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From molecules to organisms

Research at the Department of Biology stands out in virtue of the variety of topics addressed here. Examples include organelle biogenesis, regulation of mitosis, tissue regeneration in fish, adaptations of plants to extreme environment conditions, and biodiversity in tropical rain forests.

The department regularly earns top positions in the DFG funding ranking thanks to the quality of our research. The research modules and final theses completed by our students allow them to get involved in research projects at an early stage.

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  • Prof. em. Dr. Erwin Beck (Plant Physiology)
  • Prof. Dr. Franz X. Bogner (Didactics of Biology)
  • Prof. Dr. Konrad Dettner (Animal Ecology II)
  • Prof. Dr. Harold Drake
  • Apl. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gebauer (Isotope Biogeochemistry)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Hoffmann (Animal Ecology I)
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Jensen (Plant Systematics)
  • Prof. em. Dr. Siegfried Klautke (Didactics of Biology)
  • Prof. Dr. Diethelm Kleiner (Microbiology)
  • Prof. em. Dr. Walter Klingmüller (Genetics)
  • Prof. Dr. Ewald Komor (Plant Physiology)
  • Prof. Dr. Ortwin Rabenbauer née Meyer (Microbiology)
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rambold (Mycology)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schumann (Genetics)
  • Prof. Dr. John Tenhunen (Plant Ecology)
  • Prof. em. Dr. Dietrich von Holst (Animal Physiology)
  • Prof. em. Dr. Helmut Zwölfer (Animal Ecology I)
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Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) Ranking

The CHE Ranking have confirmed that the University of Bayreuth excels in providing its students with subject-specific guidance. For example, support is rated as "excellent" in all areas of biology. ...more

DFG Funding Ranking

As the DFG Funding Atlas 2015 shows, the University of Bayreuth has managed to increase the funding it acquires from the DFG by 40% over the past 40 years. Relative to the number of researchers employed at the University, the University of Bayreuth clearly combines a wide range of fields with strong research expertise. For example, it is 4th place among all German universities in the category Life Sciences, and it was included in the top 20 in the categories Natural Sciences and Engineering. In addition, research in the natural sciences and environmental science with a focus on forestry and agricultural sciences was ranked 8th nationwide. ...more

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