Ulm University and the Department of Biology

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Ulm University is a research oriented university in Baden-Württemberg. More than 10,000 students currently study at Ulm University where they are enrolled in courses within the disciplines of medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer sciences, psychology, mathematics and economics. In 2016 Ulm University was ranked No. 13 worldwide in the "Times Higher Education Ranking" of the top 100 universities younger than 50 years.

The Department of Biology is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and encompasses Institutes in the fields of Comparative Molecular Endocrinology, Molecular Botany, Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics, Neurobiology, Systematic Botany and Ecology, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, as well as Protein Biochemistry. Courses offered by the Department are Biology (Bachelor and Master), Biochemistry (Bachelor and Master) and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Master).

The city of Ulm has roughly 120,000 inhabitants and is located in southern Germany at the shores of the river Danube. The city belongs to the country Baden-Württemberg, one of the economically most powerful regions within Germany, harboring the headquarters of, for example, Daimler, Porsche and SAP. More importantly, the Ulm-Biberach area is also one of Germany's largest research and production sites of the biopharmaceutical industry with numerous employment opportunities at companies such as Boehringer Ingelheim or Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

Ulm is the birthplace of Albert Einstein and famous for its cathedral (Ulmer Münster), which possess the highest church spire in the world. Interestingly, the Ulm region is also the site where the 40,000 year old Lion Man was discovered, one of the oldest archeological items of figurative art ever discovered. It is carved out of mammoth ivory and on exhibit at the Ulmer Museum.

Financial aspects & Organization of the exchange

Students from NTU shall be exempted from any application, admission or tuition fees at Ulm University. To the extent available, students from NTU may be offered places within the students' residence at Ulm University. Students from NTU will be affiliated with one of the laboratories of the Ulm University where they will carry out a research project. Below is a list of possible host laboratories. In addition, students may attend lectures (see lists below). Outgoing students should check with the College of Life Sciences before their departure whether the lectures that will be attended at Ulm University can be accepted as credit points within their NTU curriculum.


Students enrolled in the Master courses at the College of Life Sciences (NTU) as well as PhD students at the College of Life Sciences (NTU).

Length of the Exchange

1 semester

Number of places

3 students from NTU per academic year

Application deadline

Deadline is 31 January for the winter semester starting in the same year or for the summer semester the year after

Required application documents

Please download the application form here

The detailed weblink to the application form is: https://www.uni-ulm.de/fileadmin/website_uni_ulm/nawi.inst.206/Open_positions/Application_Form_NTU_TO_ULM.pdf

We kindly ask you to send your application
to Prof. Chien-Chih Yang | e-mail: ccyang(at)ntu.edu.tw
as well as
to Prof. Dr. Marcus Fändrich | e-mail: marcus.faendrich(at)uni-ulm.de

Selection process

The Department of Biology will select the final candidates out of all incoming applications. Successful applicants will be informed in spring.
Prof. Dr. Marcus Fändrich is the chairman of the Selection Committee at Ulm University.

Possible host laboratories at Ulm University

Prof. Dr. Manfred Ayasse
Chemical Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Social Behavior, Pollination
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/nawi/bio3/ayasse/research/

Dr. Ion Cirstea
Aging-related and hormonal dependent changes of RAS GTPases
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/nawi/nawi-bio1/research/cirstea-lab/

Jun. Prof. Karin Danzer
Mechansims of aggregate propagation in neurodegenerative diseases
Web: http://www.uniklinik-ulm.de/struktur/kliniken/bereiche-der-neurologie/klinik-fuer-neurologie/ag-danzer.html

Prof. Dr. Marcus Fändrich
Protein misfolding in Alzheimer's and other diseases
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/nawi/nawi-pbt.html

Dr. Christian Haupt
Protein Biotechnology provides a crucial basis to investigate amyloidogenic proteins and their derived amyloid states
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/nawi/nawi-pbt/research/protein-biotechnology/

Prof. Dr. Steven Jansen
Plant water relations and functional anatomy of vascular plants
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/nawi/sysbot/prof-dr-steven-jansen/arbeitsgruppe/

Prof. Dr. Nils Johnson
Understanding the polar growth of the budding yeast
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/nawi/institute-of-molecular-genetics-and-cell-biology/

Prof. Dr. Jan Münch
The peptidome as source for inhibitors against viral infection.
Web: http://www.uniklinik-ulm.de/struktur/institute/molekulare-virologie.html

Dr. habil. Tamás Röszer
Hormones in adipose tissue macrophages causing insulin resistance
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/nawi/nawi-bio1/research/roeszer-lab/

Dr. Matthias Schmidt
Protein structure determination by cryo-EM
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/nawi/nawi-pbt/research/protein-structure-determination-by-cryo-em/

Prof. Dr. Simone Sommer
Conservation Genomics, Immunogenetics (MHC, TLR), Microbiome
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/nawi/bio3/prof-dr-simone-sommer/research/

Prof. Dr. Jan Tuckermann
Stress associated glucocorticoid hormones in immune system and bone
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/nawi/nawi-bio1/research/tuckermann-lab/

Prof. Dr. Maja Vujić Spasić
Hormonal regulation of iron homeostasis
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/nawi/nawi-bio1/research/vujic-spasic-lab/

Prof. Dr. Paul Walther
Life Science EM - Electron tomography
Web: http://www.uni-ulm.de/einrichtungen/elektronenmikroskopie.html

Prof. Dr. Harald Wolf
Arthropod neurobiology: navigation, networks, modelling & endocrines
Web: https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/nawi/institute-for-neurobiology/work-groups/prof-dr-harald-wolf/

Lectures summer semester at Ulm University

Microbiology, 3 ECTS
Genetics, 3 ECTS
Protein Biochemistry, 3 ECTS
Ecology of the Mediterranean, 3 ECTS
Marine Ecology, 3 ECTS
Evolutionary Ecology, 3 ECTS
Wetland Ecology, 3 ECTS
Behavioral Physiology, 3 ECTS

Lectures winter semester at Ulm University

Molecular Bioscience, 5 ECTS
Neurobiology, 3 ECTS
Biodiversity and Ecology, 3 ECTS
Host-microbe interactions +seminar, 3 ECTS
Neurobiology, 3 ECTS
Endocrinology, 3 ECTS
Molecular Botany, 3 ECTS
Conservation Genomics, 3 ECTS
Tropical Ecology, 3 ECTS
Chemical Ecology, 3 ECTS


Ulm University
Prof. Dr. Marcus Fändrich
E-Mail: first name.last name@uni-ulm.de