Research / Forschung

What we do


The Institute of Biology at U Leipzig is dedicated to answering some of the biggest questions in life science: how do we solve the current biodiversity crisis, how do organisms learn and communicate, how do our skin cells regenerate, how can we use microscopic life forms to engineer new materials and processes, and many others.

We work with a many local and global partners, among them the three Max-Planck Institutes, the German Centre for Biodiversity Research, and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates go on to work in academic or industrial research, business, and government agencies. Some operate their own companies. Below are some of the current jobs of our graduates in the last few years.

Management/Research positions in the private sector:

Manager at Roche Diagnostics GmbH, regional director at ALBA group, manager Onkologie Eisai GmbH, Head of R&D Biotype Diagnostics GmbH, business director at MedTronic GmbH, deep brain stimulation expert at Medtronic GmbH, manager at Alexion Pharmy Germany GmbH, head of electrophysiology at NeuroProof GmbH, manager at PharmaLex GmbH, section leader at DFB-Medien GmbH, research Scientist at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, project manager at IHF GmbH stroke research, team leader at Wörwag Pharma GmbH, manager at Engelhard Arzneimittel GmbH, head of project management at IDZ Biologika, clinical researcher at MSD Sharp & Dohme, senior consultant at MDSS Consulting GmbH, clinical study Coordinator at SelfDiagnostics Deutschland GmbH, Science Liason Manager Onkologie AstraZeneca GmbH, researcher at Cognate Bioservice GmbH, medical brand manager Rx G. Pohl-Boskamp GmbH, researcher at MVZ Labor Leipzig, personnel manager at M+P GmbH, researcher at mibe Arzneimittel GmbH, client care at Xerox GmbH, group leader at Ligandis

Management/Research positions at public agencies and institutions:

Project manager at Umweltbildung at BUNDstiftung, project manager at Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative e.V., archivar at the natural history museum Berlin, researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy, researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, docent at Tierpark Berlin, researcher at Leibniz Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung

Academic research and administrative positions:

Researcher at Royal Veterinary College London, postdoctoral fellow University of Sydney, postdoctoral fellow at Rotman Research Institut Baycrest Canada, head of quality assurance at Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, researcher at Universitätsklinikum Leipzig, lab manager Carl-Ludwig-Institute of Physiology Uni Leipzig, group leader at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, scientific associate and coordinator at Technische Universität Dresden, researcher at Technische Universität Cottbus, researcher at Universitätsklinikum Jena, researcher at Max-Planck Weizmann Center for Archaeology, postdoctoral fellow at Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, postdoctoral fellow at Universität Freiburg

Businesses started by graduates

K6K Unternehmensberatung, MaKroh Consult, Effigos GmbH

Research topics

The neurobiology group (Prof. Schönwiesner) investigates learning and perception in brains of mice and men using functional imaging and cellular recordings with a focus on the hearing system to discover how the brain encodes and processes simple and complex stimuli and how it adapts to change. We run a second lab at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research in Montreal, Canada.

Cell biology
The cell biology group (Prof. Magin) investigates the function of the keratin cytoskeleton for epidermal differentiation, pathogenesis and regeneration. We aim to understand how mutations in keratin genes cause genetic skin disease such as Epidermolysis bullosa simplex. The group operates the BioImaging Core Facility.

Animal molecular evolution and systematics
The animal molecular evolution group (Prof. Steinfartz) investigates the ecology, evolution and molecular biology of amphibians and reptiles with ecological and genetic/genomic methods. We focus especially on how populations diversify into new species and adapt to environmental changes. We are also interested in conservation biology in amphibians (model: new amphibian disease chytridiomycosis) and insects (model: rarity and diversity of canopy wood-dwelling beetles).

Plant molecular evolution and systematics
The mission of the plant molecular evolution group (Prof. Müllner-Riehl) is to describe biodiversity in species-rich areas of the world and to elucidate the processes giving rise to this biodiversity with a focus on widely distributed plant families and on geographic areas of high global conservation priority.

Behavioural Ecology
The behavioural ecology group (Prof. Anja Widdig) is primarily interested in the interplay between behaviour, ecology, genetics and individual fitness (i.e. genes passed into the next generation) at various levels, mainly in primates, but also cooperatively breeding mammals (meerkats, molerats), and birds (barn swallows). Currently, we focus on i) genetic studies to understand sociality, and ii) ecological and social studies to understand chemical communication in mammals. We work with long-term behavioural, demographic and genetic data, but also with data on acoustic, visual and chemical communication and camera trapping.

Animal physiology
The animal physiology group (Prof. Kittel) focusses on neurophysiological processes. We study molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and sensory physiology and investigate the operation of neuronal circuits in the context of social interactions and adaptive behaviour. To this end, we engage neuro- and optogenetic approaches, electrophysiolgy, behavioural analyses, conventional and super-resolution light microscopy in Drosophila and further insect species. To find out more about our current projects visit the research group pages kittel-lab and stevenson-lab.

letzte Änderung: 29.11.2019