Centre for Biochemistry of the University of Heidelberg (BZH)


Centre for Biochemistry



Biochemie-Zentrum der Universität Heidelberg

Koordination Lehre

Im Neuenheimer Feld 328

69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54 4179

Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54 4163


The BZH belongs to the leading, internationally renowned German university institutions performing high level research and teaching in biochemistry. At present, the BZH houses 13 research groups with a total of about 200 scientific and non-scientific co-workers. A main research focus at the BZH is the assembly and the dynamics of protein complexes and biological membranes. Research projects within this area include membrane budding and fusion processes, transport to and across membranes, chromosome segregation and molecular clocks. Another focus is the pathogenic mechanisms of infectious diseases and anti-parasitic drug development.

Experimental strategies at the BZH comprise genetic, molecular biological, cell biological, biochemical and biophysical methods. As model systems cells and isolated proteins from mammals, yeast, insects, fungi, bacteria and parasitic protozoa are studied. This plethora of experimental systems provides the basis for multidisciplinary collaborations and an exciting scientific environment.

The BZH is also a unique and excellent place for biochemical teaching. Several hundreds students per year from the faculties of medicine, biosciences and chemistry are trained in a broad spectrum of courses. Courses range from the undergraduate to the graduate level and include lectures, seminars and practicals. Advanced students may choose from a variety of selected topics and can perform lab rotations and research projects. For its 60-65 graduate students, the BZH offers a PhD program which is linked to other graduate programs at the campus and allows optimal training at the frontier of life sciences and fosters inspiring discussions on up-to-date research projects.

Your Internship at the BZH

Topics cover the research interests of the various groups at the BZH and may include:

  • Regulated membrane fusion
  • Intracellular protein traffic
  • Chromosome segregation and cell division
  • Membrane proteins and structural analysis
  • Molecular clocks
  • Trypanosomes and drug design

In which field you perform your internship depends on your interest and the availability at the time of your visit.

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