Articulated in the current University Development Plan, the institutional identity of the Saarland University is defined according to three main areas of research and teaching: “NanoBioMed – Life and Matter”, “Computer Sciences” and “European Studies”. The NanoBioMed area is characterized by its emphasis on applied research conducted across several scientific networks clustered around Nano-Biotechnology, Human and Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine. The Competence Center Molecular Medicine (COMM) was established in 2006 in order to further strengthen the NanoBioMed area. It forms a roof structure for about 50 ambitious scientists who are conducting research in the field of Molecular Medicine.


COMM Structure



Most of the COMM members belong to the clinical and preclinical departments of the School of Medicine on the University Campus in Homburg. In addition, a number of scientists from the Faculties of Natural Sciences & Technology and Mathematics & Computer Science are included in the center. Learn more



The overall research focus of the COMM members is on Molecular Signalling (how do cells perceive stimuli and how does the information get inside the cell and lead to reactions), Molecular Therapy Strategies (identification of new molecular targets for drug attacks), and Biomedical Modelling (development of computer-assisted models for a better understanding of biological, physical and chemical processes without animal testing). Learn more


Research Networks

A remarkable number of Research Networks is currently pooled in the COMM. Three Research Centers offer optimal framework conditions for multidisciplinary cooperation to investigate defects of cellular signal processing in various diseases. Learn more