Master of Science in Biology– Molecular Physiology & Developmental Biology

Bild1The Molecular Physiology & Developmental Biology honours degree course covers aspects of Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Developmental Biology of plants and animals. The courses give insights into the immune system of animals and deal with the adaptive mechanisms of plants to environmental stress. They also provide insights into the regulation of development processes in plants and animals. The practical courses introduce the participants to state-of-the-art techniques and methods to study current research topics as specified on the websites of the groups (AG Leippe / AG Sauter). The lectures and practical courses present model organisms such as Arabidopsis thaliana, Caenorhabditis elegans, Dictyostelium discoideum, Drosophila melanogaster, Hydra spec., and Oryza sativa  and provide examples for  their use in studying fundamental  biological questions.


The courses introduce students to an array of methods in the fields of Cell Biology (light and fluorescence microscopy, staining methods, subcellular localisation etc.) and Molecular Biology (cloning, transformation, mutant analysis, promoter:reporter gene analysis, bioinformatical analysis). Students will furthermore be introduced to –omics techniques including genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics. Practicals take place in small groups to allow each student to gain hands-on experience. Students are supported by young researchers which help each student to improve at their own level. In advanced lab courses, students get involved in ongoing research projects which provides them with the opportunity to focus their interests and develop their own strengths.

 To obtain a Master of Science in Biology degree with a focus on Molecular Physiology and Developmental Biology at least 40 out of 60 credit points are required in this field.

 The following courses are electable in the field of Molecular Physiology and Developmental Biology:


Contact: Leippe & Sauter