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Molecular cell biology

Understanding how cells work and respond to their environment is a fundamental aspect of biology. Research within molecular cell biology at the Department of Biology encompasses studies on both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms (animals in particular) and is placed in the context of genetics, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. Research on bacteria focuses on how microorganisms drive the global element cycles and how they interact with animals and plants. Research on various animals discloses the molecular and cellular basis for animal adaptations to their environment and behaviors.

For example, we look into the cellular and subcellular molecular mechanisms regulating energy metabolism, mitochondrial respiration and consequences for cardiovascular function in vertebrates, with focus on hypoxia tolerant species. We also study the transport of electrons in cable-bacteria over centimeter distance and work on elucidating the mechanism and the structure that allow these bacteria to perform their fascinating lifestyle. Biological aspects like these have strong impact in the biomedical field and in the field of ecology, respectively.

Research centers in Molecular cell biology

Center for Electromicrobiology

Research groups in Molecular cell biology

Contact a researcher in Molecular cell biology

Research areas

Animal physiology
blood,
oxygen transport, respiration
gasotransmitters
Animal adaptation to the environment
hypoxia,
hibernation, metabolic depression
mitochondria
Molecular ecophysiology
protein function,
globin proteins

Research areas

Astrobiology
Microbial processes and substance cycles
Microbiology

Research areas

Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
Microbiology
Bacterial adhesion
Environmental Microbiology
Bacteria
Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
Food safety
Nanobiotechnology
Scanning probe microscopy (SPM)

Research areas

Fruit flies
Animal physiology
Animal adaptation to the environment
Spiders
Insects
Climatic changes
Cardiovascular Physiology
Reptiles

Research areas:

  • Aero-microbiology (atmospheric microbiology)
  • Microbial ice nucleation
  • Microbial airborne dispersal (pathogen airborne dispersal)
  • Biogeography
  • Polar microbiology

Andreas Schramm

Professor, Vice Head of Center

Research areas

Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology
Molecular Microbial Ecology
Bacteria
Biodiversity
Ecology
Evolution
Molecular microbiology

Research areas

Animal physiology
Reptiles
Amphibians
Animals
Animal adaptation to the environment
Cardiovascular Physiology