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Research Training Group

genes, environment, inflammation

Within this Research Training Group we will study the environmental influences responsible for the development of complex, chronic diseases. Moreover, we will systematically examine the previously understudied interplay between the (micro)-environment and predisposing genetic factors...

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The scientists in the Research Training Group (RTG) want to find out

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  • how the non-genetical schemes in the cell change during the development of chronic inflammatory diseases;
  • how diet influences the development of inflammatory diseases;
  • new statistical and bioinformatical ways to express research results.


a team of young and innovative scientists who are experts in the fields of:

  • molecular biology
  • human genetics
  • immunology
  • bioinformatics
  • biochemistry
  • microbiology
  • epidemiology
  • statistics.

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The purpose of the structured doctoral student programme is to:

  • enable young scientists to obtain their doctoral degree within three years;
  • qualify doctoral students for postdoctoral work;
  • impart interdisciplinary knowledge;
  • promote postgraduate students' transferrable skills.

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Latest News

18 May, 2016
Knowledge Discovery and Epigenetics at the 3. Internal RTG Meeting

The 3. Internal Meeting of the Research Training Group 1743 “Genes, Environment and Inflammation” was held on the 10 th of May at the Center of Molecular Life Sciences ZMB in Kiel.

Two guest speakers were invited to give an overview of the current state-of-the-art of their research fields and to report about their present and past work.

We were glad to welcome Prof. Ansgar Scherp as a speaker. He is leader of the group “Knowledge Discovery” at the University in Kiel and gave us insights into the field of Knowledge Discovery, Ontologies and Life Science, on a computational basis. The increasing amount of scientific data and publications leads to a loss of specific information. By following his talk, we learned that in the future, algorithms and clustering methods can help to asign materials (e.g. papers) of interest to a specific search profile of a user.

The speaker Dr. Torsten Plösch is working in the Department of Obstetric and Gynaecology at the University Medical Center Groningen. His enriching presentation was about Maternal-fetal interactions and its long term epigenetic consequences. It was very interesting to know how the mother´s nutrition can influence the offspring´s gen expression and leads to long term metabolic changes and diseases.

Additionally, we received more information about the RTG on-site review in July. One of the three doctoral candidates who will have to present their projects on the review held the first test talk...