Heinrich Heine University cooperates with numerous research institutions and networks beyond the boundaries of the faculties. The HHU's affiliated institutes in particular act as a link to industry. As independent institutions, they maintain close contact with research in the faculties and participate in the training of young academics.
We are studying the uptake of iron into the root, as well as the storage and distribution of this micronutrient in the plant. Our goal is to understand the regulation of iron uptake and homeostasis, iron signaling, the interaction of protein and gene networks to coordinate the processes also to adapt to environmental aspects.
Our main scientific interests are endosymbiosis, early evolution, the origin of life, cell evolution, genome evolution and compartmentalized energy metabolism with emphasis on chloroplasts, mitochondria, and hydrogenosomes.
We are mainly concerned with structures of molecules in their electronically excited states. These are determined experimentally from rotationally resolved electronic spectra and/or Franck-Condon fits of fluorescence emission spectra.
Our specialists have significantly shaped neurosurgery. They have played a decisive role in shaping the modern concepts of brain tumor surgery, surgery of the cerebral vessels, spinal surgery, treatment of movement disorders and pain, and also pediatric neurosurgery.
The ZIM is a central operating unit of the Heinrich Heine University. It is a service and competence center for all aspects of digital information supply and processing, digital communication and the use of digital media.