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Institute of Microbiology

Head: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Diekert

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Mikrobiologie
Philosophenweg 12
07743 Jena

Phone: 03641 9-49300
Fax: 03641 9-49302
E-Mail:
Homepage: http://www.mikrobiologie.uni-jena.de/cms/index.php/en


Applied and Ecological Microbiology

The department essentially studies the degradation of natural compounds as well as xenobiotics by anaerobic bacteria or aerobic fungi, respectively. The studies mainly focus on vitamin B12-dependent enzymes of the energy metabolism that are involved in the anoxic ether cleavage or the reductive dechlorination of chlorinated hydrocarbons as an energy conserving process. The biochemical principles of these reactions as well as their energetics, molecular biology, and regulation are investigated.



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General Microbiology and Microbe Genetics

The main focus of interest is the understanding of development and molecular signaling in sexual and parasitic interactions of zygomycetes. We are mainly using a basal model system within this taxon addressing the mechanisms of cellular communication between interacting partners.
   Allgemeine Mikrobiologie und Mikrobengenetik
     
     

Microbial Communication

The research concerns the mating type loci which encode pheromone receptors of the seven transmembrane domain family and their ligands, lipopeptide pheromones. Host and substrate specificity are investigated with fungi of the genus Tricholoma that are able to form a mutual symbiotic relationship with trees. Using fingerprinting techniques over 100 genes specifically induced during establishing and function of the symbiotic tissues could be detected.  Streptomycetes from a heavy metal containing site of the former uranium mining site Wismut in Eastern Thuringia are used to determine the mechanisms of heavy metal resistance in this group of important soil microbes.


   Mikrobielle Kommunikation
     

Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Research aims to elucidate the pathobiology of A. fumigatus, including the areas of physiology/biochemistry, signal transduction, improvement of genetic techniques, genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, glycoconjugates, pathogen/host interaction and an animal model. Fungi produce numerous of secondary metabolites. Some of these compounds are used as antibiotics or as immunosuppressants. Besides the identification and characterisation of novel microorganisms producing secondary metabolites, recent research has aimed at elucidating the molecular regulation of the biosyntheses of secondary metabolites.

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Photo: HKI/Krumnow
     

Jena Microbial Resource Collection (JMRC)

The Jena Microbial Resource Collection (JMRC) was founded via fusion of the microbial collections of the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans
Knöll Institute and University of Jena on 1st of October, 2010.
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Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics

CMB_building

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Biochemie und Biophysik
Hans-Knöll-Str.2
07745 Jena


Homepage: http://www.cmb.uni-jena.de/index.php/biochemistry-and-biophysics


The Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics consists of the following facilities:                                   

Institute of Nutrition

Head: Prof. Dr. Lars-Oliver KlotzDornburger Strasse 25

Adress:

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Ernähungswissenschaften
Dornburger Str. 25
07743 Jena

Phone: 03641 9-49670
Fax: 03641 9-49672
E-Mail:


The institute of nutrition - first institute of nutrition in the eastern states of Germany - was founded in 1990. It is located in the buildings Dornburger street 24 (former institute of animal nutrition), 25-29 (former animal clinic), as well as Thomas-Mann-street 44. The institute is embedded in an interdisciplinary environment at the faculty of biology and pharmacy and possesses a modern infrastructure for research and teaching. There are four chairs, two departments and one junior research team associated with the institute, which work one current aspects of nutrition research.  Scientific focus areas of the institute are the development, prevention and intervention of diet-related diseases such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, rheumatism, psychological/pathological effects of vitamins, fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber and furthermore age-related changes in diet and metabolism.

On average 500 students are enrolled at the bachelor degree course "food science" of the institute and the master degree course "molecular nutrition".

Institute of Pharmacy

Head: Prof. Dr. Oliver WerzIAAC

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institute of Pharmacy
Philosophenweg 14
07743 Jena

Phone: 03641 9-49800
Fax: 03641 9-49802
E-Mail:

Homepage: http://www.pharmazie.uni-jena.de/pha/en/

Pharmacy is a multidisciplinary, natural scientific discipline. The academic training of future pharmacists, as well as research on new active agents and drugs are the main focus at the chairs of the institute of pharmacy. A successfully completed course of studies in pharmacy at a university, which has been passed with a state examination, enables the issuances of the approbation, which is the prerequisite for work that is performed independently and with personal responsibility within various areas of activity. The websites of the institute provide information about admission requirements for a study of pharmacy, the content of teaching, the occupational profile of a pharmacist and about the institute and the staff itself.

