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Training Program

The objective of the structured research training is to qualify postgraduate students in different methodological and content-related special fields of biomedicine and biomaterials. The training programme contains the methodical workflow from design und and production of biomaterials to application of these materials in medicine. The wide expertise within Transregio 67 enables the students to learn the most modern technologies in biomaterials’ research and application.

The research training programme has three priorities: carrying out project-specific research (85%), completing supplementary scientific training (12%), acquiring qualification in basic scientific competences (3%).

The programme consists of four sections: “Biomaterial Science”, “Mat-Med Bench”, “Mat-Med School” and “Skilling”.


Biomaterial Science

This module is considered the top priority of the programme. The most important part of this module is research work.

“Biomaterial Science" includes regular Transregio workshops, lectures of visiting scientists and the annual summer school.

In the Transregio workshops postgraduate students and principal investigators discuss their scientific results on a regular basis. The annual summer school is organised by the postgraduate students. It offers them the opportunity to present and discuss their research work and to invite guest lecturers.

During the last year of their dissertations students are encouraged to present their scientific results at an international conference (in form of a talk or a poster presentation). In addition every doctoral candidate should be first author of a scientific publication.


Mat-Med Bench

The module “Mat-Med-Bench” consists of two lab rotations to other projects of Transregio 67 each rotation lasting for 2 weeks. Students will learn new techniques and skills and establish contact with other doctoral candidates and scientists.


Mat-Med School

The module "Mat-Med School" combines five Transregio 67-specific methodical courses (“Synthesis Club”, “Biomaterials Design”, “BioAnalysis”, “Cell Methods” and “Materials in Medicine”). These courses are held once a year, each of which is taught as a block seminar by either principal investigators or scientists of Transregio 67. In the course of this module the workflow from biochemical protein purification and characterisation to structural analysis of proteins is presented and illustrated by practical seminars.

The “Synthesis Club” explains most of the modern methods of molecular biology. Students can discuss specific problems of their molecular biological research.

The course “Biomaterials Design” gives the theoretical and practical knowledge for the implementation of complex biomedical requirements in hybrid biomaterials, for the biomaterials chemical, physicochemical and materials scientific properties and stability.

The course “Bio Analysis” familiarises the students with basic principles and techniques in analysing solitary molecules and molecular structures. Technologies explained in this course are mass spectrometry, fluorescence correlations spectrometry, NMR/solid state NMR and molecular modelling.

In “Cell Methods” principal investigators show special techniques of cellular functional analysis, e.g. advantages and disadvantages of various cell culture systems, their fields of application and limitations.

The course “Materials in Medicine” gives the medical background for relevant problems of the subprojects. This includes relevant disease patterns, latest forms of treatment, difficulties and latest developments in the fields of implants, biomaterials as skin or bone replacement.

The course "Translational Aspects of Biomaterials" is the teaching of basic knowledge about the legal framework in the manufacturing practice as well as the conduct of clinical studies. In this module aspects of quality management as well as of the exploitation process (Intellectual Property Rights) are also taught.



Basic scientific skills are trained in this module. Three topics are covered:

“Poster, Paper and Promotion” This includes seminars on scientific presenting and writing (e.g. poster design and how to write a scientific paper).
“Communication skills” This section contains lessons about holding a seminar or delivering scientific speeches as well as seminars about time management and being a laboratory manager.

“Me in Science”
This includes courses about science policy, career profiles, an introduction to national and international grant systems, good laboratory practice and career opportunities for women.



Internships in companies or institutions, related to the student’s dissertation project, are encouraged.



Each student is assigned to two tutors who are principle investigators of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre (TRR 67). The tutors are responsible for structuring the project and the curriculum, an annual evaluation of the progress made by the students in completing their project, and of the qualification for and the preparation of the defence of the PhD or MD thesis.

Download PDF: Personal Record, Progress Report 

Child care

While attending seminars and workshops doctoral students can leave their children at the child care facilities offered by TRR 67 in Leipzig and Dresden.



The doctoral students will obtain their PhD/MD from Leipzig University or Technische Universität Dresden. The following faculties are involved in the Integrated Research Training Group:

  • Faculty for Life Sciences, Leipzig University
  • Faculty for Chemistry and Mineralogy, Leipzig University
  • Faculty of Medicine, Leipzig University
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Faculty of Science, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Faculty of Medicine Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden

Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University

Faculty for Chemistry and Mineralogy, Leipzig University

Faculty of Medicine, Leipzig University

Technische Universität Dresden

Faculty of Materials Science , TU Dresden

Faculty of Matematics and Mature Sciences, TU Dresden

Faculty of Medicine "Carl Gustav Carus", TU Dresden



Anett Albrecht

Institute of Biochemistry
Leipzig University
Brüderstraße 34
04103 Leipzig

Telefon: +49 (0)341 97-36902
Telfax:   +49 (0)341 97 36909
E-Mail: albrecht@uni-leipzig.de