Institute of Biology II
Research at the Institut Biologie II (Zoology) focuses on neurobiological questions. Main topics are the investigation of the acoustic, visual and chemical senses and the processing of sensory signals in higher brain centers. In addition cellular communication processes are investigated. Here the spectrum of model systems includes signalling during fertilisation in mammals, cell communication during the oogenesis in fruitflies, signalling of gametes of the malaria parasite, and communication between nerve cells in cell culture systems. Where possible also biomimetic and technological applications are investigated. Within the scope of all these activities many collaborations exist. These represent important interdisciplinary connections to medical research as well as engineering. The members of the institute are involved in teaching topics in zoology, neurobiology and animal physiology, but also many cell biological topics. In addition the institute is mainly responsible for the curriculum of future teachers of biology and its didactics.