Welcome to the eilslabs

The eilslabs form a joint research group between the division "Theoretical Bioinformatics" at the German Cancer Research Center (dkfz) and the department Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics at the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology (IPMB) at Heidelberg University. The group is headed by Prof. Roland Eils.


iGEM Logo21655165448 5b43478184 zThe eilslabs have organized all Heidelberg contributions to the iGEM competition, the largest student competition in synthetic biology run by the MIT in Cambridge.



iGEM@eilslabs 2015: iGEM Team Heidelberg 2015 - "Catch it if you can"

In 2015, the Heidelberg team focussed on the application of functional nucleic acids for synthetic biology. With their project entitled "Catch it if you can", they were able to reach the final of the giant Jamboree in Boston for a third time in a row.

Please find out more about the team here:

 The team's successes:

  • Finalist, Undergrad
  • Second Runner Up, Undergrad
  • Best Foundational Advance Project
  • Best Poster, Undergrad
  • iGEMers Prize

iGEM@eilslabs 2014: iGEM Team Heidelberg2014: The Ring of Fire wins Grand Prize again

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In 2014, another iGEM-team is run by Barbara Di Ventura and Roland Eils from the eilslabs. This year's project entitled "The Ring of Fire" focuses on inteins as a tool for protein circulization and their potential for synthetic biology.

Please find out more on the project here:

 The team's successes:

  • Best Supporting Software, Undergrad
  • Best Foundational Advance Project, Undergrad
  • iGEMers Prize
  • Finalist, Undergrad
  • Grand Prize Winner, Undergrad


The Philosopher's Stone - iGEM Team Heidelberg 2013 - Grand Prize Winner 2013 Undergrad

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In 2013, Barbara Di Ventura and Roland Eils have once again mentored a project. The 2013 project is entitled "The Philospher's Stone" and focusses on applications of non-ribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS).

To find out more, go to the team's wiki at http://2013.igem.org/Team:Heidelberg

iGEM Heidelberg on Youtube


The team's successes:11052669244_278f6c4ce8_o

  • Advance to Championship
  • Best Poster, Europe
  • Grand Prize Winner, Undergrad
  • Best Foundational Advance Project, Undergrad
  • Finalist, Undergrad

News on iGEM 2013:




Wiki: http://2010.igem.org/Team:Heidelberg

Accomplishments: Gold Medal


2010 - Weimar-Heidelberg-Arts: Supercell.org




Wiki: http://2009.igem.org/Team:Heidelberg

Accomplishments: First Runner-Up, Winner of the PoPS Prize, Finalist, Best Wiki, Best New Standard, Gold Medal



Wiki-Link: http://2008.igem.org/Team:Heidelberg

Accomplishments: Best Human Practices Advance, Best Poster, Best Presentation, Gold Medal