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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

16 May, 2017
CRISPR-Cas9 Toolbox and Anatomage Table - Interdisciplinary Research Training Group Days in Kiel

The 8th Research Training Group 1743 (RTG1743) Meeting was held in Kiel at the Comprehensive Center of Inflammation Medicine (CCIM) directly on the Campus of the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH).

Prof. Dr. Andre Franke, speaker of the RTG, gave a short welcome note before the first talk was given by Dr. Petra Bacher (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin). She talked about her method of a qualitative and quantitative recognition of antigen specific T-cells which are relevant for the regulation of mucosal immune reactions.

Dr. Aleksandar Vojta from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, talked about “Modular CRISPR-Cas9 toolbox for gene regulation and epigenetic modifications”. In his speech, he described how he developed innovative tools for gene methylation and demethylation.

Additionally, the two new doctoral researchers in medicine, Tobias Vanselow of the research group of Jan Rupp, Institute of Molecular and Clinical Infectiology, University of Lübeck, and Nassim Kakavand of the research group of Philip Rosenstiel, Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology IKMB, Kiel University, presented their research plans.

In the afternoon, Prof. Dr. Bodo Kurz from the Anatomical Institute of Kiel University gave the doctoral researchers an introduction to the human body visually supported by the new anatomy table. The anatomy table, also called “anatomage table”, is equipped with a touch screen, giving an insight to the body, that is similar...