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Research Focus

The scope of research at the university encompasses three scientific fields that form the backbone of our work:

Computer Science
Life Sciences

Presently, this effort is complemented by research in two emerging fields, namely engineering and cultural studies.


The medical faculty of our university specialises on many fronts and is ready to face the enormous challenges posed by 21st century medicine. Clearly defined fields of research, fostering of innovative approaches in-house, and providing a lively framework for research set the foundations for excellence. The outstanding research stems not only from our focus on specific fields, but also from the strong interdisciplinary emphasis in Lübeck.

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Computer Science

This faculty encompasses eleven institutes that delve into a host of fields. The common thread among all these is their multidisciplinary content stemming from medicine, engineering and natural sciences at the university.
Moreover, this faculty makes a valuable contribution to the Graduate School of Computing in Medicine and Life Sciences, which is at the crossroads of computer science, medicine and natural sciences.

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Life Sciences

In this field at the university, we emphasise infections & inflammations, by participating in the Inflammation at Interfaces Cluster of Excellence and the Graduate School of Computing in Medicine and Life Sciences. Moreover, we also delve into biomedical engineering, where the research spans the whole spectrum from anaesthetics to zygospores.

We also foster lively joint research with partners such as the Research Center Borstel.


The intensive medical engineering research conducted at the university is enhanced by technical issues encountered in the field of computer science. This has given rise to the discipline of engineering, which is growing in close cooperation with other scientific institutions on the campus, chiefly the University of Applied Sciences.

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Cultural Studies

The multifaceted history of our Hanseatic City Lübeck, with numerous museums and collections, is an exciting place for research in the field of cultural studies, especially the history of medicine and science research.

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Research Focus

The emphasis here is on microbial noxae and inflammatory reactions. This field is pursued by eight institutes and four clinics, and is a part of the Inflammation at Interfaces Cluster of Excellence.

The focus is on researching the interrelationships between CNS regulation, the endocrine system, and metabolism, as well as normal and disturbed behaviour.

This field addresses imaging and signal and image computing for diagnostics and therapeutics at the cellular and organ level.

Research Programmes Medicine

In the last three years, the completion of the human genome project and major technical advances have revolutionised the genetics of complex diseases.


Wed, 03-06-2015
Podiumsdiskussion: Ethik in der künstlichen Intelligenz

Podiumsdiskussion "Autonomie! Für Maschinen?" des Instituts für Robotik und Kognitive Systeme der Universität zu Lübeck am 3. Juni

Wed, 03-06-2015
Die Ambivalenz von Innovationen

Wie wir spielend die Welt verändern - Entrepreneurship: Antrittsvorlesung von Prof. Dr. Christian Scheiner am 3. Juni (18 Uhr c.t., Hörsaal AM4, Audimax)

Wed, 10-06-2015
Wer erforscht was?

Zehn Jahre "Uni im Dialog" - Vorstellung neuer Doktorarbeiten und Posterausstellung in der Universitätskirche St. Petri am 10. Juni

Tue, 07-07-2015
Zellfreie fetale DNA aus mütterlichem Blut

Wirklich ein Fortschritt? - Antrittsvorlesung von Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Martin Krapp am 7. Juli (17 Uhr, Hörsaal T1, Transitorium)