Graduate School of the SFB1423

The goal of this Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) is a training program that comprehensively addresses all aspects of current GPCR research. This profile will qualify graduates for an independent career in various acdemic and industrial areas. The doctoral researchers are expected to spend about 5-10% of their time on qualification, which is mainly covered by this program. A comprehensive qualification program will be established comprising four sections: scientific modules, annual summer schools, international laboratory rotations, and professional skills workshops. The SFB1423 depends on interdisciplinary collaboration of the project leaders. That also applies to the research projects of the doctoral researchers. Therefore, each doctoral researcher will be co-supervised by at least two advisors.

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Aims: Teach theoretical and practical aspects of integrating EPR
spectroscopy with computational modelling to study membrane protein structure, dynamics, and function.

all information can be found here

online, 9am-3:30 pm

The workshop will cover the following topics:
• Planning and goal setting: Why is it so important to set smart goals? How do you plan your
time efficiently? Why do long-term plans often not work, but it still makes sense to have them? And
how can you turn a long-term plan into structured action in everyday life?
• The writing process: How can writing the dissertation or the individual publications be tackled
early enough? How can you structure your writing process? How can you overcome writer’s blocks?
• Motivation and procrastination: Where to get the motivation to finish? What demotivates and
blocks you? What solutions are there to deal with motivation blocks and procrastination?
• Unclear expectations: What do you yourself and what do your supervisors expect from the
dissertation? How can expectations be clarified and communicated?
• Planning and preparing your next steps: What are your next tasks and steps and what do
you need to complete them successfully?

all information can be found here

Prof. Norbert Sträter will teach this module.

More information will follow soon

more information will follow soon

Online workshop, full day

12 places available. Please write an email to Juliane if you want to participate.


The workshop focuses on the consolidation and enhancement of stress resistance in professional life. The long term goal is to develop individual strategies for everyday life which enable participants to an independent and self – sufficient perseverance of their mental health and resilience.

 What are your stress triggers?How does stress affect your body, your thoughts and your behavior?In what ways can you manage yourself in a mindful way and therefore become not only less stressed but also more efficient?

 Together we will find answers to these questions and develop effective mechanisms to reduce stress in everyday life

 Based on the conclusions to individual stress triggers and reactions, participants progress to pursue further techniques to include in their repertoire to sustainably strengthen their resources. Through guided exercises, participants learn to …

  •  … formulate their own needs.
  • … consciously recognize their own thoughts and stress enhancers and develop less self-condemning thought patterns.
  • … adapt their behavior patterns and form more health-promoting.


  • group work and discussion
  • training
  • reflection
  • impartion of knowledge



An exact date and more information will follow soon

4 PM

The meeting will be held online via Big Blue Button.

Pauline will give a talk about her research

@Kloster Nimbschen


Manuel will give a talk about his research

4 PM

The meeting will be held online via Big Blue Button.

Marcel will give a talk about his research

4 PM

The meeting will be held online via Big Blue Button.

Aenne will give a talk about her research

4 PM

The meeting will be held online via Big Blue Button.

Antonio will give a talk about his research

Juliane will give a summary of 2023 and an outlook for 2024


Doctoral Researchers

Here you will find the young scientists currently participating in the graduate school who have agreed to this online list.

Project Group A

Monique Gallandi (A01)

Mateusz Sklodowski (A07, associated)

Project Group B

Hannah Lentschat (B01)

Lisa Peuker (B01, associated)

Manuel Christian Troll (B01)

Project Group C

Maik Pankonin (C01)

Pauline Löffler (C05, associated)

Florian Flemming (associated)

  • Nicolas Heyder (A01)
  • Marvin Bremer (A03)
  • Miron Gershkovich (A03)
  • Corinna Schüss (B01)
  • Md Abdus Sattar (B03)
  • Fabio Pieretti (B04)
  • Mareike Hemberger (B06)
  • Victoria Groß (C04)


We believe that the doctorate is the most important and decisive period in a young researcher’s career planning process. Therefore, all doctoral projects are generally co-supervised by two advisors to ensure a constant feedback from two independent backgrounds. The main advisor is the leader of the project the researcher is employed in and a second advisor preferentially with an orthogonal expertise is chosen in agreement between doctoral researcher and advisor. The second advisor may also come from Vanderbilt University. In addition, modern science is highly international and interdisciplinary, therefore, we strongly encourage our researchers to indulge in such international exchange and expose themselves to a solid piece of work experience abroad.

All doctoral researchers and thesis advisors need to sign a mutual supervision agreement that regulates the details of the support, expectations, the frequency mode of progress reports and other practicalities during the thesis. Also, measures of conflict resolution will be detailed in this agreement as well as support for young parents. We will also discuss these issues with all Project Leaders on the first retreat of the CRC and develop a common text that can be used by each group.

Download PDF: Supervision Agreement (PDF, 2021, engl.)

