The Gutenberg Teaching Council aims at improving teaching and academic teaching skills at JGU with a particular focus on further innovating and developing research orientation, interdisciplinarity, internationality, and professional orientation.
Juggle is a network, which facilitates scientific exchange and cooperation among researchers in the life sciences in Mainz. It is concerned with topics such as visibilty and career options for junior group leaders.
The GYR is a central scientific unit of JGU that supports the interdisciplinary exchange among junior researchers. Additionally, it develops new concepts and provides financial support for junior researchers.
In this research focus different disciplines within the natural sciences collaborate with mathematics and IT-technologies. The objective is to further develop simulation techniques. The focus is supported by the the federal state Rhineland Palatinate.
Jun. Prof. Dr. Susanne Gerber assumed her assistant professorship in Bioinformatics in the winter term 2015/2016. Her work is focused on the computation of relations between categorical data sets and their application to genomics.
Although stingless bees do not have a sting to fend off enemies, they are nonetheless able to defend their hives against attacks. Only four years ago it was discovered that a Brazilian bee species, the Jatai bee, has a soldier caste.
The working group Zischler shows that the recombination gene PRDM9 in tarsiers has been inoperable at times. They furthermore investigate the section – even though highly variable – with respect to the kinship of the Sulawesian population.
Specific Talks are announced regulary by the institues of FB10 and can additionally be foud in the internal calender as well as on the linked website. IMB also announces talks on their website which can be found by following the link.
The student representation and the Faculty of Biology host a graduation ceremony twice a year. Those students who graduated within six months before the ceremony can participate. Due to the Corona pandemic there is no ceremony planned in 2020.
The Dean's Office, the study office and the biology examination office remain closed to the public
The closure for public has been in force since March 18, 2020. Bachelor, master theses and dissertations can be sent to the Biology Examination Office by post or house mail. The Dean's Office, Study Office and Examination Office can still be reached during office hours by email or phone (note that due to vacation you might want to try to reach different contacts). These regulations apply May 31, 2021.
Mainz variant of the Corona virus is not permanent
Tracking the spread of SARS coronavirus 2 mutants is currently of the greatest epidemiological and medical interest. First work of the recently established SARS-Cov-2 sequencing consortium Mainz with the participation of university medicine (virology, human genetics, test center), the department of biology (AG Molecular Genetics and Genome Analysis) and the company StarSEQ GmbH based on the campus show that virus variants with questionable mutations have not only originated a few times locally in other countries, but that a special Mainz variant was already present in the university medicine in December 2020. The variant has been contained by efficient hygiene measures and has not been proven since. However, the data show that regular screening of virus isolates through genome sequencing is necessary in order to detect any dangers occurring in good time.
50 teachers at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have produced a video series on the nature of the year 2020. The result is 16 short films, which are intended to make students curious about the diversity of biology. The contents range from bees and flowers to sophisticated hunters. Teachers can integrate the free material directly into their lessons. The video series The Nature of the Year 2020 – Facts & Fun Facts was created as part of a module on the Master of Education Biology course. Prof. Dr. Daniel Dreesmann, Head of the Didactics of Biology Working Group at the Institute of Organismic and Molecular Evolutionary Biology at JGU, offered the seminar and is more than satisfied with the result
The group of Prof. Dr. Ralf Heermann at the imP has discovered a new form of life of the photorhabdus luminescens bacterium that was previously unknown. This form goes straight to the roots of the plants. There it presumably promotes plant growth primarily by releasing substances against fungi that are harmful to plants. His group first analyzed the transcriptome, i.e. the entirety of the genes read, using molecular biological methods and compared the two forms of life. The new form therefore differs in many factors: It is more flexible and sensitive, reacts to plant exudates and swims in their direction. So everything indicates that this form of bacteria interacts more intensively with the plants.
The human ability to digest milk even after infancy has spread in Central Europe in just a few thousand years. This is shown by the results of an international research team headed by the Palaeogenetics working group at iomE. As they report in Current Biology, they had the genetic material in human. Examined bones dating from approx. Were killed in a battle. Only around one in eight had a gene variant that enabled them to break down lactose and thus digest milk.
The team of neurobiologist Prof. Dr. Claire Jacob uncovered an important mechanism that regulates the restoration of the myelin sheath after injury from trauma or degenerative disease. Based on these findings, damaged myelin sheaths in mice were regenerated by treatment with the active ingredient theophylline, thus restoring the function of the nerve cells. The groundbreaking findings are based on research carried out at the iDN and the Swiss Université de Friborg.