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 

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). 

Poster sessions are an integral part of almost every scientific conference. Their purpose is to highlight research results, visualize them, and stimulate discussion. To draw your audience in, you need a crystal-clear message, a text format optimized for best legibility and well-chosen graphics. And above all, you need to think well through how to organize your research content on the huge A0 poster format.
Basic rules of graphic design and layout technique will help you to present your work in a visually well-structured and appealing way. The training shows you how to present your research efficiently and provides enough time to put directly into practice what you have learned.

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)


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.


»  06.-07.07.2020  Grant Proposal Writing (Preuss)

»  05.-07.10.2020  Expression and Preparation of GPCRs // Please find more information here.

»  03. & 06.11.2020  Designing Effective Academic Posters

»   26. – 27.01.2021  Academic Writing / Successful Publication

Coming soon. 

Coming soon.

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 first Summer School is planned from September 14 – 18, 2020

This year´s Summer School will take place virtually (>> proposed 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, 15 teaching modules have been taught by Project Leaders at the respective partner university, typically extending over 2 weeks including practical hands on sessions. We would like to emphasize that this exchange took place on all academic levels involving 50 undergraduate students, 32 graduate students, 14 postdoctoral researchers, and 60 Project Leaders. In the course of time this has resulted in 43 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.

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.

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.


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)