Doctoral Program 'Integrative Structural Biology' (ISB) started in January 2016
The FWF supported doctoral program 'Integrative Structural Biology' (ISB) is an inter-institutional consortium of eight scientists, comprising Group Leaders from the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL), the Medical University of Vienna and the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna. The application was approved in May 2015; the program began on 1st January, 2016 and is the follow-up program of the DP 'Structure and Interaction of Biological Macromolecules'.
"The elucidation of the structures and dynamic interactions of large biological molecules is essential to understanding all biological processes. Our doctoral program will provide the collegiates with training in the modern, high-end techniques that are required for today’s structural biology approaches. A key aspect is the integrative nature of the program that will allow the students to choose the appropriate techniques to address a chosen problem”, so Program-Speaker Tim Skern, who is Group Leader at the MFPL.
A unique aspect of the doctoral program ISB is the variety of scientific questions posed by the faculty that will give the collegiates integrative experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, cell biology, genetics, molecular medicine, pharmacology and virology. Above all, the collegiates will be encouraged to investigate the biological implications of their results.
On completion of their studies, the collegiates will be superbly equipped to meet the exciting scientific challenges of the future in their particular field of choice. “Biological and medical research today cannot be performed without expertise in structural biology; our doctoral program offers a unique opportunity to gain such expertise”, asserts Tim Skern.
The program will also provide a strong platform to further promote the successful cooperations between the research groups of the MFPL and of the IMP at the Vienna Biocenter as well as at the Medical University of Vienna.
More information by the University of Vienna on the recently approved doctoral programs and the new special research program can be found at (in German):