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.
The scientific goal of GenEvo is to gain a better understanding of the evolution of complex and multi-layered gene regulatory systems.By transferring methods developed for model species to other taxa, we can analyze the evolution of gene regulation in a broad phylo- and population genetic context. Some projects investigate the coevolution of gene regulation by analyzing how interacting species interfere with gene regulation.
An understanding of the mechanisms that protect our genome from damage is essential for successfully combating cancer and aging processes. DNA damage caused either by environmental influences or by intrinsic cellular reactions threatens genome stability by hindering the storage, copying and reading of genetic information. Consequently, the cell has a variety of measures at its disposal to protect and repair its genetic material. By focusing on the biological basis of genome stability, the CRC aims to contribute to our understanding of how the different DNA repair systems determine the balance between cell death and survival, genome stability, plasticity and gene regulation.
Prof. Dr. Dorothee Dormann will start her research and teaching in Mainz in the summer semester 2021. Her research group deals with the molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, such as FTD and ALS.
After a successful tenure evaluation, Prof. Dr. May-Simera will take up the professorship in February 2021. Her research group deals with the function of primary cilia, which act as unique and multifunctional organelles and are involved in a variety of cellular and developmental processes.
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 Studies Office and Examination Office Biology are again open to the public with limited access
Appointments at the Dean's Office, the Studies Office and the Examination Office can now be arranged during office hours by telephone or by e-mail. Appointment bookings are only possible for matters that cannot be settled by telephone, post or e-mail. Appointments without prior appointment booking are not possible. For appoinments a FFP2 mask must be worn. These regulations will initially apply until May 25, 2022.
The genetic origin of the first Neolithic arable farmers long seemed to lie in the Middle East. A new study published in the journal Cell shows that the first farmers were in fact a mixture of Ice Age hunter-gatherer groups that ranged across the Middle East to southeastern Europe. The study involved researchers from the iomE at FB10 as well as from the Swiss universities of Bern and Fribourg. The method they developed could help to uncover further processes of human evolution with a previously unattained resolution.
In the seed bank for wild plants, seeds of rare and endangered plant species can be stored in a germinable state for decades. The project developed from the participation of the Botanic Garden and the Green School in a Germany-wide collaborative project to protect endangered wild plants. The seed bank enables new research and educational projects at the Botanic Garden and offers additional options for botanical species conservation in Rhineland-Palatinate. With the completion of an extension to the existing seed cleaning building, financed by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, all the conditions are now in place for the long-term storage of seeds. The Department would like to thank the Custodian of the Botanic Garden, Dr Ralf Omlor and the Head of the Green School, Dr Ute Becker for their efforts in completing the project.
The new Master's programs will start in the winter term 2022/2023, and the other Master's programs Molecular Biotechnology, Biology, Anthropology and Education Biology can also be applied for. Applications are possible until May 15, 2022 and for the international Master's program Microbiology (double degree with the University of Dijon, France) until May 31, 2022. Details on the applications can be found on our websites for the individual degree programs.
Prof. Shuqing Xu appointed Professor of Evolutionary Plant Sciences
Shuqing Xu took up the professorship at the Institute of Organismic and Molecular Evolution (iomE) on April 1, 2022. In his previous professorship at the University of Münster, he was able to establish a new plant system, the giant duckweed, in order to be able to study plant evolution in real time. These experimental evolutionary approaches allow the analysis of adaptations to current - man-made - environmental changes. The targeted development of this model system allows the processing of evolutionary biology questions and in-depth molecular analyses and thus ideally combines research topics of the Faculty of Biology at JGU.
For some time now, there has been undoubted scientific evidence for the ongoing insect mortality in Germany and many other regions of the world. The loss of many species, especially among bees, will have far-reaching consequences for the pollination of our plants and the stability of ecosystems. This makes it all the more important to raise awareness of the complex relationships and diversity of pollinators. However, as a new study by the Didactics of Biology working group shows, pupils are hardly able to correctly assess the importance of wild bees and to distinguish between different bee species. The project Bumblebees help! Rhein-Main is intended to provide pupils with knowledge about wild bees and is funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with 345,000 euros over three years.