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 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. Please remember to bring your 3G proof for the appointment. These regulations will initially apply until the end of winter term 2021/2022.
Primary cilia are microtubule based sensory organelles important for receiving and processing cellular signals. Recent studies have shown that cilia also release extracellular vesicles (EVs). EVs have been shown to exert various physiological functions, these findings have the potential to alter our understanding of how primary cilia regulate specific signalling pathways. The group May-Siemra at the imP shows that ciliary mutant mammalian cells demonstrate increased secretion of small EVs (smEVs) and a change in EV composition. The results have been published in Nature Communications.
Ant colonies with a higher degree of genetic diversity thrive better than those that consist of individuals with more similar genetic backgrounds. This is the conclusion of an experimental study of the Libbrecht group at iomE in which researchers compared various colonies of the common black ant with one another. The results of this study may explain why unusual phenomena, such as queens that are fertilized more than once and colonies with several queens simultaneously, could have evolved in some insect societies. This occurs not only in ants but also among many different species of eusocial insects.
As part of its Life? project, the Volkswagen Foundation is funding a research project that is placing membraneless organelles within cells in the spotlight as a way of understanding the fundamental processes that are essential to life. Professor Edward Lemke will be receiving roughly EUR 1 million in financing over the next five years to support his work in this field. Together with his research team, Lemke recently demonstrated that it is possible to design a membraneless organelle that can assume completely new functions within a cell. The biophysical chemist is Professor of Synthetic Biophysics at the Institute for Molecular Physiology and Adjunct Director at the IMB.
Joint gardening and experiencing biological diversity: As part of a cooperation project with the Landeszentrale für Umweltaufklärung Rheinland-Pfalz (LZU), a Diversity Garden in the Botanical Garden of FB10 is being created, which complements the educational offer of the Green School as a meeting place for biodiversity education. This diversity garden is intended to bring together young people who want to work for the preservation of biodiversity. The cost of the new garden amounts to 30,000 euros. The construction and creation of the Diversity Garden was made possible by donations from the Mainz Science Foundation and the Friends of the Botanical Garden.
In 2019, Professor Edward Lemke and his research team succeeded in creating an artificial membraneless organelle that translated the RNA code using a new code, or language, without interfering with RNA translation in the rest of the cell. Now, Lemke and Dr. Christopher Reinkemeier, have further built on this success by creating film-like organelles that can be used to subdivide cell processes into even smaller spaces. The biggest gain is that we were able to create extremely small reaction spaces.This way we can have several of them in a cell at the same time, explained Lemke, Professor of Synthetic Biophysics at the imP. This novel method not only allows scientists to engineer proteins with unique functions, but also helps them to better understand how eukaryotic cell functions evolve. Results have been published in Cell.