A trademark of JMU is the formation of interdisciplinary research centres such as the Biocentre, founded as the first of its kind in Germany in 1993, where groups from biology, medicine, and chemistry jointly investigate topical questions in biomedicine with a focus on cancer and infection.
This successful structural approach has been continuously expanded, resulting in many highly visible institutions, e.g. the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases, also established in 1993, the Rudolf Virchow Centre for Experimental Biomedicine (founded in 2002), and the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Research Centre (founded in 2006), which integrates groups from the natural and life sciences working on nanotechnology and nanoscience.
To support early translation, new centers in the life sciences such as the Comprehensive Heart Failure Centre (2010), the Comprehensive Cancer Centre (2011), the Centre for Mental Health (2016), and the Centre for Personalized Immune Therapy (2016) involve tight collaborations between biomedical groups at the university and clinicians at the university hospital. In the natural sciences, the most recent additions to JMU’s array of interdisciplinary research centers are the Institute for Topological Insulators and the Centre for Nanosystems Chemistry, both set up in 2016.
JMU’s research profile is further strengthened by recent partnerships with the Helmholtz Association and the Max Planck Society: A Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based infection research began operation in spring 2017; the Max Planck Research Group “Systems Immunology” will become operational in June 2017. Both institutes will be located at JMU’s biomedical campus. The university also closely cooperates with local institutes of the Fraunhofer Society (Silicate Research) and of the Bavarian Centre for Applied Energy Research.
Research Centres (with University Hospital)
Biology and Chemistry
Biology and Medicine
- Centre for Biology
- Comprehensive Cancer Centre
- Comprehensive Heart Failure Centre
- Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research
- Rudolf Virchow Center for Experimental Biomedicine
- Zentrum für Personalisierte Molekulare Immuntherapie
Chemistry and Medicine
Chemistry and Physics
- Institute for Topological Insulators
- Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Research Centre for Complex Material Systems
History and Cultural Studies
Computer Science, Law and Psychology
- IFEX – Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Extraterrestrial Studies
- IZVW - Centre for Traffic Sciences
- Adaptive Robotics Centre
Pedagogy and Geography
- Mathematisch-Informationstechnologisches und Naturwissenschaftliches Didaktik-Center (MIND-Centre)
- Centre for Teacher-Training and Educational Research
- Centre for Regional Research
Psychology and Medicine
Research Centres (Faculties)
Natural Science and Technology
- Center for Nanosystems Chemistry (CNC)
- Human Dynamics Centre (HDC)
- Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology (CCTB)
External Research Centres
- Bavarian Centre for Applied Energy Research
- Research Centre Magnetic Resonance Bavaria (MRB) e.V.
- Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS)
- Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC)
- Fraunhofer Translational Centre "Regenerative Therapies"
- Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based infection research (HiRi)
- Max Planck Research Group for Systems Immunology