SFB 1208: Identity and Dynamics of Membrane Systems - from Molecules to Cellular Functions
Biological membranes maintain a non-equilibrium state between the inside and outside space of single cells, subcellular compartments, and between the cells of multicellular organisms. A prerequisite for life is that membranes are not static entities but comprise constantly changing boundaries that react in response to internal and external cues. How do membranes obtain their identity and control their spatio-temporal dynamics? Which role do their constituents play, mainly the different kinds of membrane proteins and protein complexes? These are the fundamental questions that will be addressed within this CRC. (more...)
Biology at HHU
At HHU, bio-scientific research is a key focus and we have one of the best-funded research centres in NRW. In addition, the biology department here is included in the latest rankings of the "Excellence Group" of European Universities. At the moment students can take diploma, bachelor and master's courses in biology. The biology department now offers a new kind of bachelor programme in biology with a variable course length that gives students the opportunity to switch to the four-year B.Sc. PLUS/International version including a period of study abroad in the USA. The biology department also offers the post-graduate two-year master's programme M.Sc. Biology which offers students the opportunity to specialise in a number of different areas. From the summer semester 2012 onwards, the biology department will also be offering a one-year international master's programme M.Sc. Biology International. Doctoral candidates will benefit from the intensive support of the graduate academy iGRAD and specialised graduate programmes throughout their entire period of study. Over the next few years, the HHU is planning a number of extensive building and modernisation projects for the biology department.