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Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), Hannover Medical School (MHH)

Within the Faculty of Natural Sciences (LUH) and MHH, the following institutes participate in the student exchange program:

Practical topics include

  • Biotechnology (mammalian cell cultivation, protein expression, biosensor technology, DNA and protein microarray technology)
  • Molecular drugs design
  • Natural product analysis

Prof. Thomas Scheper

The coordinator Thomas Scheper studied chemistry at the University of Hannover (Germany). He finished his diploma thesis in 1982 and attained his PhD in 1985 in the fields of chemical and biochemical engineering. Afterwards he was a Postdoc in Prof. Ja Baileys laboratories at Caltech, Pasadena, USA. In 1990 he finished his habilitation and in 1992 became a professor of Biochemistry at the University of Münster. In 1995 he became head of the Institute of Technical Chemistry at Leibniz University of Hannover.

Prof. Scheper has published about 340 publications in peer reviewed journals and has about 18 patents. He is a member in different scientific and industrial boards as well as of different journals. He is the managing editor of the Springer series “Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology”. Amongst his various honors, in 2006 he received the Scientific Award of the German Technion Society. In 2002 and 2006 Prof. Scheper was elected for the Review board of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for bioprocess engineering. Prof. Scheper's main research areas are bioprocess development, mammalian cell cultivation, tissue engineering, biosensor and bioanalytical device development, enzyme engineering, DNA and protein array systems.

The Institute of Technical Chemistry belongs to the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover (LUH). Research areas cover a broad range of topics in the field of biotechnology, spanning bioprocess development, downstream processing, bioanalytics and bioinformatics.

  • The Biotechnology group works on different aspects of bioprocess development. Main topics are monitoring, control and optimization of cultivation processes for bacteria, fungi and mammalian cells as well as downstream processing.
  • The Bioanalytics Groups develops automated analyzer systems for the monitoring of bioprocesses including chemo- and biosensors for analysis of low and high molecular weight compounds.
  • Mammalian cell cultivation processes are becoming more and more widely used for the production of pharmaceutically important proteins. The Mammalian Cell Culture Group performs systematic studies on the growth and productivity of different recombinant and unmodified cells.
  • DNA and protein microarrays are developed as well as aptamer microarrays. Here, the design and the application of low and medium density microarrays are performed with focus on bioprocess monitoring.
Detailed information can be found here.

Providing molecules and materials with specific characteristics and functions is a key element of chemistry. The Institute of Organic Chemistry is founded on this philosophy with particular emphasis on methodology development and target-oriented synthesis of potential drugs and/or biomaterials. The institute focuses on the field of biomolecular drug research. There are four principal research fields:

  • Methodology development in the fields of catalysis, organometallic chemistry, polyketide natural products and synthesis with micro flow reactors,
  • Drug and natural product chemistry including isolation, structure elucidation and synthesis,
  • The development of “intelligent” functionalized biomaterials for new approaches in “regenerative therapies”,
  • Structural organic chemistry in modern NMR spectroscopy.
The institute's emphasis is on natural product chemistry and drug research where particular attention is paid to the manipulation of the functions and biological characteristics of target molecules.

Detailed information can be found here.

Research at the Institute of Food Chemistry focuses on certain trace metabolites and enzymes of edible higher fungi. The environmentally friendly production of natural flavors, natural emulsifiers, enzymes and other natural functional ingredients according to the rules of white (industrial) biotechnology will contribute to the creation of foods with high levels of quality and authenticity.

The institute deals with a wide array of analytical, (bio-)technological and food chemical themes. Some main aspects include:

Current projects deal with volatile and non-volatile metabolites and their generation in vitro and in vivo, the application of fungal enzymes, such as lipases, peptidases, laccases, peroxidases and dioxygenases, and with the biotechnology of basidiomycetes.

Detailed information can be found here.

The Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnology and Artificial Organs (LEBAO) at Hannover Medical School (MHH) is one of the central institutions of the Cluster of Excellence "REBIRTH" and is closely linked to the Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery at MHH. Within the LEBAO, different aspects of regenerative medicine and organ transplantation are investigated. The close linkage between basic research and the clinic allows for focused research and development, as well as for a fast translation of innovative therapeutic concepts into clinical practice. Research projects in the following work areas are conducted at present:

  • Bioartificial lung
  • Molecular biotechnology and stem cell research
  • Tissue engineering
Projects in all areas of research are aimed at the development of new therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Detailed information can be found here.