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.
As social insects, ants are particularly dependent on optimizing their communication in order to ward off enemies and to recognize individuals from their own colony. They must also protect themselves against desiccation. Their bodies are covered with wax-like substances known as cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) that serve both purposes – communication and protection against desiccation. The publication of the Menzel group Menzel decipehers for the first time the physical properties of cuticular hydrocarbons.
Vision is fundamentally based on the perception of contrast. When light conditions change, the eye needs a certain period of time to adapt and restore its ability to estimate contrast correctly. These processes are relatively well understood. However, researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have now discovered a mechanism employed by the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster that broadens our understanding of visual perception. Their results explain why the eye can correctly evaluate contrast, even in suddenly changing light conditions. Publication in Current Biology by Silies group from the IDN.
Acceptance of W3 professorship in Chromosome Dynamics
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Petra Beli from the iDN has acceted the offer of a W3 professurship in Chromosome Dynamics und has started a juniorprofessorship on Oct 1, 2019 at the Institute for Developmental Biology an Neurobiology. Beli is also group leader at the IMB.
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.