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    Active Sensing

    Jacob Engelmann

    We are seeking to understand how fishes navigate their environment using either electrical or hydrodynamical cues.

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    Algae Biotechnology & Bioenergy

    Olaf Kruse

    We investigate the potential of microalgae for the utilization of light energy and CO2 for the biotechnological production of valuable compounds in fundamental and applied research projects.

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    Animal Behaviour

    Oliver Krüger

    We study animal behaviour within the framework of the four questions of Tinbergen, both in the lab and in the field.

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    Behavioural Ecology

    Barbara Caspers

    We are mainly interested in the function and mechanism of chemical communication,  the evolution of chemical cues in vertebrates and how relatedness is encoded in body odours.

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    Biological Collection

    Manfred Kraemer

    The collection focusses on the mid-European fauna, but samples from other regions are available as well. In research we are interested in plant-pollinator interactions.

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    Biological Cybernetics

    Volker Dürr

    Our overall goal in science is to understand the mechanisms underlying the control of natural movement and action sequences.

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    Biology Didactics

    Giftedness and Talent Research

    Claas Wegner

    The department focuses on the one hand on training future teachers in biology and on the other hand on research into giftedness in the natural sciences and the advancement of gifted pupils in the natural sciences.

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    Biology Didactics

    Botany & Cell Biology

    Norbert Grotjohann

    Botany & Cell Biology - Our Department focusses on teacher training and professionalisation for different school types.

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    Biology Didactics

    Zoology & Human Biology

    Matthias Wilde

    In Biology Education, we are concerned with the acquisition of scientific literacy including teaching and learning of the methods and contents of biology.

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    Cell Biology

    Christian Kaltschmidt

    A major interest is a deep understanding of the function of the transcription factor NF-kB (nuclear factor 'kappa-light-chain-enhancer' of activated B-cells) in the nervous system, especially in neurons, glia and neural stem cells.

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    Cellular and Developmental Biology of Plants

    Armin Hallmann

    The major theme of our research is how single-cell organisms evolved into multicellular organisms with differentiated cells.

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    Chemical Ecology

    Caroline Müller

    In our group we explore the role of natural products that are involved in the communication between individuals within one or different species and which influence ecological interactions.

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    Cognitive Neurosciences

    Christoph Kayser

    Our mission is to understand the neurophysiological and computational principles underlying conscious perception and decision making.

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    Computational Biology

    Andrea Bräutigam

    Our group uses computer-based and lab-based methods to generate and analyze large datasets, such as transcriptomes, proteomes and metabolomes, and to construct metabolic and regulatory networks.

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    Evolutionary Biology

    Klaus Reinhold

    Our unifying theme is the study of behavioural traits important in pre- and post-copulatory sexual selection.

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    Genetics and Genomics of Plants

    Bernd Weisshaar

    We study the mechanisms that control the activity of sets of genes which are together required to synthesize a specific bio-compound in plants.

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    Genetics of Prokaryotes

    Volker Wendisch

    We perform research in the field of molecular genetics and applied microbiology.

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    Martin Egelhaaf

    We do research on visually guided orientation behaviour of insects. We aim to understand the underlying computational mechanisms.

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    Plant Biochemistry and Physiology

    Karl-Josef Dietz

    Deregulation of cellular redox-homeostasis is a fundamental principle of reduced fitness, yield loss and disease development in all organisms.

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    Plant Biotechnology

    Romy Schmidt-Schippers

    The research goal of the Plant Biotechnology group is to decipher the molecular mechanisms with which plants manage to adapt to changing environmental conditions in the context of global climate change.



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    Proteom- und Metabolom Research

    Karsten Niehaus

    Genes, transcripts, proteins and metabolites are the physical building blocks of the cell.
    The functional relations between these elements form a complex network of interactions that we call life.

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    RNA Biology and Molecular Physiology

    Dorothee Staiger

    RNA-based regulation emerges as a critical checkpoint in eukaryotic gene expression. Our international team focusses on the role of two major types of players, RNA-binding proteins and microRNAs.

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    Primary Science Education

    Andres Acher

    We are developing and investigating teaching practices of scientific modelling for pre-service teachers. Through these, we capture societal challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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    Theoretical Biology

    Meike Wittmann

    Our research is focused on theoretical ecology and evolutionary biology, in particular on modelling interactions between ecological and evolutionary processes on various temporal and spatial scales.

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