Scaffolding of Membranes - Molecular Mechanisms and Cellular Functions

Natural SciencesBiological sciences

The Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) provides a platform for structured and complementary training of all doctoral candidates within the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) Scaffolding of Membranes - Molecular Mechanisms and Cellular Functions. It fills an important gap in postgraduate education in the Berlin area in the field of membrane biology. Moreover, IRTG provides an excellent framework to integrate research and postgraduate education at the participating universities and non-university research institutions.


The CRC's aim is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which dynamically organized protein-protein assemblies scaffold cellular membranes and exert cellular functions. The IRTG program aims to educate doctoral candidates in a multidisciplinary approach combining cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, structural biology and optical (bio)physics.

In particular, the study program introduces doctoral candidates trained in molecular biology to protein structural and bio-physical methods. Conversely, doctoral candidates with a strong background in biophysics are exposed to basic methods and concepts in molecular cell biology.

IRTG is embedded in the existing doctoral program in Biomedical Sciences at Dahlem Research School. The study program consists of scientific lectures, seminars and courses and also provides several opportunities for doctoral candidates to acquire soft skills.

organised programme Prof. Dr Petra Knaus Prof. Dr Michael Krauß Simone Schlender

membrane biology, protein assemblies, cellular membranes, cellular functions

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Petra Knaus
Prof. Dr. Michael Krauß
Coordinator: Simone Schlender
FU Berlin
Thielallee 63
14195 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 83859741
Deadlines: calls and deadlines vary
Places: vary
Scholarships: 7 short-term scholarships