About us

Facts about us

Research in the Faculty of Biosciences is done in four University Centers and one Department Institute. Researchers are networked in numerous regional, national and international research groups and cooperations, and almost half of the professors were recruited from abroad. Scientists at our Faculty are heavily involved together with molecular biology orientated disciplines from the Medical Faculty in the Cluster of Excellence networks and the Graduate School for Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS). They constitute six SFB, three DFG research training Groups and are also part of all the interdisciplinary biology projects (BIOMS, BIOQUANT; VIROQUANT) and state programs (e.g. LGK Molecular Mechanics). They are also involved in research activities at the DKFZ, MPI for Medical Research and, HITS (formerly EML) and EMBL.

National and International Networks

At a regional level, there are close contacts with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Association of Heavy Ion Research (GSI) in Darmstadt. In the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) Leading-Edge Cluster competition, Heidelberg was one of five first round winners with the project "BioRN - the Biotechnology Cluster Cell Based Molecular Medicine in the metropolitan region Rhine-Neckar. The focus of the cluster is the development of bio-pharmaceutical products from the early phase to industrial maturity. At a national level there is close interlinking with several German universities and research centres. Furthermore, researchers from the Faculty of Biosciences are involved in several DFG Priority Programmes and BMBF and Helmholtz projects. ...read more


19th century

Biology in Heidelberg produced some of the 19th and 20th century's eminent researchers. They supported Darwin's evolutionary theory from an early stage and stand for the beginning of experimental biology, particularly research into physiology, developmental biology and biochemistry. The botanist Georg Klebs (1857-1918) was the founder of developmental biology of plants, and the zoologist Otto Bütschli (1848-1920) was one of the fathers of cell biology. They, in turn, attracted other experiment orientated researchers to Heidelberg. ...read more


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