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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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!