Research profileField of Focus I

Molecular Foundations of Life, Health, and Disease


The molecular life sciences in Heidelberg represent a research focus of the university that enjoys particularly high national and international visibility. In order to understand the molecular mechanisms of physiological and pathological functions within cells and organisms, the researchers are closely networked with their local extra-university partners.

The network of the Field of Focus 1 ensures the open scientific flow of information across institutional boundaries. The university's ties to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, and the two university hospitals in Heidelberg and Mannheim have created a unique research site for molecular and cell biology that is one of its kind in Europe.

Research conducted at the Faculty of Biosciences focuses on issues concerning the development of organs and organisms, the identification of stem cells in plants and animals, the biochemical processes and transport processes within cells, as well as the production and degradation of proteins. The analysis includes morphological, molecular, quantitative and structural biology methods on the highest technical level. The Medical Faculties in Heidelberg and Mannheim primarily concentrate on infection research concerning diseases like Aids, Hepatitis and Malaria, cardiovascular diseases, cancer research, transplantation therapy and immunotherapy, as well as medical technology and neuroscience.