Organisation Faculty 15 Biological Sciences


Organisational Structure

The Faculty of Biological Sciences consists of the Institutes of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity (Institute 1), Cell Biology and Neuroscience (Institute 2), Molecular Biological Sciences (Institute 3) and the Department of Bioscience Education. In all there are 38 Professors, which makes it one of the largest biological science faculties in Germany.

Find the Institutes and Facilities here.

The Faculty is presided by the Dean's Office.

Study Programmes

We participate in various bachelor’s and master’s study programmes as well as in the training of prospective teachers. In addition, the faculty provides the opportunity to participate in a PhD programme. You will find Information about the Degree Programm here.

Focus of our Research 

A particular research focus at the Faculty of Biological Sciences is the exploration of the long- and short-term adaptation of organisms to their environment. This research focuses on the entire spectrum of biodiversity, from microbes up to higher eukaryotes. In this context, the faculty profits from its continuation of the long Frankfurt tradition in organismic and molecular biology. In 2008, the success of the biodiversity research became evident in the establishment of the Centre for Biodiversity and Climate Research (BiK-F) at the university.

The factulty’s investigations of biochemical, cellular and neurobiological problem complexes are also highly topically oriented. Several research groups participate in the Collaborative Research Centres 902 (“Molecular Mechanisms of RNA-based Regulation”, which was approved in 2011) and 807 (“Transport and Communication Across Biological Membranes”). Seven research groups  belong to the Cluster of Excellence for Macromolecular Complexes, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and several other research groups are associated with it. The work done by these outstanding scientists strengthens the faculty’s profile in cell biology, neuroscience and molecular biology. 

Other important teaching and research cooperation partners of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, in addition those mentioned in this brochure, are the Max Planck Institutes for Brain Research and Biophysics, the Institute for Biomedical Research (Georg-Speyer-Haus), the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicine (Paul Ehrlich Institute), and the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt. 

With this varied research landscape as a background, students at the Goethe University are in an optimum environment for research-oriented study. In addition to theoretical training, there are numerous practical courses, and opportunities for thesis projects on current research issues. This provides excellent preparation for the students’ future professional careers, whether within or outside of academic research. 

In order to be able to achieve outstanding research results, the faculty is equipped with state-of-the-art technical facilities. The laboratories at the Biologicum and at the Biozentrum on the Riedberg Campus are of a high technical standard and extremely well equipped. Botanical gardens, greenhouses, plant growth chambers and an animal facility complement the basic installations necessary for good teaching and research. In partnership with the “Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft” Foundation, the Goethe University also supports the Honeybee Research Centre in Oberursel.

In addition, the Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library supports the faculty’s work with special offerings. It provides all the latest journals and textbooks, and includes special interest collections, as well as the Virtual Library of Biology, thus contributing to research and academic study at the highest level.