The institutes are divided into the following fields of activities:

·        Chair of pharmaceutical biology

·        Chair of pharmaceutical/medical chemistry

·        Chair of pharmaceutical technology

·        Chair of pharmaceutical microbiology

Institute of General Zoology and Animal Physiology

Head: Prof. Dr. Jürgen BolzInstitut fuer Zoologie

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Allgemeine Zoologie und Tierphysiologie
Erbertstr. 1
07743 Jena

Phone: 03641 9-49100
Fax: 03641 9-49102
E-Mail:

Office: Jutta Behr
E-Mail:


The institute offers a wide range of courses during the basic studies from general zoology and animal physiology for the different majors in biology (bachelor, teaching degree, and diploma) as well as the major biochemistry/molecular biology. Students during their main studies (diploma, master) who are interested in current issues of cell biology, developmental biology, neurobiology, neurogenetics or neuroethology are able to participate in various special lectures and courses at the institute. During these courses they will be introduced to the latest methods in molecular biology, cell biology, and neurobiology. For example one can directly observe the steering and regulation of growing axons in vitro; examine the migration of nerve cells during the cephalogenesis with a two-photon excitation microscope; investigate the plasticity of neuronal circuits in vivo with most modern imaging methods; or observe the behavior of genetically manipulated mice. Advanced students can also participate in ongoing research projects. These research internships will be given individually to outstanding and motivated students.


Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology with Phyletic Museum

Head: Prof. Dr. Martin FischerPhyletischesMuseum

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Spezielle Zoologie und Evolutionsbiologie
Erbertstr. 1
07743 Jena

Phone: 03641 9-49140
Fax: 03641 9-49142
E-Mail:

Homepage: http://www.speziellezoologie.uni-jena.de/izels/en/

Ernst Haeckel founded the phyletic museum in 1907. The name of the institution is unique - it derives from phylogenesis, hence tribal history. Haeckel himself coined the term. Tribal history is the foundation of the permanent exhibition: The goal is not only to exhibit interesting, spectacular or important animals, but also to show their relationship among themselves and to understand humankind as a part of evolution. Man is, from a phylogenetic perspective, not only man, but beyond that also a primate, a vertebrate and a multicellular organism. The special exhibitions are devoted to current topics with a connection to evolution, as well as aesthetic and artistic topics and furthermore issues on invasion and conservation biology with social relevance. The building is under monument protection. It was built in 1908 in art nouveau and the tympanum once more holds the two terms ontogenesis and phylogenesis since 2008.

 

Institute of General Botany and Plant Physiology

Head: Prof. Dr. Maria MittagAllgemeine Botanik

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Allgemeine Botanik und Pflanzenphysiologie
Am Planetarium 1
07743 Jena

Phone: 03641 9-49201
Fax: 03641 9-49202
E-Mail:
Homepage: http://www.botanik.uni-jena.de/ibp/en/



The institute of general botany and plant physiology consists of the following fields of work:

  • Chair of general botany
  • Department of plant physiology
  • Junior professorship of molecular botany



Institute of Systematic Botany with Herbarium Hausknecht and Botanical Garden

Head: Prof. Dr. Frank HellwigSpezielle Botanik

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Spezielle Botanik mit Herbarium Haussknecht und Botanischem Garten
Philosophenweg 16
07743 Jena

Phone: 03641 9-49250
Fax: 03641 9-49252
E-Mail:

The institute of systematic botany with Herbarium Haussknecht was founded as a division from the institute of botany on the 1st April 1949. The most prominent researchers, who worked and taught at the predecessor institute, were Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Eduard Strasburger, Nathanael Pringsheim, Ernst Stahl, and Otto Renner. Founding director of the institute of systematic botany was Otto Schwarz. The botanical garden, in its current location, was laid out by August Johann Georg Carl Batsch and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; as an institution it was subordinated to the ministry of the Grand-Duchy Saxony-Weimar until the end of the monarchy. The director of the ministry was the ordinary of botany simultaneously. Eventually the Herbarium Haussknecht goes back to a private foundation from Karl Haussknecht in 1896. In 1923 it became part of the university and in 1948 it was transferred to Jena.

Institute of Ecology

Head: Prof. Dr. Kirsten KüselOekologie Dornburger Strasse 159

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Ökologie
Dornburger Str. 159
07743 Jena

Phone: 03641 9-49461
Fax: 03641 9-49402
E-Mail:
Homepage:
http://www.ecology.uni-jena.de/en/Home_Institute_of_Ecology.html

Ecology has the longest possible tradition in Jena since it was here that the term "Oecologie" was coined in 1866 by Ernst Haeckel to describe a new branch
of biological sciences that deals with the interactions between organisms and their environment.

Today the 1968 founded Institute of Ecology  in Jena consists of three research units with in all six research groups and a total of about 90 staff members and students working on their dissertation or Master thesis. Research emphases are on functional biodiversity, evolutionary behavioural ecology, relevance of microorganisms for biogeochemical dynamics, polar ecology, succession, and application of multivariate statistics for ecosystem analyses. Together with the two Max Planck Institutes for Chemical Ecology (founded 1996) and for Biogeochemistry (founded 1997) Jena has developed to a centre of ecological research in Germany.

