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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

22 Nov, 2017
“Future Profs at Night” at the “Night of the Profs” in Kiel

On the 17th November 2017 in the contest of the scientific divulgation event “The Night of the Profs”, organized every year by Kiel university, we, two doctoral researchers of the RTG, had the possibility to make a presentation for the general public. Our talks were respectively entitled: “Transplants: find the perfect donor match! A matter of outfit!” (Elisa Rosati) and “Chronische Darmentzündung - Ein Justizfehler des Immunsystems?” (Mareike Wendorff). At the night of the profs mainly professors of Kiel university are presenting their work in a simplified version to make it accessible to every person. With the “Science show” program of Kiel university graduate center we presented, together with other PhD students, as a group called “Future Profs at Night”.  The group was, for this year, mainly composed by women scientists from different natural and life sciences fields as biology, oceanography, geography, zoology and microbiology for a total of 13 speakers in eleven talks.

In this occasion, we had the possibility to speak in front of an audience of ~1000 people. It was a very impressive setting and probably we will not have the possibility to repeat this experience very soon. The audience seem to have appreciated our approach of sharing science by presenting our work in a simple and entertaining way.

Two of the doctoral researchers in medicine, Jacob Hamm and Nassim Kakavand, who are just now doing their year of research within the RTG, belonged to...