SFB 914 Trafficking of Immune Cells in Inflammation, Development and Disease

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Studying the signals that navigate leukocytes within the vascular system and between different compartments on the cellular and molecular level is the main focus of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 914 “Trafficking of Immune Cells in Inflammation, Development and Disease”. This requires a broad methodological spectrum ranging from molecular and cellular biology tools and physiological in vivo approaches to complex bio-imaging applications.

To carry out the demanding and interdisciplinary research within the SFB 914, talented and well-trained young students are essential. Therefore, the training program (Integrated Research Training Group, IRTG) for PhD as well as MD students within this initiative is an important component of the SFB 914.

Students receive a structured training program consisting of

  • advanced methodological courses with a major focus on bio-imaging tools,
  • basic principle seminars with an emphasis on leukocyte trafficking,
  • soft skill seminars on communication skills and scientific writing, and
  • scientific education with lecture series, annual retreats, and an international summer school.

Please see section Curriculum for details.

A thesis advisory committee monitors the individual progress of every student. The purpose of this committee is not only to supervise the scientific work, the committee also advises the students in planning their careers and supports them in building their own scientific network.

Doctoral Program and Degrees

Through the IRTG 914 students can obtain one of the following doctoral degrees, depending on the background and goal.

Please refer to the section PhD Program for details on obtaining one of the degrees

  • Ph.D. "Medical Research",
  • Dr. rer. nat. (doctoral degree in the natural sciences), or
  • Dr. hum. biol. (doctoral degree in human biology).

Please refer to the section Dr. med.-Program for details on obtaining the degree

  • Dr. med. (doctoral degree in human medicine).