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Over the last decades, biology has developed from a mainly descriptive to a more analytical science. New connections with physics, chemistry, mathematics, and medicine have been forged, and theoretical biology has become a discipline in its own right. The aim of the Institute for Theoretical Biology is to advance research and education of theoretical concepts in biology.

The Institute for Theoretical Biology is part of the Department of Biology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and also part of Berlin's medical school Charité. It provides an interdisciplinary environment currently housing ten research groups working on a broad range of topics, such as the dynamics of molecular networks within cells, neuroscience, the evolution of organisms, and spreading of diseases.

The Institute for Theoretical Biology is located in the Center of the City in two buildings that are in close proximity to each other.

  • ITB meeting, Tuesday

The 3-year research project “Delineating and testing a microcircuit model of parahippocampal phase precession” is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) within the Priority Program 1665 (Schwerpunktprogramm) “Resolving and manipulating neuronal networks in the mammalian brain – from correlative to causal analysis”. The project will start in November 2016. Collaborators are Prof. Michael Brecht (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Prof. Dietmar Schmitz (Charité), and Prof. Richard Kempter (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). Further details can be found at

The 3-year research project “Field potentials in the auditory system” is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). This “US-American - German Collaboration in Computational Neuroscience” started in April 2016. Collaborators are Prof. Catherine E. Carr (University of Maryland), Prof. Christine Köppl (Universität Oldenburg), and Prof. Richard Kempter (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). Further details can be found at

Prof Werner Ebeling Honorary Colloquium “Irreversible Processes and Selforganization” on occasion of his 80th birthday taking place at 21st of October, 2016 at 2pm in the Institute of Theoretical Biology, house 04 of “Campus Nord” of Humboldt University at Berlin


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