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Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering

The „Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering“ (DIGS-BB) was established in 2006 in the course of the German excellence initiative. The Graduate School is the partner of the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Cell Biology and Bioengineering (IMPRS-MCBB). Together, the DIGS-BB and the IMPRS-MCBB form the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP) which hosts up to 300 participating PhD students and thus belongs to one of the largest international PhD programs in Germany. Each PhD student is supervised by a Thesis Advisory Committee composed of three faculty members. Mandatory and optional training modules, including practical courses, workshops and seminars, are a key features of the programme.

The DIGS-BB conducts a highly selective application procedure to recruit the best international PhD students who are interested in conducting research towards a doctorate in fields of cell biology, biomedicine, biophysics and bioengineering. As agreed by the participating faculties of Science, Engineering, Medicine and Informatics, successful PhD students of the DIGS-BB may opt to be awarded either the traditional German academic titles (Dr. rer. nat., Dr.-Ing., Dr. rer. medic.) or the Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy).

The DIGS-BB connects state-of-the-art university and non-university institutes as the Center of Regenerative Medicine, the Biotechnological Center, the Medical Theoretical Center, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Science, and the Foschungszentrum Dresden Rossendorf. The participating group leaders offer outstanding and challenging thesis projects within the three PhD programs of the DIGS-BB, namely in the fields of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, Regenerative Medicine, and Nanobiotechnology, Biophysics and Bioengineering. The topics of the theses projects are mostly interdisciplinary and profit from the high competence of and the intense cooperation within the Dresden campus.

Research in the program Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology addresses molecular functions of cell components like membranes, and the interaction of molecules in single cells and tissues. Most or the investigations are performed with model organisms like mouse, zebra fish, flies, worm or yeast.

In the program Regenerative Medicine, which is tightly associated with the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD), the molecular and cellular basis of regeneration of cells and tissues is explored. Translation of relevant findings in clinical application is a major goal. Specific aims are the development of regenerative therapies for neurodegenerative and vascular diseases, the investigation of stem cells in model organisms, and the decipherment of disease-relevant intra- and intercellular communication processes.

In the program Nanobiotechnology, Biophysics and Bioengineering researchers in the field of nonotechnology tightly cooperate with biologists, chemists and engineers to explore the dynamic behaviour of single molecules in living cells, the structure and mode of action of molecular motors, and to synthesize and evaluate biomaterials.

Detailed information on the program, participating institutions and research groups, training and the admission procedure including the relevant application deadlines are available on http://www.digs-bb.de.

Further Information:
Professor Gerhard Rödel
Tel.: 0351 463-36210
Fax: 0351 463-37725
Mail an Gerhard.Roedel@tu-dresden.deGerhard.Roedel@tu-dresden.de

Last modified: 27.07.2010 09:51
Author: Frank Seidel


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