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Doctorate Program

Receptor Dynamics: Emerging Paradigms for Novel Drugs 

University of Würzburg (coordinating institution), University of Bayreuth, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Universität Regensburg


Degree: PhD or Dr. rer. nat.

Duration of study: 3 years

Places of study: Würzburg, Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Regensburg

Requirements: Excellent master's degree in the Natural Sciences or similar subjects. Excellent Fast Track candidates may also apply.

Language of instruction: English

The International Graduate School unites research areas in pharmacy, medicine and sciences like medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, structural biology, biophysics and -chemistry, as well as physiology. The University of Würzburg, the German Research Council funded Graduate School “Medicinal Chemistry of selective GPCR Ligands” at the universitites in Erlangen and Regensburg as well as the Department of Biopolymers at the University of Bayreuth are project partners.

The scientific goal is the investigation of dynamic processes of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) with regard to receptor di- and oligomerisation, movement on the cell surface, but also the dynamics of the receptor structure after contact to a specific ligand. Chemical probe heads will be synthesized in order to make these processes visible and investigate them.

Within the PhD projects the students work in a highly interdisciplinary manner in several research groups with at least one stay in an international partner lab in Europe or the USA. Scientific lectures, “teaching by peers”-seminars and international symposia, retreats and summer schools will be offered, as well as an elective training program with partners from industry and the public sector. In addition to that professional skills workshops will complete the training program. 


Highlights of the International Doctorate Program

Prof. Dr. Michael Decker

Prof. Dr. Martin Lohse

Contact (Coordinator)
Dr. Ludwig Höllein