PhD projects offered - IPP summer call 2021

The IPP offers a wide range of research topics in the 49 participating groups located at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) and the University Medical Center Mainz (UMC) but not every group participating in the IPP offers a position in every call. Below you find a list of group leaders offering a position in the IPP summer call 2021 and descriptions of the offered PhD projects. Be aware that projects may appear several times if they fit into different research topics.

We have an increasing focus on the emerging topic of healthy ageing and you will find that some projects in this call are offered within the “Science of Healthy Ageing Research Programme” (SHARP). SHARP is a newly established research initiative between IMB, Johannes Gutenberg-University (JGU) and JGU’s University Medical Centre (UMC) to combine clinical and basic research to promote strategies towards healthy ageing, thereby further enforcing healthy ageing as a research focus in Mainz.

If you are interested in applying to one or more of the projects below, fill out our registration form until 3 May 2021. Guidelines for registration can be found here.
The referees you list during your registration will receive a personalised link allowing them to upload their reference letter directly and confidentially. After registration, you will receive a link to the application form where you can indicate up to 5 projects that are of interest to you. The deadline for application submission is 10 May 2021. When you are invited to our interview days, you have the opportunity to modify your group preferences based on your interaction with the group leaders.

Ageing & Disease

Group LeaderTopicInstitution
Christof NiehrsEmbryos, Ageing and DNA repairIMB
Tim SparwasserRegulatory T CellsUMC
Susanne FoitzikSocial Evolution: Epigenetic regulation of division of labor and ageing in social insectsJGU
Helle UlrichUbiquitin, SUMO and genome maintenanceIMB
Sven DanckwardtDynamics of transcriptome 3’end diversity in development and diseaseUMC
Susann Schweiger/Helle UlrichDNA repair & cognitive functionUMC/IMB
Ari Waisman/Helle UlrichUbiquitin signaling in immune cell function and ageingUMC/IMB
Christian Behl/Petra Beli/Helle UlrichProtein quality control during ageingUMC/JGU/IMB
Claudia Keller Valsecchi/ Felicia Basilicata/Susann Schweiger/Benedikt BerningerSex chromosome dosage in ageing and age-related diseaseIMB/UMC
Borhane Guezguez/Petra BeliProteome remodeling during hematopoietic stem cell ageingUMC/IMB/JGU
Brian LukeCharacterising novel regulators of TERRA R-loopsIMB/JGU
Tobias Bopp/Sandra SchickImmune ageingUMC/IMB
Moritz Brandt/Philip Wenzel/Brian LukeTelomere shortening in heart failure – the role of inflammation reactive oxygen species, DNA-repair and telomeric repeat-containing RNA (TERRA)UMC/JGU/IMB
Peter Baumann/Kristina Endres/Sandra Schick/Oliver TüscherThe enteric nervous system during ageing in health and diseaseIMB/JGU/UMC
Peter Baumann/Alessandri/ Hardt/Keric/ Krenzlin/Ringel/WestphalenThe role of biological and chronological age in cancer treatmentIMB/JGU/UMC
Anton KhmelinskiiProtein quality control and ageingIMB
Stephan Grabbe/Emil KaraulanovRole of β2 integrin receptors for leukocyte functions in health and diseaseUMC/IMB
Michael KühnChromatin Regulatory Complexes in benign and malignant hematopoiesisUMC
Peter Baumann/Joan Barau/Felicia Basilicata/Claudia Keller-ValsecchiThe two female XX chromosomes and their role in providing sex-specific resilience and protective strengthIMB/JGU
Dorothee DormannMolecular mechanisms of RNA-binding protein dysfunction in neurodegenerative disordersJGU/IMB

Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Group LeaderTopicInstitution
Anton KhmelinskiiProtein quality control and ageingIMB
Julian KönigGenomic views and molecular mechanisms of RNA regulation: RNA modifications and splicing regulation IMB
Falk ButterProteomics and RNA-protein interactomicsIMB

Epigenetics & Nuclear Dynamics

Group LeaderTopicInstitution
Mark HelmEpitranscriptome: Modification and Processing of RNAJGU
Michael KühnChromatin Regulatory Complexes in benign and malignant hematopoiesisUMC
Tobias Bopp/Sandra SchickImmune ageingUMC/IMB
Tim SparwasserRegulatory T CellsUMC
Helle UlrichUbiquitin, SUMO and genome maintenanceIMB