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Sven Heinrich at the wheel of the "Thor Heyerdahl" off the coast of Cuba. (Photo: private)

Sven Heinrich studied geography at the University of Würzburg. Today, he is a permanent crew member of the "Thor Heyerdahl" sail training ship.

The MRI scans show differences in the brains of healthy participants (left) and patients with congestive heart failure. (Picture: CHFC Würzburg)

Patients suffering from congestive heart failure tend to have cognitive deficits. This is not because of the heart's reduced pumping capacity as a research team from Würzburg has recently found.

quer: Die Alge Chara nutzt elektrische Potentiale, um in ihrem Körper Signale über längere Strecken (mehrere Zentimeter) weiterzuleiten. Welche Ionenkanäle daran beteiligt sind, ist noch unbekannt. Bild um 90 Grad gekippt. (Bild: Nora Stingl, Rob Roelfsema, Anna Alova)

The genome of the algae species Chara braunii has been decoded. It already contains the first genetic characteristics that enabled the water plants' evolutionary transition to land.

A butterfly (pale clouded yellow, Colias hyale) on a chalk heath in Lower Franconia. This habitat with its species-rich insect communities is at a special risk in Bavaria because of the nitrogen input. (Photo: Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter)

How does climate change affect biodiversity and ecosystem performance in Bavaria? Which strategies can counteract the impacts? The new Bavarian research alliance "LandKlif" seeks to answer these questions.

The German Cancer Aid will establish a junior research center in Würzburg to do cancer research (the picture shows a carcinoma of the prostate, yellow). (Photo: Würzburg University Hospital)

The German Cancer Aid will set up one of five Mildred Scheel Junior Research Centers in Würzburg. The center aims to provide ideal working conditions for young cancer researchers.

Christine Lehmann at her workplace in the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine. (Photo: private)

Christine Lehman studied biology at the University of Würzburg. Today, she is in Hamburg researching the complex life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria.

Polymorphic nuclear leukocytes infected with Chlamydia (blue). (Photo: Karthika Rajeeve)

When Chlamydia attacks the human body the immune system starts its defence mechanisms. But the bacteria find a way to defend themselves. Scientists from Würzburg have deciphered new details of their strategy now.

Old woman with walker

Age-related changes in the peripheral nerves can drastically reduce the quality of life. Würzburg scientists have now identified what triggers such changes.

The JMU team at the meeting of the Coimbra Group in Salamanca (from left): Nicola Seitz, Stephan Schröder-Köhne, Marcus Holtz, Annette Retsch, Florian Evenbye und Kristina Förster. Not pictured: Alois Palmetshofer. (Photo: Diana Afrashteh, University o

A long academic tradition is one of the qualities that unites the 39 member universities of the Coimbra Group. At this most recent meeting in Salamanca it was also clear that the group’s gaze is directed towards the future.

JMU's Main building. (Photo: Daniel Peter)

The University of Würzburg ranks among the top contributors to "Nature" journals: It's among the 100 highest performing institutions worldwide and among the top four in Germany. The University also belongs to a leading group in the U-Multirank.

The surface of the enzyme levansucrase has been redesigned to produce sugar polymers. (Picture: AK Seibel)

Chemists have modified the enzyme levansucrase using a new method. The enzyme can now produce sugar polymers that are exciting for applications in the food industry and medicine.

Mareike Huhn diving for her research. (Photo: Felix Mehlhaus)

Mareike Huhn studied biology in Würzburg. Today she lives and researches on the Banda Islands, an archipelago in the Indonesian Maluku Islands. Encounters with hammerhead sharks and manta rays makes living there worthwhile for her.


Targeting Platelets

Emerging platelets (white arrows) are buded off by their progenitor cells, the megakaryocytes. Here the cytoskeletal components tubulin (green) and actin (red) and the nucleus (blue) are colored. (Picture: Rudolf Virchow Center)

New Collaborative Research Centre for Würzburg and Tübingen: The aim is to decode the insufficiently understood functions of platelets. These blood cells are likely to be involved in many more diseases than previously thought.

Microscopic colour image showing cells with normal (green dots) and abnormal (yellow dots) stress granules. (Photo: Buchberger team)

When cells become stressed, they activate specific response patterns. Würzburg researchers have identified new details of these responses, which can help to get a better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases.