The International PhD Programme includes groups at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz's University Medical Centre (UMC) and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P). All groups are conducting research relating to the Programme's overarching theme of the "Dynamics of Gene Regulation, Epigenetics and DNA Damage Response". Here, we give an overview of research topics and short biographies. Note that not all groups offer positions in every call. Available PhD projects in the current call are listed in the projects offered section.

Group LeaderTopicInstitution
Miguel AndradeComputational biology & data miningIMB / JGU
Petra BeliDecoding DNA damage signaling using quantitative mass spectrometryIMB
Benedikt BerningerLineage reprogramming glia into neuronsUMC
Joachim BurgerThe role of regulatory elements in the adaptation of modern humans to an agriculturalist dietJGU
Falk ButterQuantitative proteomics in telomere biology and long non-coding RNA regulationIMB
Christoph CremerImaging the epigenetic Landscape of Nuclear Genome Nanostructure in Three DimensionsIMB
Andreas DaiberThe role of DNA damage in the pathogenesis of nitrate toleranceUMC
Andreas DiefenbachInnate ImmunityUMC
Bernd EpeThe repair of endogenously and exogenously generated DNA modificationsJGU
Jörg FahrerThe DNA damage response in colorectal carcinogenesisUMC
Susanne FoitzikEvolution of division of labor in social insectsJGU
Thomas HankelnGlobins in the nucleusJGU
Mark HelmRNA modifications in DevelopmentJGU
Bernd KainaDNA repair and signaling in survival and death strategies of cellsUMC
Martin KaltenpothInsect symbiosisJGU
Anton KhmelinskiiProteome Organisation & DynamicsIMB
René KettingGenetic and molecular dissection of RNAi induced heterochromatinIMB
Andriy KhobtaRepair of structurally defined DNA lesionsJGU
Thomas KindlerRole of oncogenic signalling in epigenetics and DNA repairUMC
Julian KönigGenomic views of protein-RNA interactions and splicing regulationIMB
Eva-Maria Krämer-AlbersExtracellular vesicles in cell communicationJGU
Michael KühnTargeting leukemogenic gene expression via chromatin regulatory complexesUMC
Stefan LegewieMathematical modelling of epigenome crosstalkIMB
Romain LibbrechtEvolution and regulation of division of labor in insect societiesJGU
Brian LukeCrosstalk between DNA damage checkpoints and nutrient signallingIMB
Beat LutzEpigenetic mechanisms controlling learning and memory, anxiety and stress copingUMC
Jens MarquardtMolecular mechanisms of hepatocarcinogenesis: from cellular origin to novel therapeutic targetsUMC
Helen May-SimeraPrimary cilia and micro RNAJGU
Marianne B. MüllerDeciphering the molecular basis of rapid antidepressant actionUMC
Christof NiehrsDNA demethylation, reprogramming and differentiationIMB
Kalina PenevaBranched cell penetrating peptides as control and delivery molecules for transcription factorsMPI-P
Holger RichlyMolecular epigeneticsIMB
Jean-Yves RoignantThe role of chromatin in alternative splicing regulation during cell fate decisionIMB
David RosenkranzSmall non-coding RNAs in thermal stress responseJGU
Vassilis RoukosCell biology of genome maintenanceIMB
Wolfram RufCoagulation signaling in innate immunityUMC
Simon RumpelMechanisms of Memory in Neocortical CircuitsUMC
Soojin RyuMolecular mechanism for stress regulation using zebrafishUMC
Natalia SoshnikovaDevelopmental and Stem Cell BiologyIMB
Susanne StrandEpigenetic regulation of liver disease and cancerUMC
Roland StraussGene regulation and epigenetics of a lifetime body‐size memory in DrosophilaJGU
Vijay TiwariEpigenetic regulation of development and diseaseIMB
Jacqueline TrotterTargets of the NG2 intracellular domain in gene regulation in glial precursor cellsJGU
Helle UlrichMaintenance of genome stabilityIMB
Joachim UrbanDifferentiation of neural cell typesJGU
Ari WaismanDevelopment and regulation of IL-17 producing cells during inflammationUMC
Jennifer WinterRNA mediated regulation of gene expressionUMC
Leszek WojnowskiEpigenetics of drug disposition and responseUMC
Eva WolfCircadian clocks as gene regulatory systemsIMB/JGU
Uwe WolfrumCiliary protein function: roles in DNA damage repair and gene regulationJGU
Hans ZischlerPrimate piRNA/PIWI: functional aspects and adaptive phenotypesJGU