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Welcome to the Homepage of the Institute for Physiological Chemistry (IPC)

Physiological Chemistry is a historical term for biochemistry, especially its medically relevant branch. It is investigating the molecular foundations of life: the structure of biomolecules, the processes of metabolism and its immediate regulation, and the flow of genetic information in living organisms. Physiological chemistry is an interdisciplinary science connecting chemistry, biology and medicine. Therefore, it is essential for our understanding of the proceedings of life and the mechanisms underlying disease development. Moreover, physiological chemistry is most important for modern therapeutic approaches.

What do we do at the Institute for Physiological Chemistry?

The Institute for Physiological Chemistry in the Hollystraße is engaged in both basic research and curricular teaching at the university level. Teaching covers the entire preclinical subject “Biochemistry and Molecular biology” by offering lectures, seminars, practical courses and exams. Our goal is to inspire medical students for biochemistry in order to improve their understanding for basic principles of human pathogenesis.

In parallel, scientists with different specialisations from various countries investigate highly relevant scientific questions in the field of biomedicine and molecular cell biology. Various research topics are established in the three departments of the IPC. The Posern lab investigates cytoskeleton-regulated gene expression and its implications on cell motility and cell adhesion. Neural development in a frog model system is characterised by the Hollemann lab, while the Horstkorte lab covers glycosylation and glycation of cells and proteins.


Prof. Dr. Guido Posern

Institute for Physiological Chemistry
Hollystrasse 1
06114 Halle (Saale)

Main office:
Ines Knipping
Tel:        +49(0)345 557-3812
Fax:       +49(0)345 557-3811