The 7th RTG 1743 meeting took place on 2nd March 2020 at the Department for Infectiology and Microbiology at the University of Lübeck.
In the morning of that day, all doctoral researchers first had an Immunology seminar, which was organized by us. Prof Ralf Ludwig (RTG 1743) and PD Yves Laumonnier (IRTG 1911) were giving talks on basic and advanced immunology, amongst others focusing on the complement system and MHCs. All RTG 1743 doctoral candidates as well as some external participants from other RTGs had lively discussions and gained further knowledge in that field.
In the afternoon, the 7th Internal RTG Meeting started with welcoming and organizational words by Prof Andre Franke. He updated everyone on upcoming workshops and events and congratulated two doctoral researchers for winning a poster price at the PMI Symposium in Hamburg.
We were very happy to then welcome our guest speaker: Prof Jennifer Hundt. She is a veterinarian by training, having defended her PhD at the Veterinary School of Hanover. She now holds a professorship at the “Lübeck Institute for Experimental Dermatology (LIED)”. Prof Hundt was speaking about visualization of inflammation in the skin, focusing on two photon microscopy and OCT. Finishing her talk, a discussion on her field of research began, including many interested questions from doctoral researchers and PIs.
Afterwards, female doctoral researchers got the opportunity to discuss current gender issues in their working field with Prof Hundt without the males. This was a great possibility to exchange experiences and opinions on this highly relevant and recent topic.
Following up, two introduction talks were held by new RTG 1743 doctoral researchers: Ann-Kristin Kamps and Agne Garett introduced themselves and their field of research. Ann-Kristin Kamps is member of Prof Petra Bacher’s group at the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology at the University of Kiel. In her project, she will investigate the identification of MHC class II peptides as antigen-specific T cell targets in inflammatory bowel diseases. Agne Garett works at the Institute of Experimental Dermatology at the University of Lübeck as member of Prof Saleh Ibrahim’s group. She will analyze mitochondrial and interactions in a Multiple Sclerosis mouse model.
In the end, Dr Neha Mishra nicely closed up the meeting by giving a talk on her project work with the title: “A longitudinal multi-omics study of therapeutic response to anti-TNFα therapy in IBD patients”. Dr Mishra is bioinformatician by training and new associated member of the RTG 1743. Introducing her project, she drew focus on the bioinformatical sides of inflammation research which gave the audience another interesting point of view, leading to a fruitful discussion in the end of the meeting.
This 7th RTG Meeting was very successful – not only in presenting and discussion scientific research, but also political issues such as gender equality. The RTG candidates will come together again in May 2020 for Doc’s Day and the 8th RTG Meeting.
Celeste Scholz and Katharina Koethke