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Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin
Forschung / Research
Research Studium Institute Einrichtungen

Research of our faculty includes a broad spectrum of fields, such as Biomedicine, Cellular and Structural Biochemistry and Biophysics, Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Ecology and Evolution, and Neurobiology. Using a variety of modern technologies, it spans biological scales from single molecules to intact cells, tissues, and various living organisms. This multifaceted research community creates an exciting and stimulating environment for teaching in the biological and biomedical sciences.


Collaborative research

Research gropus (SFB, Forschergruppen) and Research Centers

Collaborative research centeres (SFB)

Sonderforschungsbereich 699
Strukturelle, physiologische und molekulare Grundlagen der Nierenfunktion

Sonderforschungsbereich 924
Molecular mechanisms regulating yield and yield stability in plants

Sonderforschungsbereich 960
Die Bildung von Ribosomen : Grundlagen der RNP-Biogenese und Kontrolle ihrer Funktion


Research Groups (Forschergruppen)
Forschergruppe 1075
Regulation und Pathologie von homöostatischen Prozessen der visuellen Funktion

Research Centers

Archaeacenter

Biochemistry-Center Regensburg (BZR)


Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs)

Graduiertenkolleg 640
Sensory photoreceptors in natural and artificial systems

Graduiertenkolleg 638
Nonlinearity and nonequilibrium in condensed matter
Graduiertenkolleg 960
Graduate Research Academy RNA Biology
Graduiertenkolleg 760
Medicinal Chemistry: Molecular Recognition - Ligand-Receptor Interactions


Regensburg Center of Neuroscience (RCN)


Research in individual research groups (topics)

Anatomy and Physiology

Sascha Bandulik
Molecular pathophysiology of the adrenal cortex
We are interested in the physiological regulation of aldosterone synthesis and its cellular pathology.
Barbara Braunger
Neuroprotection and Angiogenesis in the Eye
Wolf Hayo Castrop
Rudolf Fuchshofer
Regulation der extrazellulären Matrix
 
Klaus Höcherl
Physiologische Funktion von Prostanoiden
Michael Krahn
Cell polarity
Our research focus is on the establishment and maintenance of (apical-basal) polarity in;epithelia and neural stem cells;and how polarity is linked to cell proliferation control
Karl Kunzelmann
Ionentransport beim Gesunden und Kranken
Armin Kurtz
Renin producing cells of the kidney
How is the development, differentiation and function of renin producing cells in the kidney regulated and coordinated and how are the cell integrated into the blood pressure control of the body . Read more….
Will W. Minuth
Repair of diseased renal parenchyma.
Survival of implanted stem/progenitor cells in diseased renal parenchyma is limited. To overcome this problem, basics for a new implantation technique are under development.
Andreas Ohlmann
Neuroprotektion
Markus Reichold
Pathophysiologie des tubulären Transports in der Niere
Rainer Schreiber
Ano 6 and kidney function
Calcium-activated chloride channels (Ano 1-10) play important roles in transepithelial transport, but the cellular function is still unsolved.
Frank Schweda
Ernst Tamm
Homöostase des menschlichen Auges
Charlotte Wagner
Rekrutierung reninbildender Zellen
in der Niere
Richard Warth
Genetic disorders of renal transport
We study the mechanisms by which mutated genes cause kidney diseases.
Ralph Witzgall
Mechanismen des Nierenversagens

Biology Education

Arne Dittmer
Developing Scientific Awareness, Communications Skills and Reflective Practice
We investigate the professional development of biology teachers concerning the competence to teach students about ethical issues, scientific controversies or the cultural meaning of biology.

Biophysics Biochemistry and Bioinformatics

Patrick Babinger
Funktionsaufklärung von Enzymen
 
Joachim Griesenbeck
Chromatin dynamics in yeast
Our research aims to investigate structural and compositional changes in chromatin when a eukaryotic gene switches its transcriptional state.
Hans Robert Kalbitzer
NMR-Spektroskopie von Proteinen
 
Markus Kretz
Long Noncoding RNAs in Tissue Homeostasis
We focus on investigating the roles of long non-coding RNAs in regulation of normal and neoplastic tissue.
Elmar W. Lang
Rechnerintelligenz und maschinelles Lernen
 
Gernot Längst
Chromatin-Dynamik und Generegulation
 
Jan Medenbach
Translational Control
Our aim is to understand in molecular detail the regulation of translation which is important for the control of gene expression
Gunter Meister
Genregulation durch microRNAs
 
Rainer Merkl Rmerkl2014 Bw 90x90
Protein Design and Evolution
The usage of computational methods is a must in rational protein design and a prerequisite to understand protein evolution. More...
Phillip Milkereit
Ribosomenbiogenese
 
