Integrated Research Training Group
„Erlangen School of Molecular Communication”


The investigation of host-pathogen interactions is one of the most interesting and fascinating areas in modern life sciences. It addresses important questions in the fields of bio-medicine, microbiology and plant science. An essential prerequisite for improved therapies in medicine and for the development of pathogen-resistant and high yielding crop plants, is the understanding of the molecular and structural bases of host-pathogen relationships.

The “Erlangen School of Molecular Communication” offers top-level research training in internationally renowned laboratories. The school is integrated in the Collaborative Research Centre “Reprogramming of host cells by microbial effectors” (SFB 796) and provides an attractive doctoral programme with lively scientific exchange and interdisciplinary work. A framework of joint meetings, seminars, retreats and a summer school guarantees a broad and high standard education of students based on the interdisciplinary nature of this SFB comprising groups from Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Medical and Molecular Microbiology as well as Virology. Internationalization will be fostered by co-operations with foreign institutions such as the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Houston, Texas and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Fast Track Program: Directly from Bachelor to PhD

In October, 2011 the IRTG started a new doctorate program for students with an excellent Bachelor degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Life or Molecular Sciences or Chemistry. This program allows to start directly with a B.Sc. degree with a structured and funded doctorate program. This training is diveded in two phases, a one-year curriculum phase and a three year PhD-phase. This year the third period of the Fast Track Program starts.

Application deadline: June 30, 2015

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