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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 Apr, 2017
My visit to Moscow - exciting labwork and new cultural insights


Moscow (Russia) has some of the leading groups in the field of immune repertoire analysis. The peculiarity and extreme diversity of the immune repertoire makes it necessary to apply specific methods. The expertise of the Laboratory of Comparative and Functional Genomics of the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Science ranges from targeted wet lab techniques to software development and data analysis.

My visit this lab had the purpose of establishing a scientific collaboration between our group in Kiel and the group in Moscow, to jointly work on projects involving immune repertoire analysis. During the time I spent there, I learned, and applied on a small cohort of samples, the necessary methodologies to efficiently process samples for T-cell receptor repertoire sequencing. The methods I learned - under the supervision of Dr. Ilgar Mamedov - will be established here in Kiel and used for future projects.

We will continue to interact with Dr. Mamedov for the data analysis of the results obtained from the samples processed at his lab and we hope to have laid the foundations for a fruitful collaboration and exchange of ideas on projects of common interest.

In addition to the positive impact on my cultural baggage and personal network, this journey allowed me to directly learn from world’s leading experts in my field of study and optimize the study design of our future projects here in Kiel. Thanks to the RTG 1743...