Attila Németh
Nucleolar control of genome organization
We aim to understand the contribution of the nucleolus to genome organization and nuclear architecture in human and mouse cells.
Remco Sprangers
Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy
We unravel the atomic mechanism behind large molecular machines that are involved in RNA turnover
Reinhard Sterner
Enzyme evolution and protein design
We are reconstructing the evolution of enzymes in the laboratory and are designing tailor-made proteins more
Herbert Tschochner
rRNA Synhese
Our interest is to understand mechanism and regulation of the RNA polymerase I transcription machinery.
Christine Ziegler
Structure and function of membrane proteins
 

Plant Sciences

Dresselhaus Teaser Thomas Dresselhaus Dresselhaus
Reproduction, Fertility and Development
With a focus on the regulation of cell polarity, identity and signaling we are studying plant germline development and function, fertilization mechanisms and early seed development. 
Klaus Grasser
Chromatin, gene expression
and development

We study how transcript elongation and co-transcriptional processes in the chromatin context modulate plant developmental responses.

Ulrich Hammes
Long- and short distance transport, physiology and development
 We investigate how assimilates and hormones are transported across membranes and distributed in the plant to ensure proper development.
Florian Hartig
Theoretical Ecology
We study theory, models and statistical methods in ecology, evolution and conservation.
Mariana Mondragón-Palomino
Gene family evolution in plant speciation and development
 
Christoph Oberprieler
Plant Evolution and Systematics
We study evolutionary processes that shape plant diversity. Molecular techniques, phylogenetic methods, and population genetic tools are used to investigate particularly the effects of hybridization and polyploidization in plant evolution.
Peter Poschlod
Populationsbiologie
 
Christoph Reisch
Molecular Ecology and Conservation Genetics
Genetic variation is essential for plant evolution and conservation. We analyse the mechanisms creating genetic variation and ask how much variation is needed for the longterm protection of endangered plant species
Stefanie Sprunck
Flowering plant gamete interactions and polar tip growth
We isolate flowering plant gametes to identify the molecular mechanisms of gamete interactions. Tip growth is studied in pollen tubes and root hairs

Genetics and Microbiology

Harald Huber
Archaeal communities: isolation, structure, physiology, and interaction
As a unique model system for microbial communication and interaction the high temperature organisms Ignicoccus and Nanoarchaeum are investigated
Reinhard Rachel
Elektronenmikroskopie
 
Wolfgang Seufert
Regulation of the Cell Division Cycle
We study how cells proceed through mitosis and how cell cycle entry is influenced by mRNA translation using budding yeast as a model.
Frank Sprenger
Cell Cycle Control in Drosophila
How is cell proliferation controlled and coordinated in a multicellular organism? Ask the fruit Drosophila more
Grohmann-teaser90x90 Dina Grohmann Grohmann90x90
single molecule biochemistry
 
Thomm-teaser90x90 Winfried Hausner Thomm90x90
Archaeelle Transkription
 
Reinhard Wirth
Cell appendages of Archaea
 

Zoology and Neurobiology

Abel Bernadou
Reproductive division of labour in ants
I use "primitive" ants as model systems to study the evolution and organization of insect societies, especially the division of labour.
Oliver Bosch
Neurobiology of reproductive behaviour
Maternal behaviour is the most important social behaviour of a lactating mother. How is this behaviour regulated by the brain neuropeptides vasopressin, oxytocin and corticotropin-releasing factor?
Björn Brembs
Spontaneous Behavior and Operant Learning
We use invertebrate model systems to study the neurobiology of behavior: how do brains decide what to do next?
Tomer Czaczkes
Individual and collective decision making in ants
Ant colonies achieve amazing feats of organisation. Individual ants are also surprisingly smart. We explore how individual behaviours affects colony decisions.
Veronika Egger
Neuronal mechanisms of odor processing
We investigate processing of olfactory stimuli within the olfactory bulb, both at the level of individual synapses and in neuronal networks.
Peter Flor
Neurobiology & -pharmacology
We work on elucidating the role of neurotransmitter receptors in medical conditions related to chronic stress, such as anxiety and somatic disorders
Jürgen Heinze
Social evolution
Using ant societies as model systems we investigate how cooperation and conflict shape behavioral ecology, genomics, and life history evolution of social animals.
Gudrun Herzner
Antimicrobial defense strategies of insects
We investigate the diverse and elaborate defense mechanisms insects deploy to fight pathogenic and competing microorganisms.
Inga D. Neumann
Behavioural and Molecular Neurobiology
We study genetic, molecular and neuronal mechanisms underlying emotional and social behavior, focusing on the neuropeptides oxytocin, vasopressin, and neuropeptide S, and by chronic stress.
Ruther-teaser90x90 Jan Oettler Ruther90x90
Evolutionary Innovation and Rapid Adaptation
Evolution produces a huge diversity of forms and functions. I use ants to understand how.
Ruther-teaser90x90 Joachim Ruther Ruther90x90
Chemical communication in insects
We study chemical cues and signals used by insects for communication and orientation within complex environments.
Ruther-teaser90x90 Stephan Schneuwly Ruther90x90
Developmental Biology and Neurodegeneration
We use the model organism Drosophila melanogaster to study gene functions related to human diseases which either affect the process of development or lead to neurodegeneration as in Parkinson’s disease.
Alexandra Schrempf
Aging and reproduction in ants
Social insects are exciting model organisms to study aging and reproduction, which lack classic life-history trade-offs.
Christoph Schubart
Phylogenie und Phylogeographie aquatischer Arthropoden
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Erhard Strohm
Evolutionary and chemical ecology of insects
We study behavioural, physiological and chemical adaptations of insects focussing on interactions of bees and wasps with brood parasites and symbionts.

