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 connected with their local extra-university partners.
The network of the Field of Focus 1 ensures the open scientific flow of information across institutional boundaries and disciplines. 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.
Members of Field of Focus 1 are committed to cooperation across institutional boundaries and work together in several interdisciplinary research institutes, DFG Collaborative Research Centres, one graduate school and in alliances with extra-university partners.
Heidelberg Molecular Life Sciences (HMLS)
With the HMLS as funding priority, the University establishes strategic networks within the molecular life sciences, overcoming the boundaries of the individual disciplines and institutions and making important contributions to modern biology and molecular medicine.
Research Council FoF 1
The Research Council coordinates the academic development of the FoF by identifying new research questions, bringing together complementary expertise and promoting innovative projects through start-up funding. It also actively supports young researchers and advises the Rectorate in all research matters.
The Research Councils aims to enable collaborations, emerging topics and the development of new technologies. Several projects receive financial support in the framework of the Excellence Strategy. Calls for proposals are published annually and applications undergo a peer review and evaluation process.
The Heidelberg University core technology platforms for the molecular life sciences provide state-of-the-art equipment, expert know-how and services, giving researchers of all partner institutions access to and training in the latest technology.