and plant sciences. In order to turn this vision to reality, CIBSS brings together experts from the life sciences, chemistry, medicine, computer science, engineering, philosophy and law – transcending disciplines to create a research environment that catalyses discovery and innovation.