Research

Research, discover, invent – lateral thinking is welcome

FAU is a full-spectrum university with a long tradition of research. Over 250 degree programmes and long-standing partnerships with international research institutions such as Max Planck, Fraunhofer and Helmholtz give staff and students the opportunity to look beyond the boundaries of their own subjects, network with others and consider research questions from different perspectives. FAU encourages its members to think in every direction – above all laterally! This diversity makes FAU one of Germany’s leading research universities.

  • Using real-time deformability cytometry, researchers from the Max Planck Center for Physics and Medicine and FAU were able to prove for the first time that a Covid-19 infection causes significant changes in the size and stiffness of red and white blood cells, sometimes lasting several months.

  • Teams of researchers in Erlangen, Würzburg, Munich and Berlin have determined the location of special receptors on cardiac muscle cells for the first time. Their findings open up new possibilities for treating chronic cardiac insufficiency.

  • Organic farming is booming, and expectations for the quality of organic products are high. In future, it is hoped that sensory detection processes developed by Fraunhofer IVV, FAU, TH Nürnberg and other partners will ensure that organic products are of the highest quality. The joint project ‘SHIELD’, which stands for using sensory detection processes to guarantee the quality of (organic) locally produced food, is due to start on 1 July 2021, and has received 1.2 million euros in funding from the Bavarian Research Foundation.

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