Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology!

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Our Department works on the biochemistry, and molecular and cell biology of one of the world’s most dangerous parasites, Plasmodium, which causes malaria. This disease, which kills approximately 400, 000 people per year, threatens around a third of the world’s population. 90% of fatalities are children under the age of 5 living in some of the poorest countries in the world. We believe that basic research can play an important role in uncovering potential Achilles’ Heels that can be exploited for drug-discovery and the development of novel anti-malaria therapies. 

The Department is organized into different project groups working on various facets of the parasite’s biology and composed of both junior and senior scientists, as well as a highly trained team of technicians. In addition, we are happy to have recruited Dr. Ross Douglas, who leads an independent junior research group.

We have a strong network of collaboration partners both around the world and within the local research community. Of particular note is our participation in the DRUID consortium, funded by the state government, which brings together researchers from Giessen, Marburg, Frankfurt, and Langen to collaborate on a wide range of important infectious diseases. We also receive generous support from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD).

As part of the Institute of Nutritional Sciences, we teach courses at both Bachelor and Master level, and additionally we usually have 5-6 Ph.D. students undergoing advanced training. If you are highly motivated and wish to join our Team for your Master or Bachelor Thesis, just drop us a line and we can arrange a visit! 

Please take a look at our further Departmental pages to find more information about our research and teaching activities. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Prof. Dr. Jude Przyborski 

Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Heisenberg Professor 

Our YouTube Channel: KKB

KKB is an online educational resource for practical core competencies in the life sciences and is a project of Justus Liebig University in Gießen. Under the leadership of the Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Jude Przyborski), common and specialized techniques in this field are to be introduced and taught. The project is supported by internal QSL funds.

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