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PhD Summer Selection 2024 – Open Projects

This is a list of currently 18 group leaders who are intending to recruit in the PhD Summer Selection 2024 and potential projects they’re offering.

Please note: this list will be constantly updated. Therefore, in your application you are welcome to include other groups of your interest.

Portrait Darja Andreev

Darja Andreev

Open Project
  • Unraveling the mechanistic role of heme peroxidases in the polarization of pro-resolving macrophages during inflammatory arthritis
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Immunology, Cellular and Molecular Biology
    → Detailed information as PDF

Portrait Nadine Bernhardt

Nadine Bernhardt

Open Projects
  • Trajectories of behaviour and brain activity correlates of socio-affective cognition under genetic risk and social stress
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Neuroscience

  • Cell-type specific DDAH regulation of affective symptomatology across species
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Molecular biology, Neuroscience

    This project will be conducted through collaboration between TUD and the King’s College London (KCL) as part of the International Research Training Group 2773 “Risks and Pathomechanisms of Affective Disorders”. Within this initiative, students will have the opportunity to obtain a joint certificate from TUD and KCL.

Portrait Stefan R. Bornstein

Stefan R. Bornstein

Open Projects
  • Characterization of adrenal gland susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: We seek motivated persons interested in immunology, microbiology, and translational biomedical sciences. Experience with cell culture systems and microbiology is an advantage but is not required

    This project will be conducted through collaboration between TUD, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich. It is part of the International Research Training Group Metabolic and Endocrine Drivers of Infection Susceptibility (IRTG3019). Within this collaboration, students will have the opportunity to obtain a joint certificate from TUD and the universities in Zurich.

  • Metabolic and immunologic influences of post-acute infection syndromes (PAISs)
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Statistical epidemiology, Molecular biology, Immunology/Infectious Diseases

    This project will be conducted through collaboration between TUD, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich. It is part of the International Research Training Group Metabolic and Endocrine Drivers of Infection Susceptibility (IRTG3019). Within this collaboration, students will have the opportunity to obtain a joint certificate from TUD and the universities in Zurich.

Portrait Oliver Bruns

Oliver Bruns

Open Project
  • Biomedical imaging beyond the visible
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Biochemistry, biology, biomedicine, bioengineering
    → Detailed information as PDF

Portrait Federico Calegari

© TUD/Magdalena Gonciarz

Federico Calegari

Open Project
  • Decoding the computational role of adult neurogenesis in hippocampus
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Neuroscience, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science
    → Detailed information as PDF

Portrait Triantafyllos Chavakis

Triantafyllos Chavakis

Open Projects
  • Characterization of metabolic fluxes in macrophages at different stimulation states
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Biochemistry

    This is a joint project with Tiago Alves.

  • Regulation of adipogenesis and adipocyte fate by inflammatory signalling
    → Detailed information as PDF

    This is a joint project with Peter Mirtschink. It will be conducted through collaboration between TUD, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich. It is part of the International Research Training Group Metabolic and Endocrine Drivers of Infection Susceptibility (IRTG3019). Within this collaboration, students will have the opportunity to obtain a joint certificate from TUD and the universities in Zurich.

Portrait Ünal Coskun

Ünal Coskun

Open Project
  • Structural and functional regulation of RTKs by lipid-protein interactions
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Biochemistry, Structural Biology

Portrait Christian Dahmann

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Christian Dahmann

Open Project
  • From genes to shape: Molecular control of mechanical forces during tissue morphogenesis
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics

Portrait Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich

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Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich

Open Project
  • Interaction of different cytoskeletal biopolymers in the regulation of cytoskeletal tension and cellular morphogenesis
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Physics, Biological Physics, Biology

Portrait Hani Harb

Hani Harb

Open Project
  • Host-microbial crosstalk along the gut-liver axis in metabolic disease
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Microbiome, immunology and liver physiology
    → Detailed information as PDF

    This project will be conducted through collaboration between TUD, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich. It is part of the International Research Training Group Metabolic and Endocrine Drivers of Infection Susceptibility (IRTG3019). Within this collaboration, students will have the opportunity to obtain a joint certificate from TUD and the universities in Zurich.

Portrait Nils Kröger

© TUD CMCB, Magdalena Gonciarz

Portrait Nikolaos Perakakis

Nikolaos Perakakis

Open Projects
  • Dietary interventions in prevention of infectious diseases
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Molecular biology, immunology, microbiology
    → Detailed information as PDF

    This project will be conducted through collaboration between TUD, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich. It is part of the International Research Training Group Metabolic and Endocrine Drivers of Infection Susceptibility (IRTG3019). Within this collaboration, students will have the opportunity to obtain a joint certificate from TUD and the universities in Zurich.

  • Gut infection modulating glucose metabolism
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Molecular Biology, Immunology, microbiology
    → Detailed information as PDF

    This project will be conducted through collaboration between TUD, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich. It is part of the International Research Training Group Metabolic and Endocrine Drivers of Infection Susceptibility (IRTG3019). Within this collaboration, students will have the opportunity to obtain a joint certificate from TUD and the universities in Zurich.

Portrait Natalia Rodríguez Muela

Natalia Rodríguez Muela

Open Project
  • Understanding the developmental origin of neurodegenerative diseases
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Neuroscience, cell biology, molecular biology

Portrait Michele Solimena

Michele Solimena

Open Project
  • Cell biology of viruses in pancreatic beta cells and type 1 diabetes
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Molecular cell biology, membrane trafficking, virology, antigen presentation

    This project will be conducted through collaboration between TUD, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich. It is part of the International Research Training Group Metabolic and Endocrine Drivers of Infection Susceptibility (IRTG3019). Within this collaboration, students will have the opportunity to obtain a joint certificate from TUD and the universities in Zurich.

Portrait Stephan Speier

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Stephan Speier

Open Project
  • In vivo maturation and resilience of stem cell derived islets after transplantation
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Cell Biology, Physiology, Medicine

Portrait Charlotte Steenblock

Charlotte Steenblock

Open Project
  • Glucocorticoids; hub between infection-susceptibility and inflammation treatment
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Molecular biology, cell biology, or biochemistry
    → Detailed information as PDF

    This project will be conducted through collaboration between TUD, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich. It is part of the International Research Training Group Metabolic and Endocrine Drivers of Infection Susceptibility (IRTG3019). Within this collaboration, students will have the opportunity to obtain a joint certificate from TUD and the universities in Zurich.

Portrait Anna Taubenberger

Anna Taubenberger

Open Projects
  • Towards using tissue mechanics as prognostic tool for liver cancer- from single cells to organoids and patient-derived tissues
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Biophysics, Bioengineering

  • Mechanically mapping cancer cell mechanics at the micro/nanoscale using automated scanning probe microscopy
    Preferred Course of Study/Expertise of Candidate: Biophysics, Bioengineering

PhD Summer Selection 2024

call is closed

interview week:
13–16 August 2024

For additional opportunities you might want to consider our partner program
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