Core Facilites and Core Services

At the beginning of 2016, a “core” structure was put into effect that organized facility and service units as independent organizational entities from FLI’s research groups. A number of technology platforms (e.g. sequencing, mass spectrometry) grew out of individual methodological requirements for single research groups in the last years but developed into semiautonomous substructures. As consequence of re-focused research activities and the concomitant advent of new research groups at FLI, those units increasingly had to serve many FLI groups and collaborative research efforts in the Jena research area.

To accommodate this development and to increase efficiency as well as transparency for users, facility personnel and for administrative processes, it came natural to re-organize such activities into independent units as “FLI Core Facilities and Services” and to phase out infrastructures considered non-essential for FLI’s research focus (X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy).

FLI’s Core Facilities (CF) are managed by a CF Manager and are each scientifically guided in their activities and development by an FLI Group Leader, as Scientific Supervisor. The animal facilities comprising fish, mouse and transgenesis are run separately, as they involve a more complex organizational structure. Basic Core Services (CS) are directly led by the Head of Core (HC), who in turn is supported by individual CS Managers.

All facilities and services, including animal facilities, have a valuable contribution to FLI’s research articles; e.g. from 2016–2018, to 54% of all peer reviewed research publications. 

Overview Core Facilities and Core Services at FLI.


(since 2016)


  • INHBA is enriched in HPV-negative oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma and promotes cancer progression.
    Abou Kors T, Hofmann L, Betzler A, Payer K, Bens M, Truong J, von Witzleben A, Thomas J, Kraus JM, Kalaajieh R, Huber D, Ezić J, Benckendorff J, Greve J, Schuler PJ, Ottensmeier CH, Kestler HA, Hoffmann TK, Theodoraki MN, Brunner C, Laban S
    Cancer Res Commun 2024 (epub ahead of print)
  • IER3IP1-mutations cause microcephaly by selective inhibition of ER-Golgi transport
    Anitei M, Bruno F, Valkova C, Dau T, Cirri E, Mestres Lascano I, Calegari F, Kaether C
    bioRxiv 2024,
  • Metabolic modeling reveals the aging-associated decline of host-microbiome metabolic interactions in mice
    Best L, Dost T, Esser D, Flor S, Haase M, Kadibalban AS, Marinos G, Walker A, Zimmermann J, Simon R, Schmidt S, Taubenheim J, Künzel S, Häsler R, Groth M, Waschina S, W.Witte O, Schmitt-Kopplin P, F.Baines J, Frahm C, Kaleta C
    bioRxiv 2024,
  • Master corepressor inactivation through multivalent SLiM-induced polymerization mediated by the oncogene suppressor RAI2.
    Goradia N, Werner S, Mullapudi E, Greimeier S, Bergmann L, Lang A, Mertens H, Węglarz A, Sander S, Chojnowski G, Wikman H, Ohlenschläger O, von Amsberg G, Pantel K, Wilmanns M
    Nat Commun 2024, 15(1), 5241
  • Impact of inflammatory preconditioning on murine microglial proteome response induced by focal ischemic brain injury.
    Helbing DL, Haas F, Cirri E, Rahnis N, Dau TTD, Kelmer Sacramento E, Oraha N, Böhm L, Lajqi T, Fehringer P, Morrison H, Bauer R
    Front Immunol 2024, 15, 1227355
  • Denervation alters the secretome of myofibers and thereby affects muscle stem cell lineage progression and functionality.
    Henze H, Hüttner SS, Koch P, Schüler SC, Groth M, von Eyss B, von Maltzahn J
    NPJ Regen Med 2024, 9(1), 10
  • Acetylation-induced proteasomal degradation of the activated glucocorticoid receptor limits hormonal signaling.
    Iyer-Bierhoff A, Wieczorek M, Peter SM, Ward D, Bens M, Vettorazzi S, Guehrs KH, Tuckermann JP, Heinzel T
    iScience 2024, 27(2), 108943
  • Nonlinear DNA methylation trajectories in aging male mice.
    Olecka* M, van Bömmel* A, Best L, Haase M, Foerste S, Riege K, Dost T, Flor S, Witte OW, Franzenburg S, Groth M, von Eyss B, Kaleta C, Frahm C, Hoffmann S
    Nat Commun 2024, 15(1), 3074 * equal contribution
  • Reducing the metabolic burden of rRNA synthesis promotes healthy longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans.
    Sharifi* S, Chaudhari* P, Martirosyan A, Eberhardt AO, Witt F, Gollowitzer A, Lange L, Woitzat Y, Okoli EM, Li H, Rahnis N, Kirkpatrick J, Werz O, Ori A, Koeberle A, Bierhoff** H, Ermolaeva** M
    Nat Commun 2024, 15(1), 1702 * equal contribution, ** co-corresponding authors
  • Leiomodin 1 promotes myogenic differentiation by modulating Sirtuin 1
    Späth* E, C.Schüler* S, Heinze I, Dau T, Minetti A, Hofmann M, von Maltzahn** J, Ori** A
    bioRxiv 2024, * equal contribution, ** co-corresponding authors