Predictability in Evolution

Collaborative Research Center 1310

Can we predict pathways and outcomes of future evolutionary processes? We work on this question in fast-evolving systems: microbial populations in the laboratory, viruses and immune repertoires, and cancer cell populations. We build high-throughput experiments and models to predict the evolution of drug resistance and immune escape in pathogens, and of the immune answer in their hosts. Applications include the design of antibiotics, of vaccines for influenza and coronavirus, and of therapies for HIV and cancer.

The Collaborative Research Center is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and was established in January 2018.

Science news

November 2022

We welcome Bahareh Bagheri, a new postdoc in the Bollenbach group

October 2022

We welcome Stephan Wimmi, a new postdoc in the Maier group

Next events

Delbrück Lecture by Jose Penades

22.11.2022        [pdf]

Redefining mobility in bacterial genetics and its impact on infectious disease

Cologne Evolution Colloquium by Ines Mandic-Mulec

23.11.2022        [pdf]

Kin discrimination alters bacterial exploitation and horizontal gene transfer

Delbrück Lecture by Terry Hwa

08.12.2022        [pdf]

Bacterial growth laws and the origin of dimensional reduction

Delbrück Lecture by Eduardo Rocha



Delbrück Lecture by Daniel Fisher



Delbrück Lecture by Kevin Foster