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Physiology

 

Physiology is the study of how organisms function, from the molecular level to the organisms' interaction with the surrounding environment. Thus, plant physiologists deal with topics such as photosynthesis and the role of plant hormones in the growth and germination of seeds, animal physiologists study, for example, the animals' nervous and circulatory systems, and microbial physiologists investigate bacterial cell metabolism under oxygen-rich and oxygen-free conditions.

At Department of Biology, we study organisms of all levels of complexity, ranging from bacteria to animals and plants, and we are interested in understanding how organisms manage thriving in vastly different habitats on Earth. Some of our research questions address basic biological problems and some concern the evolution of the physiological processes. For example: How do cells conserve energy – or where does the energy come from? How do signals disseminate inside an organism? How does a snake digest its prey? And why does an organism work as it does? We are also working on understanding how organisms are affected by natural and human-induced environmental factors, such as changing oxygen concentrations, temperature changes, availability of nutrients, noise and/or the effect of toxic compounds.

Research centers in Physiology

Contact a researcher in Physiology

Hans Brix

Head of Department, Professor

Research areas

Freshwater biology
Waterlogged soils
Wetlands
Wastewater purification
Constructed wetlands
Sludge Treatment Reed Beds
Willow systems
Ecophysiology of plants
Nutrient uptake
Effects of anoxia
Photosynthesis
Climatic changes
Methane emission
Carbon sequestration

Research areas

Ecophysiology of plants
Photosynthesis
Plant physiology
Aquatic ecosystems
Emissions

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

Conservation
Animal adaptation to the environment
Freshwater biology
Fish and fish biology
Marine biology
Climatic changes
Marine ecology
Marine biology
Oceanography
Population biology
Respiration

Research areas

Biodiversity
Genetics and molecular evolution
Genome Analysis
Microbiology
Molecular microbiology

Research areas

Bioacoustics
Biophysics
Conservation
Animal physiology
Animal adaptation to the environment
Whales
Animals
Mammals

Research areas

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

Andreas Schramm

Professor, Vice Head of Center

Research areas

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

Research areas

Heredity and environment
Fruit flies
Animal adaptation to the environment
Evolution
Genetics
Insects
Selection
Stress and evolution genetics

Research areas

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