Biomolecules: Structure - Function - Dynamics

The doctoral program "Biomolecules: Structure - Function - Dynamics" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The graduate school offers a joint modular training program to which the twelve doctoral programs of GGNB contribute and that is open to all GGNB students. In addition to a lecture and seminar program, training consists of (1) individual counselling by thesis committees, (2) intensive methods courses of 1-3 weeks in special training labs, (3) 2-3-day methods courses in the laboratories of the participating faculty, (4) professional skills courses such as scientific writing, presentation skills, intercultural communication, project management, team-leadership skills, conflict resolution, ethics, and career development, and (5) student-organized scientific meetings, industry excursions, and intercultural events. Students are able to tailor their individual curriculum by choosing from a large number of courses and events.

The Biomolecules program provides training for doctoral students with a special interest in understanding cellular functions at the molecular level. Students should become experts in studying the structure and function of biomolecules at an atomic or molecular level, and they will also be trained in biophysical chemistry and cell biology in order to understand molecular function in a cellular context.

The program contributes to GGNB training with seminars on biochemistry, microbiology and structural biology, short methods courses in state-of-the-art techniques for the quantitative analysis of protein-protein interactions, enzyme kinetics, and bioinformatics, both at an introductory and advanced level. Furthermore, the program is responsible for new Bioanalytics lab facilities (established in 2008) and the associated extended methods course.

Experimental research constitutes the major component of the doctoral studies and is conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member of the doctoral program. Doctoral research projects are complemented by a school-wide training program, offered to all GGNB students, who are members of a vibrant international research community. The language of the doctoral program is English.