Department of Biology

Disease-causing microbes as well as cancer cells gang together to form larger structures – and only then become dangerous to humans. Scientists at FAU, at Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin in Erlangen and Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden have now presented a...

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved another new Collaborative Research Center/Transregio (SFB/TRR) at FAU, which also involves scientists from the Faculty of Sciences. The goal of  SFB/TRR 305 "Striking a moving target: From mechanisms of metastatic organ colonisation to novel systemic...

Is it possible to influence the progression of an aggressive form of leukaemia and improve chances of recovery by adopting a special diet? Research conducted by the team of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Robert Slany at the Chair of Genetics at FAU and published in the journal ‘BloodAdvances’ suggests...

How does the immune system manage to fight invasive pathogens without damaging the body? And why does it sometimes turn against the body after all? A team from the Chair of Genetics at FAU has been exploring these questions together with the university hospitals in Erlangen and Regensburg. Certai...

We all know that excessive consumption of alcohol is bad for our health. Moderate quantities of alcohol, however, can be beneficial to our health in some circumstances. In a paper recently published in Nature, a team of researchers from FAU shows that alcohol modifies the immune system in a very spe...

Infectious diseases triggered by bacteria and other microbes are the most frequent cause of human mortality across the globe. Roughly half of the world’s population carry the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) in their stomach, known to be the most significant risk factor for ulcers, MALT lymp...

If there’s one thing potato plants don’t like, it’s heat. If the temperature is too high, potato plants form significantly lower numbers of tubers or sometimes none at all. Biochemists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now discovered the reason why. If the temperature r...

Axis formation is an important stage in embryonic development. This is when it is determined which side will develop into the head and which into the abdomen. If something goes wrong during axis formation the result is embryos with two abdomens or two heads. Researchers from Friedrich-Alexander-Univ...