Qualification Program

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The interdisciplinary profile of the research training group involves fundamentals and avanced aspects of drug research, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, radiopharmacy, molecular biology, bioanalytics and biochemistry, as well as strategies, approaches and methods of drug discovery and drug development. The topics will cover, e.g., structure and function of biological targets, drug design, molecular modeling, drug orientated synthesis, stereoselective synthesis, methods for the determination of affinity and functional activity of biologically active compounds, radiochemistry, fluorescence based assays, bioanalytical methods and biotransformation of biologically active compounds.

These topics will be included in the following different qualification modules:

 

Retreats:

Once a year the students will organize a closed meeting for all members for 2 days where all doctoral students present their progress reports. This is considered to discuss scientific problems, to exchange ideas, to promote the concepts of the individual doctoral projects, to stimulate the ‘team spirit’ and to improve the collaboration between the doctoral students.

 

Seminars / webinars / video conferences:

These modules combine (a) the short presentation of scientific results by one of the doctoral or postdoctoral researchers and (b) an invited lecture. The guest scientist is also invited to discuss the doctoral projects with the graduates. The annual EFS Research Day and the Tag der Chemie und Pharmazie at the UR will be incorporated into the programme. Four seminars per semester will be alternately organized at the universities of Erlangen and Regensburg.

 

Workshops:

Focusing on special topics and aiming to stimulate creativity and structured problem solving a teaching program will be organized once per semester, alternately in Erlangen and Regensburg. The workshop will be supervised by experts(PIs, junior scientists, associated researchers or invited scientists from academia and pharmaceutical industry). On day one, major principles will be presented and GPCR-specific research developments will be discussed. On day two, participants are divided into (breakout) groups. Moderated by the experts, the small teams of doctoral researchers will create research ideas based on the presented field(s) of GPCR research or focus on a problem to be solved applying the presented strategies.

 

Lab courses / internships / special qualifications:

The graduates are invited to take training in special methods and techniques established in the laboratories involved in the RTG. Two practical courses should be attended during the doctorate period. In addition, the graduates will get support from the RTG to acquire special knowledge or qualifications outside the regular study program.

 

Summer School:

The Summer School Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Regensburg is a biannual international meeting, characterized by a mixture of scientific highlights, teaching and presentation of results of doctoral projects. The summer school brings together leading international scientists from academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies to present innovative ideas, modern methods and strategies, best practices as well as case studies in the field of drug research, international doctoral students and postdocs, who present their current proceedings in form of short lectures and posters.

 

Research stay abroad:

Every graduate student will have the opportunity to spend 3-4 months in the research laboratory of a collaborator from abroad to do experimental work, to learn and apply project relevant methods and techniques, to broaden his/her knowledge and to gain international experience before the completion of the doctorate This will improve the qualification of the graduate and the obtained results will strengthen the projects in an excellent way.

 

Excursions:

Excursions to pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies and research centers (e. g. Helmholtz Centers; Max Planck Institutes) will be organized. The visits to laboratories and the discussions with scientists and senior executives will be helpful with respect to getting insights into the practice of biomedical and drug research outside academia and getting ideas of job profiles and future occupation.