About the Department
In the Department of Biology 30 professors and seven junior professors are working in the research areas "Ecology and Biological Resources", "Evolutionary Biology", "Molecular and Cell Biology", and "Microbiology and Infection Biology". Research associates as well as technical and administrative staff contribute significantly to the success of research and teaching.
In the offered BSc (Biology and Wood Economics) and MSc (Biology, Forestry, Marine Ecosystem and Fishery Science, Molecular Plant Science) study programs, we impart sound knowledge of the basics of biology combined with current research results.
Since its foundation in 1919 at the University of Hamburg, the Department of Biology has been characterized by the combination of basic and applied research. Biology benefits particularly from interdisciplinary cooperation with various other disciplines, e.g. chemistry, geosciences, computer science, and medicine.
Mission statement - Biology for our society
Today, biology plays a key role in our society: securing global food supplies and combating diseases requires both comprehensive biological knowledge and the preservation of natural resources and biodiversity. On the one hand, the elucidation molecular mechanisms in plants, animals and microorganisms, on the other hand the analysis and modelling of biosystems in times of globalization and climate change play a role. The sustainable use of biological resources also requires understanding of interactions of organisms with the environment and with other organisms.
"Biology for our society" is the guiding principle of the Department of Biology of the University of Hamburg, what is reflected in all areas of research and teaching.