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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Contents: This is a basic course directed at graduate students. It is intended to provide an overview of the EPR spectroscopy and its application to protein biophysics. Electron paramagnetic resonance is a magnetic resonance technique for the analysis of naturally occurring or introduced free radicals. In protein spin labeling, a stable free radical, spin label, is introduced specifically into the protein sequence via site-directed mutagenesis. The lectures will describe the technical and biochemical aspects and their structural and dynamic interpretation with computation. This course includes a practical section and is intended for PhDs, PostDocs and Students.

Methods: Lecture and Paper-Club

Examination: Final Written Exam / Report

Students, postdocs, and faculty members who wish to audit the class are welcome. More details and the Program will announced soon. If you would like to have updates/registered please send a note to Juliane or Anett / or click here

This three day module consits of lectures and practical courses and covers the following topics:

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  • Classical discoveries concerning signal transduction made with animal models: TRP channels, olfactory receptors, EGF pathway, circadian cycle, apoptosis
  • Molecular methods for Drosophila research: CRISPR/Cas9, GAL4/UAS, RNAi, MIMIC
  • Drosophila as model to study pathologies – chances and limitations

Registration via email to Juliane Adler

4 PM

Speaker will be announced soon

more information coming soon

3 PM

in this PhD meeting you can get feedback on your talks/posters for the upcoming Retreat

4 PM

Speaker will be announced soon

4 PM

Speaker will be announced soon

3 PM

in this PhD meeting you can get feedback on your talks/posters for the upcoming Retreat

more information coming soon

4 PM

Speaker will be announced soon

4 PM

Speaker will be announced soon

4 PM

Speaker will be announced soon

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

Project Group B

Hannah Lentschat (B01)

Project Group C

Maik Pankonin (C01)

  • Marvin Bremer (A03)
  • Miron Gershkovich (A03)
  • Md Abdus Sattar (B03)
  • Fabio Pieretti (B04)


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.

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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.

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 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). 

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 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 Summer School took place September 08 – 10, 2021

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


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

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

2021:  Posterfeedback focussed on visual aspects

Lecturer: Birgit Lukowski

2020:  Convince with your conference talk presentation skills for scientists

Lecturer: Dr. Carsten Rohr


  • 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 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)