Multiscale Bio-Systems

Natural SciencesPhysical sciencesChemical sciencesBiological sciences

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Multiscale Bio-Systems is an international doctoral program offered jointly by the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, the departments of physics, chemistry and biology at Universität Potsdam, FU and HU, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT. Research group leaders and chair holders at these institutions are involved in the program and offer research projects, graduate training and mentorship. The school is a member of the doctoral program Molecular Science of Dahlem Research School.


The IMPRS on Multiscale Bio-Systems addresses the fundamental levels of biosystems as provided by macromolecules in aqueous solutions, molecular recognition between these building blocks, free energy transduction by molecular machines as well as structure formation and transport in cells and tissues. Research activities focus on a quantitative understanding of how the processes on supramolecular and mesoscopic scales between a few nanometers and many micrometers arise from the structure and dynamics of the molecular building blocks.

Our doctoral program offers fellowships for cutting edge research projects. The school is committed to attracting interested students from any country and to offer them the best support and training. The interdisciplinary research is pursued by applying methods used in theoretical and experimental biophysics, physical and colloid chemistry as well as biochemistry and molecular biology. IMPRS offers additional tuition on a variety of topics such as scientific writing and German courses for foreign doctoral candidates.

Prof. Dr Reinhard Lipowsky Dr Angelo Valleriani programme Freie Universität Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

biosystems, macromolecules in aqueous solutions, molecular recognition, free energy transduction

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Lipowsky
Coordinator: Dr. Angelo Valleriani
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
14424 Potsdam
Telephone: +49 331 5679633
Deadlines: 31st January 2020
Places: 30
Scholarships: 21