The Beckmann group is part of the IRI for the Life Sciences. The IRI has been founded in 2013 as embedded institute between the Humboldt University Berlin, the Charité University Clinic and the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine; focusing on biomedical research.

Our group is working on molecular infection biology to understand the interaction of pathogenic bacteria and their host cells. Our particular focus is on RNA-protein interactions during infection. Head over to our Research page to learn more about our interests.

We are well connected with collaborating groups in Berlin and abroad that share our interest to understand RNA-protein interactions on a systems biology level.

We are located at the Campus HU Nord in the heart of Berlin. The campus is adjacent to the Charité as well as the BIMSB (MDC) which allows us to interact and work on all aspects of modern biomedical research – from systems biology to patients.

The IRI itself offers a huge spectrum of opportunities for scientists. Young researchers are welcome to join the IRI graduate program for a structured doctorate with many benefits such as travel grants for conferences, workshop attendance, softskill courses, etc. The IRI has established collaborations between different groups at the Humboldt University, the Charité Hospital and the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine allowing its researchers to gain access to facilities, special equipment and many biological and medical samples.




We are collaborating with a variety of groups:

  • Sander Granneman, Edinburgh University, UK
    The Granneman lab is studying post-transcriptional networks in bacterial infection.
  • Bruno Galy, DKFZ Heidelberg, Germany
    The Galy lab studies iron regulation in the context of infection and cancer.
  • Florian Heyd, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    Florian Heyds group investigates alternative splicing and circadian rhythm.
  • Jan Medenbach, University Regensburg, Germany
    The Medenbach lab focuses on post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression.
  • Matthias Selbach, MDC Berlin, Germany
    The Selbach lab is specialised in cell signalling and mass spectrometry.