Pre-clinical Institutes

Institute of Anatomy


  • Prof. Dr. Ralph Lucius
  • Prof. Dr. Franziska Theilig
  • Prof. Dr. Thilo Wedel

The Institute of Anatomy is responsible for the education of Medicine and Dentistry students, both in the general subject of Anatomy (macroscopy and microscopy) and in Biology for Doctors. In addition, lectures for Pharmacy students take place here. Post-curricular advanced training for doctors is another focus area. They can complete training courses for specific surgical methods at the Centre of Clinical Anatomy, which is equipped with the latest audiovisual technology. At the Center they are also supported in the development and testing of innovative surgical instruments and implants.

Scientific activities at the Center include molecular cell, neuro and tumour biology as well as research into degenerative diseases of the joints and investigations into the development, structure and function of the enteric nervous system.

Institute of Biochemistry - Biochemistry Kiel

Executive Director:

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Rose-John


  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Becker-Pauly,
  • Prof. Dr. Paul Saftig

The Institute of Biochemistry was established in 1878 and has a modern infrastructure for the performance of all biochemical, molecular biological and cell biology experiments. The Institute's main areas of focus are in the research into molecular biology of inflammatory reactions and cancer as well as the investigation of lysosomes and lysosomal storage disorders and Alzheimer's disease.

The Institute of Biochemistry is significantly involved in the Cluster of Excellence 'Inflammation at Interfaces' and in the Collaborative Research Centres 654 (Plasticity and Sleep) und 841 (Liver inflammation: infection, immune regulation and consequences). In 2010, Collaborative Research Centre 877 was set up from the Institute of Biochemistry with the title 'Proteolysis as a Regulatory Event in Pathophysiology'.

Institute of Physiology


  • Prof. Dr. Markus Bleich
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Baukrowitz
  • Prof. Dr. Peer Wulff

The Institute of Physiology was established in 1853 and today it has an extremely high capacity infrastructure.

The current main research units are the Physiology of Membrane Transport, the Physiology of Ion Channels including regulation by membrane lipids and Systemic Neurobiology. Scientists in the Institute of Physiology are closely linked with the Cluster of Excellence 'The Future Ocean' and many well-known research laboratories throughout the world.

The Institute of Physiology's teaching is of an equally high importance as its research. The institute operates a PC lab for pre-clinical students and is significantly involved in the faculty's E-Learning projects.

Forschungsgruppe Medizinische Klimatologie (Research Group in Medical Climatology)

Head of the Research Group:

  • Prof. Dr. Carsten Stick

The Medizinische Klimatologie (Medical Climatology) Research Group with a field office in Westerland on the Island of Sylt investigates climate factors that are relevant to humans. Measurement of solar ultra-violet radiation is a main research area here. In addition to long-term analyses on the question of whether UV radiation changes over time, measurements are performed that take into account the geometry of the surface of the human body and the sensitivity of skin. Modern spectral radiometers are available for this purpose. The energy metabolised during physical activity is also investigated and research is conducted into toughening up and recovery when staying in a maritime climate.

Medizin- und Pharmaziehistorische Sammlung


  • Eva Fuhry

Die Medizin- und Pharmaziehistorische Sammlung (Medicine and Pharmacy - Historical Collection) gives a fascinating insight into the history of pharmacy over the last centuries and gives visitors the opportunity to experience medical research and treatment methods used in the past up close. Numerous historical instruments and devices, in particular from Kiel and Schleswig Holstein await visitors to the museum.

More than 500 pathological and forensic specimens offer a perspective on the history of medical training at Kiel University.

The collection belongs to the Kiel Association museen am meer.