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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.