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 September 30, 2021.
Chemical synapses transmit information within the nervous system. When a presynaptic cell is electrically excited, synaptic vesicles fuse with the presynaptic membrane causing messenger substances within the vesicles to be released into the synaptic cleft. These then bind to receptors in the postsynaptic cell where they trigger an electrical signal once again. The temporal and spatial sequence of the incoming signals determines how information is processed and transmitted in the brain.the groups of Prof. Duch and Prof. Heine at the iDN and others have revealed in a PNAS paper how spatiotemporally separated presynaptic calcium signals independently regulate exocytosis and endocytosis of synaptic vesicles, i.e., their release and recycling.
Many insects, including numerous wild bee species, are threatened with extinction. A good starting point to make young people aware of this problem and to show possibilities for action is to treat the topic in school lessons. According to the results of a new study, school children are much more environmentally friendly in their intentions to act after having taken care of a bumblebee colony for three to five weeks. However, this clear correlation can only be established immediately after the experiment and not of longer-term duration.
Human Usher syndrome (USH) is the most common form of hereditary deaf-blindness. Sufferers can be deaf from birth, suffer from balance disorders, and eventually lose their eyesight as the disease progresses. In cooperation with the Lührmann group at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, the Wolfrum group at the imP has discovered that the Usher syndrome 1G protein SANS plays a decisive role in the regulation of the splicing process. Furthermore, the researchers have been able to demonstrate that defects in the SANS protein can lead to errors in the splicing of genes related to the Usher syndrome, which may provoke the disease. The results were published in Nucleic Acids Research.
Ant workers that are infected with a tapeworm live much longer than their uninfected nest-mates. Parasitic infections are usually harmful to their hosts, but there are some exceptions. According to the results of a multi-year scientific study, ants of the species Temnothorax nylanderi show exceptionally high survival rates when infected with a tapeworm. The lifespan of the infected ants is significantly prolonged. Such workers have a survival rate similar to that of queens. Queens of this species can live for up to 20 years, while female workers rarely reach the age of two. Among possible explanations for this extended lifespan are the change in the physiology of infected ants caused by the parasites and the fact that infected workers are better supplied with food. The results have been published in Royal Socienty Open Science.
Meprin-ß is an essential metalloenzyme in intercellular signal transmission. As a proteolytic sheddase, Meprin-ß removes proteins from the cell surface, thereby releasing them and thereby controlling their functions in the organism.A malfunction of these processes can lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's dementia, fibrosis, cancer and inflammatory kidney disease, as target proteins of the meprin anchored on the cell surface are involved. The study of the AG Stöcker from the iMP was published in PNAS.