Qualification program

The Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) provides PhD candidates with a project-related qualification program dedicated to the integration of knowledge and methodologies from multiple disciplines. It offers training opportunities to enable cross-disciplinary approaches and promote rapid progress of the individual research projects. The IRTG fosters interaction and collaboration of CRC 1371 teams at local or distant sites. Our diverse agenda of excellent academic and hands-on training will promote self-reliance in experimental and clinical research, originality in thinking, and innovation in research.

Basic courses

Basic courses are mandatory for all PhD candidates of the IRTG and optional for associated students

3rd July: PhD Kick-Off

iGZW, 3rd floor, Gregor-Mendel-Str. 4, 85354 Freising

Time Topic
until 15:00 Arrival and check-in at hotel (if applicable)
15:00 - 15:30 Introduction and administrative matters Lindsay Hall/ Nadine Ohlhaut/ Markus Tschurtschenthaler
15:30 - 16:30 Project presentations by PhDs
16:30 - 16:45 Coffee break
16:45 - 17:45 Project presentations by PhDs
18:15 - Dinner @ Vu in Freising
4th July: Animal Models

iGZW, 3rd floor, Gregor-Mendel-Str. 4, 85354 Freising

Time Topic PI
09:30 - 09:45 Introduction Lindsay Hall
09:45 - 10:40 Mouse Genetics and Husbandry: How to generate preclinical cancer models Klaus Peter Janssen
10:40 - 11:35 CRISPR/Cas Systems for Genome Editing and Cancer Modelling Markus Tschurtschenthaler
11:35 - 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 - 12:40 Disease models investigating immunology – focus on allergy research Miriam Hils
12:40 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:25 Genetically Modified Animals: Difference between Mice and Pigs Tatiana Flisikowska
14:25 - 15:20 Generation of Germfree Mice Marijana Basic
15:20 - 16:15 Minimal Bacterial Consortia - How to get the gut microbiota under control Bärbel Stecher
5th July: Bioinformatics

Room 2.98, 2nd floor, Gregor-Mendel-Str. 2, 85354 Freising

Time Topic PI
10:00 - 10:15 Introduction Markus List
10:15 - 11:00 Essential Statistics for Bioinformatics Markus List
11:00 - 12:00 Sequencing and Genome Assembly Johannes Kersting
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:00 Transcriptomics and Gene Expression Analysis Johannes Kersting
14:00 - 15:00 Metagenomics and Phylogenetics Markus List
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:30 Data Mining and Machine Learning Markus List
16:30 - 17:00 Final Discussions Markus List and Johannes Kersting
6th July: Microbiota and Metabolome

Room 2.98, 2nd floor, Gregor-Mendel-Str. 2, 85354 Freising

Time Topic PI
09:00 - 09:55 Fecal Microbiota Transplantation André Gessner
09:55 - 10:50 Basics in intestinal microbiology Thomas Clavel
10:50 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:55 Quantitative Lipidomics Josef Ecker
11:55 - 12:30 Feedback and election spokesperson Lindsay Hall/ Nadine Ohlhaut

Advanced method courses

Three advanced methods courses of choice are mandatory for IRTG PhD candidates. Students may visit more courses upon personal interest and need. Associated students are welcome to attend all courses.

CANCELLED: Hands-on 16S rRNA gene amplicon analysis 9th - 11th May 2023

More advanced courses for the second funding phase will probably start in winter 2023.
More information will follow.

Self-guided short courses

The aim is to broaden the horizon of PhD students beyond their own working groups and the scope of their projects. This module consists in self-organized visits of the PhD student to other labs and institutes participating in the CRC.

- Mandatory: 3 visits within 4 years
- Duration: 1 day each visit | total of 3 days
- Organized by PhD students

Please submit courses to the coordinator using the report sheet.

Essential educational courses and schemes in scientific, social and cultural competences

Courses such as good scientific practice, project management, scientific writing, career development in science, media and communication, gender equality training are an essential part of the programm.

IRTG students must visit at least three courses of own choice within the four years:

- Duration: at least 1 day each
- Organized by local graduate schools or other institutions

Please hand in certificates to the IRTG coordinator!