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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

21 Sep, 2017
Thannhauser award 2017

Professor Andre Franke (speaker of the RTG), Executive Board member of the cluster of excellence "Inflammation research" and Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kiel, has received the Thannhauser Prize 2017. The prize awarded by the German society for Gastroenterology, digestive and metabolic diseases is endowed with 10,000 euros. Franke was awarded the prize for his research on the impact of the human genome on the bacterial composition in the intestine.