Top-level Research Areas  

There are six Top-level Research Areas administered by the University of Leipzig. In these areas scientists from different faculties cooperate closely with non-university research institutions. Two of the Top-level Research Areas are lead by academic staff members of the Faculty of Life Sciences:

Molecular and Cellular Communication: Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science in Therapy and Diagnostics

In this Top-level Research Area III administered by the University of Leipzig, several world-class working groups are dedicated to the study of issues pertaining to the research topic: “Molecular and Cellular Communication: Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science in Therapy and Diagnostics”.

Based on evolutionary-biological and bioinformatics approaches, researchers identify molecular and cellular communication patterns and uncover their significance for novel therapeutic concepts. Hereby, emphasis is placed on tissue regeneration. By bundling and advancing these activities, we seek to produce basic knowledge and understanding of cellular communication with regard to protein interactions and their control on the RNA level. The obtained results are to be utilized in novel applications, such as protein and/or cell therapeutics. With the help of novel nano-bioelectronic and bioanalytical techniques, diagnostic procedures are to be strengthened and eventually transferred into clinical applications.

Furthermore, we are devoted to the study of cellular and molecular-biological as well as protein-chemical and protein-analytical basics for their clinical and biotechnological utilization. Our mission is to enable clinically relevant results from basic research to be applied in clinical trials and to improve diagnosis, therapy and prevention.

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Annette Beck-Sickinger

Brain, Cognition and Language

This Top-level Research Area IV “Brain, Cognition and Language” is devoted to the investigation of cognitive functions such as attention, apperception, learning, memory, motor function and language.

This research project’s mission is to shed light onto the cerebral-organic information serving as the basis for these cognitive processes, to promote greater understanding of associated brain diseases and to develop innovative therapeutic approaches. To this end the project combines methodologically diverse interdisciplinary research activities of numerous university and non-university research institutions in the natural sciences, humanities and medicine. A multidimensional approach is the hallmark of our research. This is also reflected in the huge and diverse portfolio of research topics, including genetic analyses, understanding and measurement of cell-cell interactions and analysis of neuronal networks, as well as the analysis and assessment of behaviour, the study of speech production and comprehension, and the analysis of the formal structure of language.

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Rudolf Rübsamen

last update: 29.09.2017