Biochemistry is not in present in the new chemistry institute,
because it joined with microbiology (which on the other hand is part of the branch of
biology of the university) in a new founded institute with
G. HÖGENAUER from the
microbiology part of the institute as chairman.
However, study of
biochemistry is part of the curriculum of chemistry, and also research has connections with the chemistry institute.
(venia and data)
was head of the biochemistry part of this institute in this time.
In this era the follwing chemists got their venia legendi:
Peter ABUJA got his venia in 2000 for biochemistry (mechanism of
the oxidation of human low-density lipoprotein and the influence of antioxidants).
In 2001, Sepp-Dieter KOHLWEIN (born 1954 in Graz) was appointed as ordinary professor (as follower of Esterbauer). He obtained the venia for biochemistry in 1992 at the institute of biochemistry of the University of Technology of Graz. His research is directed to the investigations of genetics and molecular biology of fat metabolism in yeast, biotechnology (heterogenic gene expression), investigation of cell structures (digital light microscopy).
Since 2002, he is head of the institute.
In 2004, with the installation of the university law 2002, the institute was renamed to "Institute of Molecular Bioscience" (and the expression "chemistry" was erased from the new institute's name). However, the former biochemists are still present in the chemical education of the chemistry studies.
After a very long period of waiting, the center for
molecular biosciences (ZMB) which was planned since several years, was finished in 2004.