Who we are

 

Currently, 71 professors are doing research and teaching in our faculty, three at the assistant professor level ("Juniorprofessoren/innen").

This number is complemented by so-called Senior-Professorships (post retirement), four unbudgeted Professorships and five Honorary Professorships.

Moreover, 14 Professors are coopted to our faculty (list of coopted Professors).

The profil of our faculty is characterized by expertise in diverse cutting-edge fields such as natural products and nano chemistry, nano- and biotechnology, biomedicine, therapeutic substances and drug delivery systems, catalysis, materials science, sensor/actor-systems and bioinformatics.   

With that, our faculty is an important contributor to the two major focal points of Saarland University:

the Nano-Biosciences and (Bio-)Informatics. 

Interdisciplinary cooperation in research and teaching are hallmarks of our faculty as witnessed by numerous collaboration within an between the six departments as well as with the faculties of Medicine and Informatics/ Computer Science. 

The department of Life Sciences is participating actively in research and teaching edeavours of the inter-facultary centres of Saarland University: the Centre of Human- and Molecular Biology (ZHMB) und the centre of Bioinformatics (ZBI). A new interfacultary Centre is the Centre of Biophysics (ZBP).

Our faculty maintains a close cooperation with the following non-university research institutions on campus and in nearby St. Ingbert:

  • Fraunhofer-Institut for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT)
  • Fraunhofer-Institut for Non-destructive Testing (IZFP)
  • Helmholtz-Institut for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS)
  • Korea Institute of Science and Technology in Europe (KIST)
  • Leibniz-Institut for New Materials (INM)
  • Steinbeis-Research Centre "Material Engineering Center Saarland" (MECS)

 

All departments strive to introduce students to the scientific methods early on in their respective degree courses.  Numerous research projects at the Bachelor-, Master or PhD-level are carried out in collaboration with the aformentioned non-university research institutions on campus or with companies near and far. 

Furthermore, our faculty is the main contributor to the Saarland Association of Outreach Laboratories ("Saarländischer Schülerlaborverbund"). The SaarLab. is reaching out to children and teenagers (and their teachers) across the state of Saarland to foster the education in science and technology.