The BZR was founded as an internal network of the institutes of Biochemistry, Genetics and Mikrobiology, Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry, Biophysics and physical Biochemistry. It provides a platform for efficient and coordinated research and teaching.
Participants profit from a broad expertise in important scientific disciplines, together with access to techniques and specific instrumentation. The conducted research includes a broad spetrum of different model organisms and experimental systems, including archaee, bacteria, fly, yeast, plant, and mammalian cells and state-of-the-art cell biological, molecular biological, genetic, biochemical and biophysical approaches. There is a constant exchange in form of weekly seminars and an annual symposium. In the past years the BZR has served as the basis for the DFG research unit FOR1068 which prepared the ground for the recently established DFG collaborative research center SFB960. The BZR also provides a structural framework used by the Regensburg International Graduate School of Life Sciences (RIGeL) and the Graduate Research Academy.