Leibniz Graduate School on Ageing and Age-Related Diseases

Information about the programme and the application procedure

The Leibniz Graduate School on Ageing and Age-Related Diseases (LGSA) is a joint activity of the Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipman Institute (FLI) and the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena. Training and research within the PhD program is interdisciplinary with the endeavour to understand the multifaceted mechanisms that cause the development of age-related diseases and those that cause senescence and ageing. Ageing is a complex stochastic process based on genetic contributions as well as environmental influences. The process is still ill-understood. The LGSA is strengthening research on the mechanisms of decisive processes, in particular pathological processes which lead to consequences for health and healthy ageing.

The research topics focus on two sections. The cellular and organismic senescence covers genome stability, identification of genes involved in ageing and gene regulation as well as research on longevity. In the other section, the mechanisms leading to specific age-associated diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, kidney failure, immunosenescence and cancer are under investigation.

The experimental methodology ranges from genomic approaches, protein biochemistry, structure analysis and cell culture to animal models of disease. The up-to-date research facilities of the FLI are located at the Beutenberg Campus in close vicinity to different institutes of the FSU and non-University institutions, which have their main focus on basic and applied biomedical research.

Scientific key words
Ageing, Senescence, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Regeneration, Stem Cells

Participating faculties
Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI), Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) - Faculty of Biology and Pharmacy Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) - Faculty of Medicine

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Current number of doctoral candidates

How can I become a doctoral candidate? What is the method of selection?
On the homepage of the graduate school one may find the "application guidelines" and the "LGSA procedures"

Are there fixed dates to apply?
Yes, twice a year after the tendering.

Are there possibilities to be funded in this programme?
There are funded positions (TVL-E13/2), but scholarships are also possible.

Interesting for graduates of the following subjects:
Biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, medicine, biotechnology, physics, bioinformatics

Dr. rer nat., PhD, Dr. med.

Dr. Claudia M├╝ller
Leibniz Graduate School on Ageing
Beutenbergstra├če 11
D - 07745 Jena

Phone: +49 (0) 3641 656340
Fax: +49 (0) 3641 656335
E-Mail: CKMueller@fli-leibniz.de
Internet: www.fli-leibniz.de/phd/