The doctoral program "Microbiology and Biochemistry" is part of the Göttingen Graduate Center 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 and the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences.

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, or related fields, and who are interested in general, applied and infection biology as well as biochemistry and plant-microbe interactions.

In the program, the students study problems as diverse as pathogen-host interactions, the molecular biology of model microorganisms, or explore the diversity of microbial life at a variety of interesting places of our planet. Moreover, the research also involves the application of microorganisms and plants in biotechnology as well as the investigation of interactions between pro-and eukaryotic microorganisms and plants. In their projects, the students apply a variety of genetic and biochemical methods as well as a wide range of tools at the systems level (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics.)