Epigenetics for all

An overarching aim of our scientific research is to have a positive impact on society; improving our understanding of complex biological processes that directly impact the lives of many and ultimately influencing public policy to ensure effective use of public funds and constant advancement of knowledge.

On this page you can find information on the societal impact of the work performed in the epigenetics@ HMGU community and the efforts made to optimize it further.


  • The LifeTime Ethics Stakeholder Workshop took place at the Stem Cell Centre of the Hemholtz Center Munich on 10 July 2019, that aimed to identify the potential ethical, legal and societal issues (ELSI) raised by the development of LifeTime technologies. 

    Dr. Till Bartke, the deputy director of the Institute of Functional Epigenetics (IFE) at the HMGU, was invited to this year’s “mamazone Projekt Diplompatientin®” seminar and explained how the DNA repair machinery might serve as a target for epigenetic cancer therapies in the future. For the full press release, go here.


    Maria Elena Torres-Padilla discusses the current state of the art in our understanding of embryonic development and the advancements brought about in recent years in The Scientist Magazine. 


    Magdalena Götz talks about nerve cell damage at Munich Science Day 2017


    Johannes Beckers discusses the influence of poor diet in the heredity of obesity.


    Maria Elena Torres-Padilla co-chairs at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2017


    The importance of funding basic research: If we don't change the way research is funded, we risk running out of drugs


    Rethinking the Genome: Epigenetics, Health and Society


  • Selected New Champion Maria Elena Torres-Padilla participates at World Economic Forum


    Horizon Research and Innovation: Solving the mysteries of miscarriage