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In the GGL, doctoral projects are embedded in topic-oriented research. Admission is international, and teaching is carried out in the English language. In association with the GGL the medical faculties offer a PhD – MD/PhD programme.




Wednesday, September 30, 2009

08:30 Registration starts
09:00 – 09:15

Opening Remarks
Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, Vice President Justus Liebig University
Welcome Address

Prof. Dr. Eveline Baumgart-Vogt, Director Giessen Graduate School for the Life Sciences

Section 5 “Neurosciences” Chaired by: Assad Riaz

09:15 – 09:45 

Autoimmunity and the Brain: No longer so privileged!

Dr. Bethan Lang, Oxford University

09:45 –10:00 

Surface binding autoantibodies and their functional effects in Dermato- and Polymyositis
Prathiba Singh
10:00 – 10:15  Inhibition of B-cell activation factor BAFF in monocytes is a new mechanism of action of Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg)
Sandra Bick
10:15 – 10:30  Familiarity Effects and Questioning Biases in Human Belief Revision
Ann Wolf
 10:30 - 10:45   Neuronal correlates of interference on executive function: optimisation of a negative priming paradigm
Eva Bauer

10:45 – 11:15 

Coffee break

Section 1 „Man, Nutrition and Environment“ Chaired by: Ann Wolf

11:15 – 11:45  Cardioprotective Effects on Caloric Restriction
Prof. Dr. Susanne Rohrbach, Justus Liebig University Giessen
11:45 – 12:00  Effect of Bolus Consumption of Slowly Digested Carbohydrate on Splanchnic Glucose Metabolism in Diabetes Mellitus
Meidije Ang
12:00 – 12:15  Improving rapeseed feed quality with molecular genetics
Anna Stein
12:15 – 12:30  Improvement of rapeseed meal quality via reduction of seed fibre and phenolic fractions
Benjamin Wittkop

12:30 – 13:30 


Section 3 „Heart, Lung and Blood Vessels“  Chaired by: Neelam Rawat

13:30 – 14:15  Receptor tyrosine kinase regulation of angiogenesis and vascular homeostasis
Prof. Dr. Hellmut Augustin, University of Heidelberg/Mannheim
14:15 – 14:30  Inflammatory stimuli exert significant alterations on the peroxisomal compartment in RAW264.7 murine macrophages
Andreas Kollas
14:30 – 14:45  Insulin induces the release of endothelial barrier stabilizing factor from platelets via PI3K/Akt-Nitric Oxide pathway
Imran Hussain
14:45 – 15:00  Endothelial ATP release during reoxygenation is modulated by PKA targeting connexin 43 hemichannels
Kiran Khawaja
15:00 – 15:15  Arginine methylation in the cardiovascular system: role of protein arginine methyltransferase 1 in the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension
Darius Zakrzewicz
15:15 – 15:30  Muscarinic receptor-mediated constriction of murine bronchi is caveolae-dependent
Heike Schlenz
15:30 – 15:45  Serotonin acutely elevates intracellular calcium concentration and augments CCL2 production in murine alveolar macrophages
Zbigniew Mikulski
15:45 – 16:00  Role of Neutrophil Extracellular Trap (NET) in Acute Lung Injury
Mona Saffarzadeh

16:00 – 16:30 


 Section 8 “Synthetic Molecules Materials” Chaired by: Sebastian Kehr

16:30 – 17:00 Fluorescent DNA and RNA: Synthesis, Optical Properties and Electron Transfer
Prof. Dr. Hans-Achim Wagenknecht, University of Regensburg
17:00 – 17:15  Characterisation of immune-related peptides in the model system Galleria mellonella using high-resolution mass spectrometry
Arton Berisha
17:15 – 17:30  Occurrence and fate of pharmaceuticals in hospital and municipal waste water
Uta Kraus
17:30 – 17:45  Zinc complexes as possible phosphate sensors
Alexander Beitat
17:45 – 19:45

Poster session and finger food



Thursday, October 1, 2009

Section 2 „Infection and Immunology“ Chaired by: Christian Kuechenthal

08:30 – 09:00  Dissecting immune cells in the microenvironment of
human tumors and chronic infections: challenges and new opportunities
Prof. Dr. Joachim L. Schultze, University Bonn
09:00 – 09:20  Microarray analyses of pairing-dependent, differential transcription in Schistosoma mansoni males
Silke Leutner
09:20 – 09:40  Hints towards the evolution of genus Listeria
Carsten Künne
09:40 – 10:00  Looking for functions of the pestiviral Core protein:
Its role in the infection of Interferon-primed cells
Christiane Riedel

10:00 – 10:10

 Coffee break

Section 4 ”Biochemistry and Molecular Biology” Chaired by: Yu Xiao

10:10 – 10:55  Deciphering Protein-RNA Interactions in ribonucleoprotein complexes by mass spectrometry
Dr. Henning Urlaub, Max-Planck-Institute Goettingen
10:55 – 11:10 With or without U: Crosstalk between DNA mismatch repair and base excision repair
Roger Heinze
11:10 – 11:25  Compartmentation as a central regulatory process in plant photo perception
Jutta Rösler
11:25 – 11:40  SMN-assisted assembly of snRNP-specific Sm cores in trypanosomes
Nicolas Jaé
11:40 – 11:55  Controlling the enzymatic activity of a restriction enzyme by light
Benno Schierling
11:55 – 12:10  Light-dependent gene regulation in Rhodobacter sphaeroides
Sebastian Metz

12:10 – 13:40 

Lunch and General Assembly of the GGL

Section 6 “Reproduction in Man and Animals” Chaired by: Vijith Vijayan

13:40 – 14:10  Genes, Hormones and Sex
Prof. Dr. Jörg Gromoll, University of Muenster
14:10 – 14:25  Expression of acetylated histone 3 at lysine 9 (H3K9ac) in male germ cells and its binding pattern to genes involved in normal human spermatogenesis
Cornelia Steilmann
14:25 -  14:40  Nestin expressing progenitor cells in pulmonary vasculature
Farhan Saboor
14:40 – 14:55  Sensory innervation of the rat testis and adjacent mesenteric tissue
Sylvia Schirmer
14:55 – 15:10  Uropathogenic Escherichia coli induces apoptosis in Sertoli and peritubular cells by different pathways
Yongning Lu

15:10 – 15:25 


15:25 – 17:00

Poster session

17:00 – 17:15



Section 7 „Stress Resistance and Adaptation“ / Chaired by: Konstantin Licht

17:15 – 17:45  The Louse and the Vine
Dr. rer. nat. habil. Reinhard Töpfer, Julius-Kuehn-Institute Siebeldingen
17:45 – 18:00  Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus detection and assessment of virus spread in susceptible and resistant barley plants
Viola Spamer
18:00 – 18:15  Proteins secreted by the mutualistic fungus Piriformospora indica during Arabidopsis root colonisation
Anna Klute
18:15 – 18:30  Selenoproteins in Plasmodium falciparum
Anne Röseler
18:30 – 18:45  Small RNAs in Rhodobacter sphaeroides and the singlet oxygen stress response
Bork Berghoff
18:45 – 19:00  Closing Remarks
Prof. Dr. Eveline Baumgart-Vogt
19:00 – 19:15  Award Ceremony


GGL Student Party (IFZ)