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Biology, the science of life, encompasses a multitude of disciplines. This diversity is reflected in the variety of subjects to be studied at the Faculty of Biology, ranging from organismic disciplines in Zoology and Botany to molecular aspects in Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. The various groups collaborate closely with the Centre for Medical Biotechnology (ZMB) and the Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU).

Obituary: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Hensel

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Hensel sitting at his desk, smiling

Last week the faculty of biology was informed that our much valued colleague and longtime faculty member Prof. Dr. Reinhard Hensel died at the age of 68. Reinhard Hensel, professor emeritus of microbiology has taught at our faculty from 1991 through 2013. His research focused on special group of microorganisms, the Archaea. Driven by his fascination for their adaptability to extreme environmental conditions such as in the boiling hot springs of Iceland, he investigated the metabolic mechanisms that allow them to thrive in these habitats. He was always happy to share his enthusiasm for microorganisms as well as for biodiversity and ecology and has inspired several generations of students who attended his numerous classes and field trips.

From 2001 through 2004, Rheinhard Hensel took on the responsibility of Dean of the faculty of biology. With his resourcefulness he made a major contribution to the reorientation of the faculty, which among other achievements resulted in the establishment of the Centre for Medical Biotechnology and the Centre of Water and Environmental Research.

We would like to express our deepest sympathies to his family. Reinhard Hensel was an extraordinary colleague who we will miss dearly.     

Preliminary discussion on the establishment of new study programs

At 1.03. members of the Rectorate, professors, staff and students of the faculty, as well as administrative staff gathered in the Dean's Office of Biology. The reason for this was the kick-off meeting, which marks the start of the accreditation process for four new degree programs.

Starting in winter semester 19/20, the Faculty of Biology intends to set up the Bachelor's degree programs in Molecular Biology and Aquatic Biology.

Three years later, the consecutive master's degree programs in molecular biology and molecular and microbiology of water are going to follow.

2015 Selected Publications

Poepsel S, Sprengel A, Sacca B, Kaschani F, Kaiser M, Gatsogiannis C, Raunser S, Clausen T, Ehrmann M. Determinants of amyloid fibril degradation by the PDZ protease HTRA1. Nat Chem Biol. 2015 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Nickel S, Nickel P, Hellmert M, Ernst S, Jewell R, Pearce CA, Jones G, Hamza D, Kaiser M. Synthesis of a hexahydropyrrolo indole (HPI) compound library. Bioorg Med Chem. 2015 Jun 1;23(11):2636-45.

Sierra S, Dybowski JN, Pironti A, Heider D, Güney L, Thielen A, Reuter S, Esser S, Fätkenheuer G, Lengauer T, Hoffmann D, Pfister H, Jensen B, Kaiser R. Parameters Influencing Baseline HIV-1 Genotypic Tropism Testing Related to Clinical Outcome in Patients on Maraviroc. PLoS One. 2015 May 13;10(5):e0125502.

Malkemper EP, Eder SH, Begall S, Phillips JB, Winklhofer M, Hart V, Burda H. Magnetoreception in the wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus): influence of weak frequency-modulated radio frequency fields. Sci Rep. 2015 Apr 29;4:9917.

Serrano M, Kombrink E, Meesters C. Considerations for designing chemical screening strategies in plant biology. Front Plant Sci. 2015 Apr 8;6:131. Review.

Selbach C, Soldánová M, Sures B. Estimating the risk of swimmer's itch in surface waters - A case study from Lake Baldeney, River Ruhr. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2015 Mar 30.

Bracht T, Schweinsberg V, Trippler M, Kohl M, Ahrens M, Padden J, Naboulsi W, Barkovits K, Megger DA, Eisenacher M, Borchers CH, Schlaak JF, Hoffmann AC, Weber F, Baba HA, Meyer HE, Sitek B. Analysis of disease-associated protein expression using quantitative proteomics-fibulin-5 is expressed in association with hepatic fibrosis. J Proteome Res. 2015 May 1;14(5):2278-86.

Ehrmann M, Kaschani F, Kaiser M. Chemical proteomics versus leishmaniasis. Chem Biol. 2015 Mar 19;22(3):309-10.

Hartmann-Fatu C, Trusch F, Moll CN, Michin I, Hassinen A, Kellokumpu S, Bayer P. Heterodimers of Tyrosylprotein Sulfotrans-ferases suggest existence of a higher organization level of transferases in the membrane of the trans-Golgi apparatus. J Mol Biol. 2015 Feb 5. pii: S0022-2836(15)00077-7.

Li M, Schlesiger S, Knauer SK, Schmuck C. A Tailor-Made Specific Anion-Binding Motif in the Side Chain Transforms a Tetrapeptide into an Efficient Vector for Gene Delivery. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2015 Jan 22.

Saccà B, Ishitsuka Y, Meyer R, Sprengel A, Schöneweiß EC, Nienhaus GU, Niemeyer CM. Reversible Reconfiguration of DNA Origami Nanochambers Monitored by Single-Molecule FRET. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2015 Jan 28.

Minister of Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poesgen in a group photo with members of the rectorate

Science Minister visited the faculty of Biology

As part of your inaugural visit to the UDE on 05.03.2018, NRW Minister of Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen visited the Faculty of Biology.

The topic of the positive and constructive discussions was primarily the development of the research areas of medical biology and water research.