How Switches Work in Bacteria

14/10/2017 Many bacteria have molecular control elements, via which they can switch on and off genes. These riboswitches also open up new options in the development of antibiotics or for the detection and decomposition of environmental toxins. Prof. Dr. Andres Jäschke of the IPMB together with researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Freie Universität Berlin have now used light optical microscopy of single molecules to fundamentally study the way riboswitches work. [...]

Faculty Council

The faculty council advises in all important matters that concern the faculty. The following topics are subject to the explicit approval of the council:

  • the structural and development plans of the Faculty,
  • the educational programmes, changes and/or discontinuation of faculty institutions,
  • the rules and regulations of the study programmes, in this case also the approval of the respective Study Committee is required.
  • the appointment of new professors

The Faculty of Biosciences has instituted a large faculty council, whose members are:

Permanent members of the faculty council (regular and co-opted professors of the faculty):

Detlev Arendt, Hilmar Bading, Ralf Bartenschlager, Claus R. Bartram, Michael Boutros, Benedikt Brors, Britta Brügger, Michael Brunner, Bernd Bukau, Christine Clayton, Roland Eils, Sylvia Erhardt, Oliver Fackler, Rainer Fink, Marc Freichel, Gert Fricker, Stephan Frings, Frauke Gräter, Thomas Greb, Walter Haefeli, Markus Hecker, Rüdiger Hell, Thomas W. Holstein, Ed Hurt, Andres Jäschke, Claudio Joazeiro, Henrik Kaessmann, Christian Klein, Michael Knop, Marcus Koch, Hans-Georg Kräusslich, Ursula Kummer, Michael Lanzer, Marius Lemberg, Steffen Lemke, Ingrid Lohmann, Jan Lohmann, Frank Lyko, Alexis Maizel, Ana Martin-Villalba, Daniela Mauceri, Frauke Melchior, Hannah Monyer, Ulrike Müller, Walter Nickel, Gislene Pereira, Gabriele Elisabeth Pollerberg, Gudrun Rappold, Thomas Rausch, Robert Russell, Elmar Schiebel, Ilme Schlichting, Karin Schumacher, Christoph M. Schuster, Ulrich Schwarz, Irmgard Sinning, Rainer Spanagel, Georg Stoecklin, Sabine Strahl, Uwe Strähle, Rebecca Wade, Felix Wieland, Thomas Wieland, Michael Wink, Joachim Wittbrodt, Stefan Wölfl,
(contact information can be found under 'Lecturers' in the menu on the left)

Elected members of the faculty council - faculty staff:

Claudia Erbar, Steffen Greiner, Matthias Mayer, Frank Möhrlen, Gabriele Reich
(these members are elected every four years)

Elected members of the faculty council – administrative and technical staff:

Petra Fellhauer, Katrin Kneféli,
(these members are elected every four years)

Elected members of the faculty council – students:

Melisa Acikgöz (Biosciences), Jonas Jürgensen (Biosciences), Marius Breitkopf (Biosciences), Onur Saricicek (Biosciences), Miriam Bovelett (MoBi), Max Manuel Engel (MoBi), Sarah Schlott (Pharmacy), Anne Goll (Pharmacy).
(these members are elected every year and can be contacted through the 'Fachschaften',, &


In general the Faculty Council meets 2 to 3 times per Semester to discuss all faculty related issues including education and the appointment of professors.

Faculty Council Meetings can be found in the Faculty Calendar.