Genes and Development

The doctoral program "Genes and Development" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) and is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, and the German Primate Center.

Training shall enable the students to integrate knowledge and methods from classical developmental biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and infection biology. The faculty members are experienced in many of the relevant model organisms, including fungi (Aspergillus, Verticillium), plants (Arabidopsis, tobacco), nematodes (C. elegans), insects (Drosophila, Tribolium) and vertebrates (Xenopus, chicken, mouse).

The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields. For details on the application process, see the Apply page of GGNB.

The program accepts students from diverse areas of previous education who share enthusiasm for studying cells. Training is aimed at achieving a comparative understanding of how cell fate and topology are determined, a critical sense of how to apply comprehensive genomic analysis tools, and the ability to set up and test conceptual models for cellular functions.