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.

Upcoming Events 

Friederike Höpfner and Nina Reininghaus will give a talk about their research

We cordially invite you to a one week block online seminar “Exploring Biomolecules in 3D: Principles and Applications of Computational Structural Biology” by:

Prof. Dr. Jens Meiler (Leipzig University, Coordinator)
Dr. Georg Künze (Leipzig University)
Prof. Dr. Jarrod Smith (Vanderbilt University / USA)
Prof. Dr. Rocco Moretti (Vanderbilt University / USA)

16 – 20. August 2021, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. CEST (15:00 – 22:00 Uhr Leipzig, 13.08.2021 technical setup)
Students who wish to take the class for credit should register as soon as possible! Students, postdocs, and faculty who wish to audit the class are welcome. Please send an E-Mail to .

Program [PDF]


  • Until when should I decide to stay in science or to leave?
  • How is the German labour markets structured? What are job profiles of scientists?
  • Job search I: How to find out your competencies and how to use them to search for jobs?
  • Job search II: Searching with search engines and why this is not enough – different ways for job search.
  • To found your own business: How to create your own job and how to earn money with it?
  • Goals and values: How to find decisions for your careers.

This years summerschool will definetly be in presence.

More information about the program and the location will follow soon

Please find more information – program and registration here:

In this workshop you will learn the essentials of time- and self-management. Furthermore, you will work with typical time planning tools. Especially we will talk about the question how to combine different tasks in different areas of research and private life.


  • What is a project?: Definition and outline
  • What is classical and agile project management? – the Agile manifesto – Values and Principles. Modern leadership.
  • What are the phases of a project? Types of project working styles– Sprint & Scrum
  • How do I set up a project? Project design – W-questions – Transparency
  • How to build a productive project team (3 key tools) Leadership styles and models
  • How do I use the differences of the team members (diversity)? DISC – Mitigating resistance
  • Information and communication in the team (tools and meetings)
  • Typical difficulties in the project and how to overcome them. Goal Clarity. Time management as a team

Doctoral Researchers

The following list is not complete. Here you will find the young scientists currently participating in the graduate school who have agreed to this online list.

Project Group A

Project Group B

Fabio Pieretti (B04, associated)

Project Group C

Lisa Maria Martin (C05)


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: Coming soon. 

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. 

Course contents

  • Chemical Modification of GPCRs
  • Expression Technologies
  • Endocrinology
  • GPCR Molecular Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Evolution of GPCRs
  • Computer Modelling
  • GPCR Drug Discovery
  • GPCR Cell Biology

Coming soon.


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.

Anne Borman gave a talk about her research

David Speck will give a talk about his research.

Florian Seufert will give 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). 

The next online PhD-Meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 22 at 3 PM. Victoria Most will give a talk about her research project. 

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

Summer 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. Furthermore, each presentation will be analyzed and discussed in small groups consisting of the doctoral researchers.

Our second Summer School will take place September 08 – 10, 2021

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


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


Lecturer: Dr. Carsten Rohr

Presenting your results is part of being a scientist: in your group seminar, on a confer-ence, for your PhD defense or for the general public. How can you do this convincingly? The topics covered by this workshop are: 

  • Planning and structure
  • Memorable start and ending
  • Speech, voice and body language
  • Visualization and graphics
  • Slide composition

My trainings are “work”shops, meaning that the participants apply the learned material to your own presentations right there. Therefore, everybody should bring presentations (old or upcoming ones) to work with. I’m giving presentation skills workshops especially for scientists, because speaking the same language is a great advantage for tailoring the presentations effectively. Secondly, I know that most scientists talk about their topic with shining eyes. Often that excitement is gone, the moment they stand in front of a crowd. To tap into this enthusiasm during your talk is particularly important to me. And for that enthusiasm to reappear you need to feel save with what you are doing in your presentation.

  • Dr. Martha Sommer (Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics, Charité Berlin)
    My twenty years’ obsession with arrestin-GPCR interactions
  • 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 10 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 53 undergraduate students, 32 graduate students, 22 postdoctoral researchers, and 65 Project Leaders toke part in this exchange program, and has resulted in 59 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)