The graduate training program Viruses of the Immune System was initiated in 2004 by Bernhard Fleckenstein, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen- Nuremberg, and Ron Desrosiers, Harvard Medical School, with the objective to foster both scientific exchange and graduate training.
Research and training activities in Erlangen are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Funding started January 2005 and will end December 2013. The exchange program at Harvard Medical School is covered by grants of the participating groups and supported by fellowships from GlaxoSmithKline Germany.
The concept of our program is to provide intense training and mentoring for excellent PhD and MD students doing research at the interface of immunology and virology. Their projects are embedded in a network of established interdisciplinary collaborations at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Research topics include the basis of AIDS pathogenesis and viral oncogenesis as well as therapy and prophylaxis of herpesvirus and retrovirus infections. The local research and training activities are complemented by an exchange program with Harvard Medical School, which is based on many years of successful cooperations.
We are now recruiting new PhD students
DFG funding covers 15 positions for PhD students holding a university degree (diploma, master) in biology, biochemistry, molecular medicine or a related field. These students benefit from structured scientific supervision within our mentoring program and from courses and activities offered by our training program. The second group of students entered our three years’ program in 2008/2009. A third group will start in 2011/2012.
The call for applications is open until all positions are filled.
Please refer to the list of open positions for further details.
Positions for research and MD students in Erlangen are available for students enrolled at the Friedrich-Alexander University. Associated members are admitted from research groups participating in the GRK1071 training program.
Positions in the Harvard Medical School exchange program are available for students holding a diploma or master degree in life sciences from Friedrich-Alexander University. The call for positions to be filled in September 2011 is now open.
Please contact the Scientific Coordinator Brigitte Biesinger for further questions.
PD Dr. Brigitte Biesinger
Scientific Coordinator of GRK1071
Virologisches Institut, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen
phone +49(0)9131-85 26447