Institut of History of Medicine, Natural Sciences and Technology "Ernst-Haeckel-Haus"

Provisional Head: Dr. Thomas Bach Haeckel Haus Eingang

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Geschichte der Medizin, Naturwissenschaft und Technik "Ernst-Haeckel-Haus"

Berggasse 7
07745 Jena

Phone: 03641 9-49500
Fax: 03641 9-49502
E-Mail:


 

Research Group Didactics of Biology

Head: Prof. Uwe HoßfeldBienenhaus

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Arbeitsgruppe Didaktik der Biologie
Am Steiger 3, Bienenhaus
07743 Jena

Secretary: Sandra Golke-Stiebritz
Office hours: Monday 08:00 - 13:00 and Thursday 08:00 - 13:00
E-Mail:

Phone: 03641 9-49490
Fax: 03641 9-49492
Homepage:

Consultation-hour Prof. Dr. Uwe Hoßfeld     
Thursday 9:30 - 11:00

Didactics of biology is the science of teaching biological content and methodoloy. The central component of this branch of study is the education of future Biology teachers. Goal is to advance biological knowledge, and assure the effectiveness of teaching. A high-quality education of biology teachers is necessary in order to achieve these goals.


 

Structural Unit Genetics

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Struktureinheit Genetik
Philosophenweg 12
07743 Jena
Homepage structural unit "department of genetics": http://www.genetics.uni-jena.de/genetik/en/

Head: Prof. Dr. Günter Theißen
Office: Sabine Schein
Phone:
03641 9-49300
Fax: 03641 9-49552

Department of Genetics

Head: Prof. Dr. Günter TheißenPhilosophenweg 12
Phone:
03641 9-49550
Fax:
03641 9-49552
E-Mail: 
Homepage: http://www.genetics.uni-jena.de/genetik/en/Theissen_Lab.html


Research Group Bacterial Genetics

Head: PD Dr. Sabine Brantl
Phone:
03641 9-49570
E-Mail:
Homepage: http://www.ag-bakteriengenetik.uni-jena.de/


The structural unit "department of genetics" represents the research and teaching in the field of genetics. The focus of the scientific research lies in the mechanisms of gene regulation in bacteria, plants and animals. Our structural unit consists of two research groups.

Department of Genetics

The research group analyses the structure, function and evolution of transcription factors. We focus on proteins that are coded by MADS-box-genes. Our interest reaches from the relationship between structure and functionality on a molecular level and the mechanism of gene regulation (including the importance of microRNA) to the impact of transcription factors during the evolution of gene regulatory networks plus developmental processes. One emphasis of our research is to clarify the role of MADS-Boxes genes on the evolution of blossoms, fruits and the emergence of biodiversity in general. The model systems used in our research are a variety of terrestrial plants, such as moss or flowering plants as well as crops like different types of collard, rice, corn, tulips and spruces; in addition wild plants (e.g. field pepperweed) and characteristic laboratory models (e.g. thale cress Arabidopsis thaliana) are included. Within the framework of our studies we use methods from the fields of genetics, molecular biology, biophysics and bioinformatics.


Research Group Bacterial Genetics

The main focus of our work is gene regulation in Gram-positive bacteria by small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) and transcription factors. We use Bacillus subtilis as model organism. On the one hand, we investigate a small trans-encoded sRNA - SR1 - discovered in our group. SR1 is a dual-function sRNA: it acts as base-pairing sRNA in arginine catabolism, but also encodes a peptide that does not only play a role in sugar metabolism, but has a global function in RNA degradation. On the other hand, we explore three type I toxin-antitoxin systems whose antitoxins are cis-encoded sRNAs. In both cases, we are interested in the biological functions of these sRNAs, their molecular mechanisms of action as well as their regulation by transcription factors. We employ a combination of in vitro and in vivo techniques to characterize RNA and DNA-binding proteins.



 

Department of Bioinformatics

Head: Prof. Dr. Stefan SchusterBioinformatik im Ernst-Abbe-Platz 2

Adress: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Department of Bioinformatics
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 2
07743 Jena

Phone: 03641 9-46450
Fax: 03641 9-46452
E-Mail:
Homepage:
http://pinguin.biologie.uni-jena.de/bioinformatik/en/

The Department of Bioinformatics is a member of the Jena Centre for Bioinformatics (Spokesmen: Prof. S. Böcker and Prof. S. Schuster) and participates also in the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) and in the Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC).

In the Department of Bioinformatics, research is done on various topics of bioinformatics and theoretical systems biology, largely in close cooperation with wet-lab groups. A central topic is the mathematical modelling and computer simulation of metabolic processes. For example, their optimal temporal control in living cells is calculated. A further central topic is the application of game theory to biochemical and microbiological systems. To deal with spatial aspects, agent-based models are developed. Moreover, alternative splicing in fungi, the enumeration of biochemical substances and the optimal flow behaviour of the blood, among others, are studied. Most of these computer-aided studies are conducted in view of medical and biotechnological applications, for example, with reference to the fatty liver disease, the energy metabolism in cancer cells and yield maximization in biotechnological production processes.

In teaching, the department is actively involved by specific courses in the curricula Bioinformatics, Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Life Sciences, among others.