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Welcome to the website of the biology unit at Osnabrück University! Our research activities cover a wide range of biological disciplines. Our range of courses includes both research-oriented and teaching-oriented courses, in which basic principles from the entire spectrum of biology are taught.

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Outstanding fly portrait: Osnabrück student wins international photo competition


With his photo of a fly's head, Kai Jürgens won the international image competition of the electron microscope manufacturer JEOL in August - and is thus also in the running for the picture of the year. The impressive image was taken as part of his master's thesis in the Zoology group under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Achim Paululat.

Latest research: keeping the heart in the right rhythm


How does the heart keep its rhythm? This question was the focus of an investigation led by Dr. Heiko Harten from the Zoology research group. The researchers discovered that the enzyme "Neprilysin 4" plays a decisive, hitherto unknown role in this process. The results were published in the journal "Nature Communications".

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Date: 09.10.2022 - 11:00
Location: Botanical Garden, Bohnenkamphaus

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Sokoya et.al. (2022) Elife. 11:e79278.  
Shvarev et.al. (2022) Elife11:e80901.
Levin et.al. (2022) Biochim Biophys Acta Biomembr. 1864:11

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Research group Structural Biology

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Our research

Our research profile covers a wide range of biological disciplines. Here you will find an overview of the different research groups.


Our curriculum includes both research and teaching-oriented courses that teach fundamentals from across the spectrum of biology.

Science goes public

At the "Osnabrücker Wissensforum", researchers from the university answer questions from interested citizens. Here you can find a selection of contributions of Osnabrück Biology scientists.

University & schools

For many years, the Biology unit at Osnabrück University has supported schools in designing modern biology lessons with the two projects "Explain-OS" and "NaT-Working-OS".