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. Registration opens in January 2020.
Two research teams led by Brian Luke from the IDN of FB10 and Helle Ulrich from the IMB have deciphered how two enzymes, RNase H2 and RNase H1, are coordinated to remove RNA-DNA hybrid structures from chromosomes. RNA-DNA hybrids are important for promoting normal cell activities like gene regulation and DNA repair, but having too many is also a risk for DNA damage and can lead to neurodegenerative disease and cancer. Their findings were published in Cell Reports....
Stingless bees exist mainly in Tropical and subtropical areas. If plants contain caffein this has a stimulating effect on the nervous systme of bees and leads to higher motivation and collection rates. The group of C. Grüter has shown together with others that the vollection rates of stingless bees are not influenced by caffein.
In order to survive in their environment, animals need to develop an understanding of their size. Researchers of the team of R. Strauß at the IDN have shown that fruit flies have a stable long term memory concerning their size. The results have been published in Current Biology.
Peter Baumann joined the IDN of FB10 at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in 2018 with a Humboldt Professorship. He is a leading researcher in the field of chromosome biology and focuses on, for example, the protection and repair of chromosome tails by the enzyme telomerase to the effects of hybridization and changes in the number of chromosome sets in the course of evolution.
Damaged peripheral nerves can regenerate after an injury. Axons are affected in the case of injury and need to regrow to recover their function. The Research team of Prof. Jacob at the IDN of FB10 and at the University of Fribourg investigated the details of this repair process and have demonstrated that the same mechanism could be activated in cells of the central nervous system.
Die Fachschaft Biologie der JGU Mainz veranstaltete in Zusammenarbeit mit Prof. Hankeln und Prof. Dreesmann am 7. Juni 2019 ein Symposium mit dem Titel „CRISPR in aller Munde: Perspektiven für Landwirtschaft und Umweltschutz?“. Den etwa 150 interessierten TeilnehmerInnen wurden in einer Vortragsreihe zunächst die wichtigsten Aspekte in der Diskussion um Grüne Gentechnik und der neuen Genschere CRISPR/Cas erläutert. Eingeladen waren fachkundige ReferentInnen aus Forschung, Politik, Rechts- und Kommunikationswissenschaften und Wirtschaft.