Research in individual research groups (alphabetical)

alphabetical

A-G

Patrick Babinger
Funktionsaufklärung von Enzymen
 
Sascha Bandulik
Molecular pathophysiology of the adrenal cortex
We are interested in the physiological regulation of aldosterone synthesis and in its cellular pathology.
Abel Bernadou
Reproductive division of labour in ants
I use "primitive" ants as model systems to study the evolution and organization of insect societies, especially the division of labour.
Oliver Bosch
Neurobiology of reproductive behaviour
Maternal behaviour is the most important social behaviour of a lactating mother. How is this behaviour regulated by the brain neuropeptides vasopressin, oxytocin and corticotropin-releasing factor?
Barbara Braunger
Neuroprotection and Angiogenesis in the Eye
Björn Brembs
Spontaneous Behavior and Operant Learning:
We use invertebrate model systems to study the neurobiology of behavior: how do brains decide what to do next?
Wolf Hayo Castrop
 
 
Tomer Czaczkes
Individual and collective decision making in ants
Ant colonies achieve amazing feats of organisation. Individual ants are also surprisingly smart. We explore how individual behaviours affects colony decisions.
Arne Dittmer
Developing Scientific Awareness, Communications Skills and Reflective Practice

We investigate the professional development of biology teachers concerning the competence to teach students about ethical issues, scientific controversies or the cultural meaning of biology.

Dresselhaus Teaser Thomas Dresselhaus Dresselhaus
Reproduction, Fertility and Development
With a focus on the regulation of cell polarity, identity and signaling we are studying plant germline development and function, fertilization mechanisms and early seed development. more
Veronika Egger
Neuronal mechanisms of odor processing
We investigate processing of olfactory stimuli within the olfactory bulb, both at the level of individual synapses and in neuronal networks.
Peter Flor
Neurobiology & -pharmacology
We work on elucidating the role of neurotransmitter receptors in medical conditions related to chronic stress, such as anxiety and somatic disorders
Rudolf Fuchshofer
Regulation der extrazellulären Matrix
nn
Klaus Grasser
Chromatin, gene expression
and development

We study how transcript elongation and co-transcriptional processes in the chromatin context modulate plant developmental responses.

Joachim Griesenbeck
Chromatin dynamics in yeast
Our research aims to investigate structural and compositional changes in chromatin when a eukaryotic gene switches its transcriptional state.
Dina Grohmann
single molecule biochemistry
 

H-M

Ulrich Hammes
Long- and short distance transport, physiology and development
 We investigate how assimilates and hormones are transported across membranes and distributed in the plant to ensure proper development.
Florian Hartig
Theoretical Ecology
 We study theory, models and statistical methods in ecology, evolution and conservation.
Winfried Hausner
nn
 
Jürgen Heinze
Social evolution
Using ant societies as model systems we investigate how cooperation and conflict shape behavioral ecology, genomics, and life history evolution of social animals.
Gudrun Herzner
Antimicrobial defense strategies of insects
We investigate the diverse and elaborate defense mechanisms insects deploy to fight pathogenic and competing microorganisms.
Klaus Höcherl
Physiologische Funktion von Prostanoiden
 
Harald Huber
Archaeal communities: isolation, structure, physiology, and interaction
As a unique model system for microbial communication and interaction the high temperature organisms Ignicoccus and Nanoarchaeum are investigated
Hans Robert Kalbitzer
NMR-Spektroskopie von Proteinen
 
Michael Krahn
Cell polarity
Our research focus is on the establishment and maintenance of (apical-basal) polarity inepithelia and neural stem cellsand how polarity is linked to cell proliferation control
Markus Kretz
Long Noncoding RNAs in Tissue Homeostasis
We focus on investigating the roles of long non-coding RNAs in regulation of normal and neoplastic tissue.
Karl Kunzelmann
Ionentransport beim Gesunden und Kranken
 
