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Life Sciences

Life Sciences Research Cluster

Research activities in the field of life sciences are largely based on the competences of the study programmes Biotechnology, Food Technology, Medical Technology and Physician Assistant. Close cooperation is maintained with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), among others through three cooperative professorships, so that research focuses on marine chemistry, marine microbiology, fisheries biology, algae biotechnology and aquaculture.  
Furthermore, there are research activities in the areas of bioanalytics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, toxicology, food microbiology, bakery and cereal technology, meat and fish technology, packaging technology and residual flow processing. The focus here is on application-oriented research through cooperation with the Technology Transfer Centre (ttz Bremerhaven), as well as relevant third-party funding providers and local entrepreneurs.


Bremerhaven Institute for Applied Molecular Biology

BIAMOL works in applied research on molecular biological DNA and RNA lab on a chip tests. Microorganisms and epigenetic patterns are analyzed with detection molecules such as hybridization probes and aptamers. The use of CRISPR as well as PCR and sequencing methods complete the portfolio.

EcoMaterials: Sustainability. Raw Materials. Processes.

The research focus of the departments is the sustainable processing or design of biomaterials or raw materials of animal, plant, microbiological origin. Our common goal is the development of biogenic raw materials for the extraction of alternative products in order to replace materials and chemicals produced from fossil raw materials on the market and to transfer them into a closed cycle.

Institute of Food Technology and Biochemical Engineering

The Institute of Food Technology and Bioprocess Engineering (ILB) at Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences conducts research and development in the fields of food technology and bioprocess engineering and is closely linked to teaching. The main focus is on the topics of alternative protein sources and measurement, control and regulation technology.

Institute for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

The institute's research is focussed on applied microbiology and biotechnology i.e. in cooperation with local companies in context of various research projects. One focus of research is the investigation and characterization of biofilms and the ​​development of new diagnostic systems relevant in the food industry. Extensive facilities and equipment are available in order to apply and combine methodes derived from molecular biology, biochemistry and biotechnology.



Multiple Stressors on North Sea Life

The sub-project of the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven "Fisheries in transition" analyses the spatio-temporal distribution of fishing effort in the German Bight with the help of high-resolution satellite data in order to derive the pressures on the seabed and identify so-called "hot-spots" of change.


The overall objective of the project was the substitution of mineral oil-based lubricant additives with microalgae-based compounds. The project aimed at identifying ingredients from microalgae, and further on proofing and demonstrating their potential for the use as lubricant additives in machining applications.


The goal of the joint WSL project was to establish a Living Lab in Bremerhaven. The Living Lab was to promote social and economic developments in all facets of the regional agricultural and food system, thus creating sustainable and regional food production and supply.


The objective of SeraAZel is the extraction of additives from red microalgae for serum-free cell culture. Algae fractions obtained are evaluated for mammalian cell cultures and bioactive fractions are further characterized and identified and will lead to the formulation of a serum free cell culture medium.


The project will develop 2 innovative, sequential PCR systems that have integrated key questions in the analysis that are not answered by current SARS-CoV-2 analyses.


The substitution of high priced ingredients by low priced ingredients is a problem that can be observed in the food industry ("horse meat"). This issue is gaining importance because retail standards (e.g. IFS, BRC) have formulated high requirements for authenticity control. In Germany, around 70,000 t of mechanically separated meat are processed annually. The use of mechanically separated meat from chicken and pigs is subject to declaration, but in contrast to mechanically separated meat from beef, sheep and goat, it is generally permitted. Translated with (free version)