Department of Botany I - Plant-Physiology and Biophysics

Teaching Activities


In the bachelor biology program our research group participates to the module “The Cell” and organizes a key qualification course in the 4th semester with the topic: “Gene technology and its acceptance by the society”. In later semesters, we offer practical courses that focus on the regulation of membrane transport in plant cells. Finally, an extended practical course is provided, which is used as a foundation for the bachelor thesis.

1th Semester

Exercises in the module „The Cell “

These exercises are intended to exemplify fundamental principles of physical chemistry, using written tasks and some basic experiments. 

4th Semester

Key qualification „Gene technology and its acceptance by the society “

New inventions, or scientific developments, often encounter skepticism in the society, or even are radically rejected. In this key qualification, we discuss the reasons why certain gene technological techniques are accepted by the society, whereas others are banned.

4th-6th Semester

Practical course for advanced students “How are signals transmitted by animal and plant cells – Illumination by Biosensors "

A large variety of biosensors has been developed that make use of fluorescent, luminescent, or electrical signals, to study biological processes. In this practical course, students learn to work with several biosensors that are commonly used in biological research. The sensors detect signals such as changes in the cytosolic calcium, or reactive oxygen species levels, or measure ion current and fluxes. During the bachelor thesis research, these or similar techniques are used to study ion transport in plant cells more intensively, each student being able to develop his/her own project.

Master programme

Lecture series

Our research group offers courses in the master program biology, focus area 3. These courses are organized by the departments; botany I, botany II and pharmaceutical biology. In the winter term the lecture series “Biophysics and Biochemistry” features lectures on modern techniques in biophysics and biochemical research. In the frame of this lecture series, I focus on the use of microscopy techniques, which are used to study signal transduction in single plant cells

Biophysics of plant membrane proteins, F1 and F2

Practical courses in the master program “biophysics of plant membrane proteins” will be linked to our current research projects. Based on these projects, the research topic of the practical course will be chosen and a working hypothesis will be postulated. Emphasis will be given to the scientific approach the experimental methodology, used in the experimental approach. The experiments will be conducted in our laboratories using whole tissue, or single cell techniques that are supervised by the group leader and PhD-students. The extended F2 course can be used to elaborate the experimental work of the F1 project and the results normally will be used as the basis of the master thesis.