Understanding the genomic basis of biodiversity

Biodiversity is one of the foundations of our lives. The LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics focusses on the genetic basis of biological diversity to make it accessible for basic and applied research. We sequence and study genomic variation across the Tree of Life to understand the origin and functional adaptations of diversity from genes to ecosystems (Comparative Genomics). The data will address societal knowledge demands in applied fields, such as the genomic basis of biologically active substances (Natural Products Genomics), and the sustainable use and management of biological resources (Genomic Biomonitoring; Functional Environmental Genomics). The joint-venture LOEWE-TBG has been initiated by the Senckenberg Nature Research Society, the Goethe University Frankfurt, the Justus Liebig University Gießen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and is initially funded by the LOEWE programme of the State of Hesse, Germany.

LOEWE Research Centre


LOEWE-Zentrum für Translationale Biodiversitätsgenomik (TBG)
Georg-Voigt-Straße 14-16, 60325 Frankfurt am Main (visitors)
Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main (mail)


Senckenberg Nature Research Society (Lead)
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Justus Liebig University Gießen
Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME


Prof. Dr. Axel Janke and Prof. Dr. Steffen Pauls,
Senckenberg Nature Research Society and Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
axel.janke@senckenberg.de ; steffen.pauls@senckenberg.de

Public Relations

Stephanie Mayer-Bömoser, M.A.
Tel. +49 69 7542-1840


Since 2008 the German State of Hessen has been promoting outstanding research initiatives through its own excellence programme, LOEWE. To date, 14 LOEWE research centres and 54 LOEWE research clusters have been selected in a competitive process to receive funding.​ProLOEWE is the LOEWE research initiatives network: their common aim is to provide information about their activities, speed up access to their research and intensify their cooperation. An overview of the LOEWE research initiatives is provided at www.proloewe.de