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Research at the Faculty of Biology


The Faculty of Biology consistently occupies one of the top three places in all national rankings. Considering third-party funding as well as participation in various excellence applications and large-scale research projects, the Faculty of Biology is also one of the strongest research faculties of the Albert-Ludwig University.

The Faculty of Biology has expressed its commitment to maintaining the organismic diversity of research topics and the various perspectives and complexity levels of life science (molecular, cell, organism, ecosystem, evolution), which is an outstanding feature of the Faculty. Currently, there are major projects and research groups in the fields of immunology, neurobiology, developmental biology and molecular plant sciences.

The faculty is currently establishing research priorities in the fields of "Systems Biology" and "Translational Biology" as multidisciplinary science approaches. Systems biology is seen as a synopsis of biological systems at the various organizational levels. They include the modeling of individual pathways to comprehensive understanding of complex ecosystems, the interaction between organisms and the environment as well as the exploration of the human brain. Translational research (the translation of findings from basic research towards application) is an essential part of the research direction of our faculty and promotes cooperation with industrial partners.

Current Collaborative Research Centres

  • CRC 620: Immunodeficiency: Clinical and Animal Models
    The ultimate objective of SFB 620 is the elucidation and understanding of immunobiological and molecular genetic mechanisms involved in development of defects of the natural (non-specific) and adaptive (specific) immune response in humans and animals.
  • CRC 850: Control of Cell Motility in Morphogenesis, Cancer Invasion and Metastasis
    More than 400,000 patients are diagnosed with cancer in Germany every year. Despite significant advances in research and treatment, about 50% of these patients are still going to die of their disease, because several aspects of tumour biology are still not completely understood. Among these aspects, tissue invasion and metastasis are the most complex characteristics since they involve tumour cell autonomous as well as non-autonomous processes. Importantly, metastasis represents the main cause of death for tumour patients. Therefore, the CRC 850 is dedicated to the analysis and therapeutic exploitation of the cellular and molecular events driving metastatic tumours.

Finished Collaborative Research Centers

ERC Advanced, Consolidator and Starting Grants

ERC Advanced Grants

ERC Starting Grants


7th Framework Programme

Programs for Structural Support


Educational programs and others


6th Framework Programme

Benutzerspezifische Werkzeuge