Armin Kurtz
Renin producing cells of the kidney
How is the development, differentiation and function of renin producing cells in the kidney regulated and coordinated and how are the cell integrated into the blood pressure control of the body . Read more….
Elmar W. Lang
Rechnerintelligenz und maschinelles Lernen
 
Gernot Längst
Chromatin-Dynamik und Generegulation
 
Jan Medenbach
Translational Control
Our aim is to understand in molecular detail the regulation of translation which is important for the control of gene expression
Gunter Meister
Genregulation durch microRNAs
 
Rainer Merkl

Protein Design and Evolution

The usage of computational methods is a must in rational protein design and a prerequisite to understand protein evolution. More...
Phillip Milkereit
Ribosomenbiogenese
 
Mariana Mondragón-Palomino
Gene family evolution in plant speciation and development
 

N-SCH

Attila Németh
Nucleolar control of genome organization
We aim to understand the contribution of the nucleolus to genome organization and nuclear architecture in human and mouse cells.
Inga D. Neumann
Behavioural and Molecular Neurobiology
We study genetic, molecular and neuronal mechanisms underlying emotional and social behavior, focusing on the neuropeptides oxytocin, vasopressin, and neuropeptide S, and by chronic stress.
Christoph Oberprieler
Plant Evolution and Systematics
We study evolutionary processes that shape plant diversity. Molecular techniques, phylogenetic methods, and population genetic tools are used to investigate particularly the effects of hybridization and polyploidization in plant evolution.
Andreas Ohlmann
Neuroprotektion
 
Ruther-teaser90x90 Jan Oettler Ruther90x90
Evolutionary Innovation and Rapid Adaptation
Evolution produces a huge diversity of forms and functions. I use ants to understand how.
Peter Poschlod
Populationsbiologie
 
Reinhard Rachel
Elektronenmikroskopie
 
Markus Reichold
Pathophysiologie des tubulären Transports in der Niere
 
Christoph Reisch
Molecular Ecology and Conservation Genetics
Genetic variation is essential for plant evolution and conservation. We analyse the mechanisms creating genetic variation and ask how much variation is needed for the longterm protection of endangered plant species
Ruther-teaser90x90 Joachim Ruther Ruther90x90
Chemical communication in insects
We study chemical cues and signals used by insects for communication and orientation within complex environments.
Ruther-teaser90x90 Developmental Biology and Neurodegeneration Ruther90x90
Entwicklungsbiologie
We use the model organism Drosophila melanogaster to study gene functions related to human diseases which either affect the process of development or lead to neurodegeneration as in Parkinson’s disease.
Christoph Schubart
Phylogenie und Phylogeographie aquatischer Arthropoden
 
Rainer Schreiber
Ano 6 and kidney function
Calcium-activated chloride channels (Ano 1-10) play important roles in transepithelial transport, but the cellular function is still unsolved.
Alexandra Schrempf
Aging and reproduction in ants
Social insects are exciting model organisms to study aging and reproduction, which lack classic life-history trade-offs.
Frank Schweda
 
 

 

SE-Z


Wolfgang Seufert
Regulation of the Cell Division Cycle
We study how cells proceed through mitosis and how cell cycle entry is influenced by mRNA translation using budding yeast as a model.
Frank Sprenger
Cell Cycle Control in Drosophila
How is cell proliferation controlled and coordinated in a multicellular organism? Ask the fruit Drosophila more
Stefanie Sprunck
Flowering plant gamete interactions and polar tip growth
We isolate flowering plant gametes to identify the molecular mechanisms of gamete interactions. Tip growth is studied in pollen tubes and root hairs.
Reinhard Sterner
Enzyme evolution and protein design
We are reconstructing the evolution of enzymes in the laboratory and are designing tailor-made proteins more
Erhard Strohm
Evolutionary and chemical ecology of insects
We study behavioural, physiological and chemical adaptations of insects focussing on interactions of bees and wasps with brood parasites and symbionts.
Ernst Tamm
Homöostase des menschlichen Auges
nn
Thomm-teaser90x90 Michael Thomm Thomm90x90
Archaeelle Transkription
Herbert Tschochner
rRNA Synhese
Our interest is to understand mechanism and regulation of the RNA polymerase I transcription machinery.
Charlotte Wagner
Rekrutierung reninbildender Zellen in der Niere
Richard Warth
Genetic disorders of renal transport
We study the mechanisms by which mutated genes cause kidney diseases.
Reinhard Wirth
Cell appendages of Archaea
Archaea can possess a variety of cell surface appendages, like flagella, fimbriae, fibers, etc. What is the function of those, how are they assembled, which structure do they possess?
Ralph Witzgall
Mechanismen des Nierenversagens
Christine Ziegler
Structure and function of membrane proteins

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