is an interdisciplinary internationally oriented enterprise for cooperative
research and post graduate education, that brings together activities from
biology, chemistry, medicine and physics. Students with academic education
(Master or Diploma) in one of these fields, who would like to join this
interdisciplinary project as PhD students or postdoc, are invited to apply
for one of the 11 scholarships. Proficiency of the German language is not required.
The Graduate College started October 2000.
The Graduate College addresses questions regarding structure and function
of photoreceptors that play dominant roles in nature, or are of great technical
importance as man-made devices. The central issue is the synopsis of physical,
chemical and biological principles. The Graduate College will focus on
the primary processes of sensory photoreceptors and model compounds and
on signaling processes that are driven by photoreceptor activation.
The supervisors in the different institutes have long lasting research
experience in the topic of the College. These reach from identification
of new biological photoreceptors, their biophysical and biological characterization,
their interaction in living organisms, to the use of photoreceptors as
biosensors and as tools in clinical phototherapy. By combining the expertise
of different institutes an interdisciplinary education for graduate students
is created, that is unique nation wide and on an international level.