Botanical Garden

Welcome to the Faculty of Biological Sciences

Botanical Garden
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The Faculty of Biological Sciences represents a broad variety of biological disciplines as well as the nutritional sciences and pharmacy. Famous scholars such as the botanist Matthias Jacob Schleiden (1804-1881) and the zoologist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) worked here with their sunny and dark sides.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences cooperates with other faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University and non-university research institutes of the Max Planck Society and the Leibniz Association in several coordinated research projects. These projects are part the Cluster of Excellence "Balance of the Microverse" funded by the German Research Foundation.  

Exzellence cluster Balance of the Microverse
The Research Cluster investigates the complex interactions of microorganisms with other organisms and with their environment, which are of great significance for the functioning of ecosystems, our climate and the well-being of plants, animals and humans.

Latest News

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Two major European research grants awarded to the University of Jena
Microbiologist Prof. Kai Papenfort.
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)
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Zoology professor Andreas Hejnol and international research team publish article in the renowned journal "Nature"
Pillidium larva of a marine cordworm (l.) and a larva of a marine brachiopod (r.).
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Newly appointed Prof. Gianni Panagiotou researches microbiomes with bioinformatics methods
Gianni Panagiotou is Professor of "Microbiome Dynamics" since 6 January 2023.
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Jena researchers discover the mode of action of a bacterial toxin
PhD students Yu Hou (left) and Yuko Bando (right) discuss the calcium response of the algal cells, which is visible on the screen as a peak after administration of synthetic orfamide A.
Image: Anxhela Rredhi
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Two scientists from the University of Jena among the world's most cited researchers
Bioinformatician Prof. Dr Bas E. Dutilh.
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Research team discovers novel approach to treating certain B-cell lymphomas
PhD student Eva-Maria Piskor is co-author of the study. She is pipetting samples for the Western blot.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)