Professional Training

The Graduate School offers a variety of resources and professional development programs to help graduate students and postdocs achieve their professional goals. Doctoral students and postdocs will benefit from our continuing education programs. 


PhD Meetings

One of the tasks of the graduate school is to establish a good network between the post-scientists involved in SFB1423. To this end, monthly meetings are held for doctoral students to present and discuss their own research topics.

Juliane – PhD Regulations

Juliane – Outlook 2023

Feedbackround for posters for the 4GPCRnet conference

Victoria Groß (C04) gave a talk about her research

Juliane – Updates on program

Feedbackround for posters for the upcoming Retreat

Juliane gave an outlook of the upcoming programme of the Graduate School

Franziska Wiechert gave a talk about her work

Robin Schick (A06, AG Sträter) “Investigating the GPS cleavage of dCIRL”

Friederike Höpfner and Nina Reininghaus gave a talk about their research

Anne Borman gave a talk about her research

David Speck will give a talk about his research.

Florian Seufert gave a talk.

Farewell to 2020

Mareike Hemberger (Langenhan Group B06) will give an overview of her current work. Anett Albrecht will give a short insight in “Lab book guidelines & handling of research data” (30min). 

Victoria Most (A07, AG Meiler) “Tackling the challenge of modeling long loops with irregular tertiary structure”

The second online PhD-Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 23 at 3 PM.

Summer & Winter Schools

A key element of the summer schools will be presentation of their research by the doctoral researchers. These presentations will be given without the project leader of the project being present such that a good learning atmosphere will be created.

Our second Winter School took place November 07-09, 2022.

Our first Winter School took place March 14-17, 2022.

Our second Summer School took place September 08 – 10, 2021

Our first Summer School took place September 14 – 18, 2020


2022s second Winter School took place in Magdeburg (>>program (PDF)).

2022s Winter School took place in Naunhof (>>program (PDF)).

2021s Summer School took place in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (>> program (PDF))

2020s Summer School took place virtually (>>program (PDF)).

2022: Research Data Management 

2021:  Posterfeedback focussed on visual aspects (Lecturer: Birgit Lukowski)

2020:  Convince with your conference talk presentation skills for scientists (Lecturer: Dr. Carsten Rohr)


  • Sören Schuster (CFH Management GmbH, Venture Capital-Industry)
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Schilling (Fraunhofer IZI)
  • Dr. Kira Scheffler (c-LEcta GmbH)
  • Dr. Philip Lössl (Nature Communications)
  • Dr. Mark Jbeily (Roche)
  • Dr. Christian Bamann (DFG)


  • Dr. Guido Reuther (Professor for applied physics, HTWK Leipzig)
  • Dr. Tilman Häupl (Teacher)


  • Dr. Martha Sommer (Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics, Charité Berlin)
  • Dr. Lars Baumann (Bayer AG, Research & Development, Pharmaceuticals, Lab head “Peptide Drug Innovations”)

Laboratory Rotations

undergraduate students
graduate students
faculty members
joint publications

International exchange is a normal mode of successful research in the 21st century. Over the last 15 years, very extensive scientific collaborations between Vanderbilt and Leipzig Universities have been established. 

Key elements of this ongoing collaboration are scientific exchanges of students, postdocs, and Project Leaders for extended periods of time to conduct research, learn new methods, and teach scientific courses. So far, 47 teaching modules have been taught by Project Leaders at the respective partner university. We would like to emphasize that this exchange took place on all academic levels involving: so far 55 undergraduate students, 37 graduate students, 19 postdoctoral researchers, and 66 Project Leaders toke part in this exchange program, and has resulted in 71 corporative scientific papers.

The graduate students and postdocs in the CRC are require to undergo a 3 to 6-month lab rotation in a group of the partner university on either side of the Atlantic. 


  1. Find suitable lab among the labs within the CRC or from the Vanderbilt University.
  2. Create a short description of the project, include your CV and an invitation letter from receiving lab.
  3. Send your Proposal to the coordinator Juliane Adler ()
  4. The decision on the proposal is made by the board.


The SFB1423 offers fellowships (up to 5 months) for doctoral projects in its subprojects for

  • Scholarships for PhD students with a master’s degree or diploma (university) in natural sciences
  • Scholarships for medical students (after first level of the Medical Exam)

The scholarship provides financial support for carrying out the experimental part of the doctoral project.

Amount and duration of the scholarship
Scholarships can be awarded up to five months. The amount of the fellowship is 861 Euro per months for medical students and 1.000 Euro per month for PhD students in natural science.

Who can apply?
PhD students in natural sciences and medical students who have passed the first level of the Medical Exam.

How do I apply?
Please visit the homepage of our collaborative research centre and find out about the subprojects in the SFB1423. Please contact the principal investigator of the subproject you are interested and send your application forms to him/her.

Application deadline
Applications are possible at any time. There is no application deadline.

Instruction sheet for the application of scholarships in SFB1423 
(1st funding period, valid from 01.01.2020)

Downloads (Documents and Forms)