Corals that "spit" algae 

05/05/21 Microalgae of the dinoflagellate group are known for their ability to survive in other animal cells. These tiny single-cell organisms have engaged in mutually beneficial relationships with corals since primeval times. By passing on critical nutrients to their hosts, dinoflagellates allow corals to thrive even in barren areas. [...]


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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