Life Sciences

The biological sciences are among the leading sciences of the 21st century.

At Ulm University, students in Biology, Biochemistry as well as Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology are trained in a practical and research-oriented manner in accordance with the guiding principle of teaching. Our teaching content and qualification goals build on a solid scientific basis.

The topics of our research focus "Stress response and resilience of biological systems" finds it's way into advanced modules of our teaching program. In this way, graduates of the above-mentioned courses are prepared for the global challenges, for example in connection with the consequences of climate change or in the health sector.

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Wichtige Information:

Dear students,

Unfortunately, I have to inform you that there will be a temporary staff shortage in the coordination area of the Biology Study Commission from May to probably July. As a result, there will also be restrictions in student counselling and in the processing of student concerns.

I therefore ask for your understanding that we will only be able to process and answer some of your enquiries and requests during this time and that there will be delays in responding. I would also like to ask you to check the campus online portal and the department website, including the subpages, before submitting an enquiry to the Study Commission. A lot of information can already be found there.

In some cases, the Student Administration Office (Studiensekretariat) and/or the Central Student Advisory Service can also help you.

Please send urgent enquiries to the Biology Study Commission with a brief description of your request to:

Yours sincerely,
Marcus Fändrich


Biological Colloquium


  • Rainer Pfaff
  • Location: M24/573
  • Phone: +49-(0)731-50 23 93 1
  • Fax: +49-(0)731-50 23 93 2
  • Office hours:
  • Mon. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Wed. 9 - 11 a.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
    Fri. 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Please send enquiries by email to sekretariat.biologie(at)

  • Dr. Lena John
  • Location: M24/574
  • Phone: +49-(0)731-50 22 38 4
  • Office hours by arrangement*

*: Please arrange an appointment via sekretariat.biologie(at)


Please contact sekretariat.biologie(at)



  • Prof. Dr. Christian Riedel
  • Location: M23/2412
  • Phone: +49-(0)731-50 24 85 3
  • Fax: +49-(0)731-50 22 71 9
  • Office hours by arrangement

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Organisation & Contacts

Prof. Dr. Marcus Fändrich
Prof. Dr. Marcus Fändrich
Dean of Biology
Dr. Lena John
Dr. Lena John
Study coordinator Industrial & Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Prof. Dr. Christian Riedel
Prof. Dr. Christian Riedel
Study coordinator teaching profession Biology
Lisanne Wolters
Rainer Pfaff
Office of the Study Commission Biology

Boards for Study & Teaching

Study Committees

According to §26 Abs. 4 Landeshochschulgesetz Baden-Württemberg it says as follows:

The tasks of the Study Commission include, in particular, developing recommendations for the further development of subjects and forms of study [...], as well as for the use of funds earmarked for study and teaching, and organizing the evaluation of teaching [...] with the inclusion of student criticism of events.

The active development of study and examination regulations, teaching formats and working methods, as well as reflection and discussion in the department is the task of the members of the Study Committee. Student representatives on the Study Committee represent the interests of the students and also have the opportunity to come into contact with lecturers, deans and academic staff.

Study committee members

Dean of Studies:


Scientific service:


  • Amelie Schmuck
  • Finn Dingeldein
  • Sandra Schott
  • Judith Rechsteiner

The joint study committee has the powers and functions of a study committee.

Study committee members

Ulm University
Hoschschule Biberach
Prof. Dr. Dierk Niessing
Prof. Dr. Uwe Knippschild
Research assistant:
Dr. Frank Rosenau

Prof. Dr. Sybille Ebert
Prof. Dr. Hans Kiefer
Research assistant:
Dr. Gerhard Eigenstetter

Student representatives:
Lea Weidmann (IBT)
Sina Piontek (IBT)
Laura Mayer (PBT)
Katrin Langenbach (PBT)

Examination boards

The examination board (PA) is a committee consisting of professors, research assistants and students in an advisory capacity.

The main tasks of the committee are to make decisions on extensions of deadlines, recognition of externally completed study achievements, approval of external theses, repeat exams, etc.

The composition of the different committees of the life sciences is documented in the following tabs. Further information, applications and forms concerning examination recognition as well as theses can be found on the linked pages under the tab "Examination boards: tasks & information".

Composition of the Biology Examination Board:


Prof. Dr. Marco Tschapka

Vice Chairman:

Prof. Dr. Nils Johnsson

Other members:

Prof. Dr. Annika Herwig
Dr. Christian Haupt
Prof. Dr. Harald Wolf

Students Biology:

Jonas Schuler
Chiara Waibel

The subject-specific study and examination regulations Biology Bachelor and Master from 06.12.2022 can be found at here

The General Provisions on Study and Examination Regulations for Bachelor's and Master's Studies at the University of Ulm (Framework Regulations) dated 14.07.2022 can be found at here

Composition of the Biochemistry Examination Board:

Chairman: Prof. Dr. A. Marchfelder
Deputy Chairman: Prof. Dr. K. Leopold
Other members: Prof. Dr. N. Johnsson
  Prof. Dr. M. Fändrich
  Dr. C. Kranz
  Dr. C. Röcker
  Dr. A. Schwentner
Students Biochemistry:

E. Kärcher

N. Kupfer

C. Waibel

The subject-specific study and examination regulations Biochemistry Bachelor and Master from 06.12.2022 can be found here

The General Provisions on Study and Examination Regulations for Bachelor's and Master's Studies at the University of Ulm (Framework Regulations) dated 14.07.2022 can be found at here.

 Chairwoman's Institute webpage

Hochschule Biberach

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hannemann
Prof. Dr. Chrystelle Mavoungou

Research assistant:
Dr. René Handrick

Ulm University

Prof. Dr. Dierk Niessing (Vorsitzender)
Prof. Dr. Uwe Knippschild

Research assistant:
Dr. Frank Rosenau

Student representative:
Laura Mayer

Hochschule Biberach

Prof. Dr. Hans Kiefer
Prof. Dr. Sybille Ebert

Reasearch assistant:
Gerhard Eigenstetter

Ulm University

Prof. Dr. Dierk Niessing
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eikmanns

Research assistant:
Dr. Lena John

Student representative:
Sina Piontek

Please direct all inquiries from students of Biology or Biochemistry to the Biology and Biochemistry Examination Committees office, to Ms. Theilacker:

email: pa.biologie(at) or pa.biochemie(at)
Phone: 0731-50-23931
Location: M24 / 573

Please hand in your BaföG application to the respective coordinator.

You will find further information on the following topics on the linked pages:

  1. Extension of theses deadlines
  2. Application for external Bachelor thesis
  3. Application for external Master thesis
  4. Extension of the thesis
  5. Form for recognition of external exam performance
  6. Procedure in cases of illness
  7. Application for vacation semester (exception: Master IBT)