Friedemann Voigt

Friedemann Voigt

Prof. Dr. Friedemann Voigt

Protestant Theology
Lahntor 3, 35032 Marburg
+49-6421 28 24277 / 28 22444 (Secretary)


Research Area

The Bioethics group deals with the ethical and social issues of synthetic biology/microbiology in general and SYNMIKRO in particular. While public debate moves between the poles of general rejection and unreserved approval the task is to establish a liable ethical debate grounded on a realistic and concrete assessment that can as well provide orientation to the involved scientists as solid information to the public.

Research project within SYNMIKRO

The AG Bioethics contributes a study that develops a model for the ethical assessment of synthetic biology/microbiology. The “Stufenmodell” grades the research and applications into different levels from ethically unproblematic, nowadays common and widely accepted techniques (e.g. technology-derived proteins: insulin for diabetis) to more problematic and riskier procedures up to ideas that are entirely speculative on the basis of current scientific knowledge. With this method of gradual differentiation the study takes interest in a realistic ethical reflection that forms a consequentialist point of view.

SYNMIKRO Young Researchers Groups

Almost all scientific members of SYNMIKRO are actively involved in DFG’s Collaborative Research Centers (Sonderforschungsbereiche), Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs), or other Cooperative Research projects. Alongside performing adventurous experiments, and reporting excellent science, SYNMIKRO substantially promotes potential Young Research Group Leaders by constantly keeping its doors open to welcome and support Young Researchers planning to set up an Independent Research Group.
Our Young Research Groups