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Prof. Dr. Claudia Büchel

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften

Prof. Dr. Claudia Büchel

Claudia Büchel, born in 1962, studied biology at the University of Mainz, where she also received her doctorate and, in 2001, the qualification to teach plant physiology. After a postdoctoral research period at the Biological Research Centre, Szeged, she worked for four years as a research associate at the Imperial College, London. She then conducted research as a Heisenberg scholar of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt. Since 2004 she has been professor of Plant Cell Physiology at the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt.


Claudia Büchel is involved in research and teaching in many ways. She is editor of scientific journals, member of the board of the Phycology section of the German Society for Plant Sciences, ombudswoman for scientific misconduct at the Goethe University Frankfurt and deputy member of the Senate.


Her work focuses on the molecular structure and regulation of the photosynthetic apparatus of diatoms. She also uses these organisms for biotechnological purposes by means of genetic transformation.


  • Genetic engineering of diatoms
  • Protein biochemistry (purification, characterization)
  • UV-VIS, fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Electron microscopy

Facts, background information, dossiers

  • plant cell biology
  • diatoms
  • protein biochemistry
  • photosynthesis
  • phycology

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The fingerprint of the diatom

In today’s laboratories, elemental analysis methods are used for more than just determining total metal content in various sample matrices. They have become an important tool for life (…)

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