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Excellence Graduate School


GSC 214 "Jena School for Mirobial Communication" (JSMC)

(since 2007)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage (Institute for Microbiology, FSU Jena and
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute)
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The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is a structured, interdisciplinary PhD training programme funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation. It brings together scientists from different fields by integrating three thematically related Research Training Groups. The main objective of the JSMC is to decipher all the facets of microbial communication, which encompasses how microorganism communicate amongst each other, with higher organisms and with their abiotic environment. This is based on the exchange of various chemical molecules that have an extremely wide range of possible applications as industrially relevant natural products, for instance novel antibiotics. The JSMC successfully integrates such diverse disciplines as biology, chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, biotechnology, geology, mathematics, physics and computer science.

The JSMC network consists of numerous institutes of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, seven non-university research institutions and 11 partner companies. It provides excellent conditions for cooperative research combining basic science and industrial application. The JSMC doctoral researchers complete an ambitious training program that will employ the latest transdisciplinary state-of-the-art research methods. The JSMC currently encompasses 150 doctoral researchers from 33 different countries supervised by a faculty of 70 principal investigators. Over 300 high-impact publications in international high-ranking journals have been published from within the JSMC network since its inception, and 80 doctoral researchers were able to successfully complete their PhD already.

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