Department of Botany I - Plant-Physiology and Biophysics


Teaching Activities

Teaching activities in the Bachelor studies Biology

We are an international oriented working group, that offers international program-students (e.g. ERASMUS students) the possibility to complete an internship (practical courses, see below).

4. Semester: „Advanced molecular physiology of plants“ (06077190)

Within the methods- and techniques-oriented practical course, the basics of molecular plant physiology are presented. The students learn to determine stomatal movements, the reconstitution of signaling cascades in Xenopus oocytes as well as the phenotyping of transgenic plants and the cloning of genes involved in the ABA-signaling pathway of guard cells.

5./6. Semester: „ Membrane biology in plants“ (0607850 und 0607951) bachelor thesis (0607902)

Both practical courses as well as the subsequent bachelor thesis are supervised by PostDocs and advanced PhD students. If possible the practical work as well as the topic of the course is chosen so that they finally lead to the bachelor thesis. This enables the students to continuously work on one topic of the current research in the working group. In the thesis, the student should be able to scientifically document the results and discuss the outcome in the light of the current literature.

Within the Geiger working group, molecular biology, biophysical and fluorescence-based methods and techniques are often connected to understand plant membrane transport processes. The sophisticated methods are not plant specific and thus enables the students to use the techniques in research projects with animals, too.

Teaching activities in the Master studies Biology (focus area 3)

  • Lecture series and seminar „Biophysics und Biochemistry“ (0610320)
  • Biophysics of plant membrane proteins F1 (0610331)
  • Biophysics of plant membrane proteins F2 (0610332)
  • Masterthesis Biology (0607495)

Prof. Geiger is the organizer of the master lecture series with seminar in “Biophysics and Biochemistry”. This international lecture series is focused on state-of-the-art biophysical and biochemicla methods and techniques and is held in English language. The lectures encompasses modern techniques such as electrophysiology, (superresolution) microscopy, structural biology, optical sensors/opto-genetics and atomic force microscopy.

The practical courses and the master thesis in the master program biology (focus area 3) are supervised by the group leader, PostDocs and PhD-students. The master students are fully intergrated in the working group and work on a current research project. Emphasis will be given to the scientific approach the experimental methodology so that the student can benefit from the education in its future scientific career. The results from the F1 and F2 practical courses are usually the basis of the master thesis.