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About TRA Life and Health


About TRA Life and Health

The Life and Health Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA) is a network of scientists active in a wide range of fields and faculties at the University of Bonn who collaborate on research issues of scientific, technological and societal importance to our future. This TRA is funded by the Rectorate of the University of Bonn under the Excellence Strategy adopted by Germany’s federal and state governments, and is supported by the University’s Faculties of Medicine, Agriculture and Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The objectives of the TRA Life and Health

  •  Establish a transdisciplinary research profile around the topic “Construction and Deconstruction of Life”
  • Promote inter-faculty and transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Create inter-faculty research infrastructures
  • Increase the proportion of female academics in the TRA Life and Health
  • Provide support for postdoctoral researchers (in partnership with BFB, the Bonn Biomedicine Forum)
  • Translation and transfer of research results in collaboration with EnaCom


Prof. Dr. Heinz Beck and Prof. Dr. Waldemar Kolanus lead the TRA Life and Health.

Prof. Dr. Heinz Beck 
Institute of Experimental Epileptology and Cognition Research 
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Prof. Dr. Waldemar Kolanus 
Life and Medical Sciences Institute (LIMES) 
Molekulare Immunologie und Zellbiologie


TRA Manager

Dr. Meike Brömer
Division7 - Research and Innovation Services
Tel. 0151-16933013
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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee acts as Executive Board of the TRA


  • Prof. Dr. Heinz Beck (Speaker)
  • Prof. Dr. Waldemar Kolanus (Speaker)
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Beck, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Brüstle, Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Famulok, LIMES-Institute
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Heckelein, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Höhfeld, Institute for Cell Biology
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Nöthen, Institute of Human Genetics
  • Prof. Dr. Christa Müller, Pharmaceutical Institute
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Schultze, DZNE and LIMES-Institute
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Weber, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Fleischmann, Institute of Physiology
  • Prof. Dr. Eicke Latz, Institute of Innate Immunity
  • Prof. Dr. Ute Nöthlings, Institute of Nutritional and Food Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Anja Schneider, DZNE and Clinic for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gerontopsychiatry
  • Student representative: Tugce Gül (Medicine), deputy: Marie-Rose Schrimpf (Mol. Biomedicine)
  • PhD Student representative: Nóra Balzer, LIMES-Institute
  • Postdoc representative: Dr. Mylene Hübecker, Institute of Innate 
  • Representative of administrative and technical staff: Dr. Elmar Endl, Bonn Technology Campus 

Become TRA member!

We welcome anyone who wants to pursue collaborative, innovative and transdisciplinary research in the research area "Life and Health".

You are eligible to become a member if

- you lead an independent research group in the research area "Life and Health" and are member of a faculty of the University of Bonn 

- you match the criteria above and are not member of University of Bonn but are staff of an institut that holds a cooperation agreement with the University of Bonn

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Thank you!

Apply here for membership.


Our statute defines objectives, structure and legal framework of the transdisciplinary research area.

Statute Life and Health TRA (in German).

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