Biophotonics is an emerging, highly multidisciplinary research area embracing innovative photonic tools applied to the life sciences, the environmental sciences and medicine.

Biophotonics research at Friedrich Schiller University addresses fundamental biomedical research questions - such as cellular processes, receptor mechanisms or marker screenings - and focuses on medical diagnosis and therapy (e.g. in pathology, oncology and sepsis research). Jena scientists aim to develop broadband applicable methods/techniques and optical instruments in order to gain a deeper insight into complex, various-sized biological specimens ranging from biomolecules like DNA/RNA, viruses, biological cells, tissue towards whole organs.

Research groups

  • Applied Physical Chemistry & Molecular Nanotechnology
    Prof. Dr. Andrey Turchanin
  • Biological Nanoimaging
    Prof. Dr. Rainer Heintzmann
  • Biomolecular Photonics
    Prof. Dr. Christoph Biskup
  • Biomimetic Signal Transduction
    Jun. Prof. Dr. Alexander Schiller
  • Biophotonics
    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp
  • Biophysics
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Heinemann
  • Cardiovascular Physiology
    Prof. Dr. Klaus Benndorf
  • Clinical Spectroscopic Diagnostics
    Prof. Dr. Ute Neugebauer
  • CSCC Core facility Biophotonics
    Prof. Dr. Ute Neugebauer
  • Experimental Anesthesiology
    Prof. Dr. Michael Bauer
  • Experimental Neurology
    Prof. Dr. Knut Holthoff
  • Fiber Spectroscopic Sensing
    Dr. Torsten Frosch
  • Gastroenterological Spectroscopy
    Prof. Dr. Andreas Stallmach
  • Imaging of Cellular Processes
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorkowski
  • Material- & Biophotonics
    apl. Prof. Dr. Michael Schmitt
  • Molecular Photonics
    Prof. Dr. Benjamin Dietzek
  • Nanobiophotonics
    PD Dr. Wolfgang Fritzsche
  • Nanospectroscopy
    Prof. Dr. Volker Deckert
  • Neuroimmunology and Synaptopathy
    Prof. Dr. Christian Geis
  • Single-Molecule Microscopy
    Prof. Dr. Michael Börsch


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