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From left to right: Exterior view of the pyramid. A passage secured with steel beams. One of the discovered storage rooms.

A remarkable archaeological breakthrough has been made with the excavation and restoration of rooms in the pyramid of Sahura. The discovered chambers are probably storage rooms intended to hold the royal burial objects.


The German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) has awarded this year's main prize to infection biologist Cynthia Sharma. Sharma is a full professor at the University of Würzburg.

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An excavation in Turkey has brought to light an unknown Indo-European language. Professor Daniel Schwemer, an expert for the ancient near east from Würzburg, is involved in investigating the discovery.

For a cacao plant to bear such rich fruit, it needs effective pollination. A research group, in which JMU was involved, has investigated how this can best be achieved.

How can the cultivation of cacao be improved by using the right pollination technique? This has now been investigated by a research team including Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter's Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology.

Jörg Vogel (left; photo: HIRI / Mario Schmitt), Rotem Sorek (center; photo: Weizmann Institute of Science), Veit Hornung (right; photo: David Ausserhofer / MPG)

The Israeli researcher Rotem Sorek has received the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award worth 1.5 million euros. The money will go toward a joint project with the Helmholtz Institute Würzburg and the LMU.

In the fruit fly Drosophila, a central circadian clock in the brain controls important parameters such as daily activity or food intake. Peripheral clocks receive timing signals via further pathways, and act as clocks for various metabolic processes. If the clocks chronically get out of sync, this can trigger diseases.

In the fruit fly Drosophila, circadian clocks also control fat metabolism. This is shown in a new study by a research team at the University of Würzburg. The findings could also be relevant for humans.

Little is known about how immune cells perceive their mechanical environment. She wants to change that: Anna Lippert is the new junior professor for translational medicine at JMU.

Anna Lippert is the new junior professor for systems immunology at the University of Würzburg. With her research, she wants to create the basis for a more targeted treatment of cancer and immune diseases.

The Main Building of the University of Würzburg.

The internationally renowned Shanghai Ranking rates the University of Würzburg among the 300 best research-intensive universities in the world and among the top 19 in Germany.