Traffic Jam in the Cell: How Are Proteins Assigned to Specific Transporters?

9/04/19 A fundamental cellular mechanism ensures that proteins are transported to the places they are needed in the cells and vesicles are responsible for that transport. Determining their composition has been difficult up to now, not least because of their short life span. [...]


The Heidelberg University Faculty of Biosciences is one of the most vibrant and interactive Life Science Faculties in Europe. It covers a broad area of disciplines ranging from molecular life sciences to biodiversity, including biotechnology and pharmacy, and addressing questions at all experimental and computational levels from structural to systems biology. Several examples of our high impact publications, awards and prestigious grants can be found under ‘News’. 

The Faculty of Biosciences is part of Heidelberg's unique Campus structure, the Neuenheimer Feld. It hosts numerous adjacent faculties as well as excellent non-university research institutions.

Faculty members are organized in Centers and Institutes, most of which also host colleagues from different faculties or with dual affiliations.

These institutes, together with campus-wide Core Facilities offer ideal research and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, junior group leaders and senior researchers alike. Heidelberg's success in the German Excellence Initiative allowed the establishment of innovative structures such as inter-institutional partnerships and research networks such as the Cluster CellNetworks. A reflection of the breadth and quality of research in the Heidelberg Life science community are also numerous third party funded collaborative research centers and training networks.


Research and research-oriented teaching in the life sciences strongly benefits from interactions with colleagues in other faculties and in non-University institutions. Many of these are situated in the Neuenheimer Feld Campus, which strongly facilitates scientific exchange and collaborations.


  • Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim (ZI Mannheim)
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
  • Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)
  • Max Planck Institut for Medical Research Heidelberg (MPI)
  • Medical Faculties of the University (Heidelberg and Mannheim)

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