The Center for Molecular Biomedicine (CMB) is an interfaculty association of institutes of the School of Medicine and the School of Biology and Pharmacy. This alliance, established in 2002, was a logical consequence of the rapid development in modern Biology and Medicine during the past decades with its increased demand for interdisciplinary research. Located at the Beutenberg Campus, the CMB acts as a core of the research network “Molecular Biology and Medicine” at the Friedrich Schiller University and in the region of Jena.
The CMB aims to foster basic research in biomedical sciences, but also seeks to contribute to the development of novel molecular approaches for diagnosis and therapy of diseases. The integrative concept of the CMB includes joined research and teaching activities as well as a regional network of cooperation with other research groups in the fields of molecular biology and molecular medicine. In close cooperation with medical institutes and clinics, institutes of the School of Biology and Pharmacy, the Leibniz Institute for Age Research (FLI), and the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (HKI) the centre develops initiatives on applied research, amongst others related to drug development and molecular diagnostics.
Another important issue of the centre is the development and design of a modern and interdisciplinary teaching concept in the fields of molecular and cellular biomedicine at the School of Medicine and the School of Biology and Pharmacy.
The CMB comprises the Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and the Institute for Biochemistry and Biophysics, which includes the Department of Biochemistry, the Department of Biophysics, and the Laboratory of Cell Biology.