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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.



Download the complete GGL Conference Programme here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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

Opening Remarks
Prof. Katja Becker, Vice President Justus Liebig University

Welcome Address

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

Section 7 “Stress and adaptation"                           Chair: Alexander Beitat

09:15 – 10:00

Dr. Taosheng Chen; Chemical Biology & Therapeutics, St. Jude Children´s Hospital, Memphis, USA –
A Chemical Biology Approach to Study Nuclear Receptor PXR in Drug Metabolism and Drug Resistance


10:00 – 10:15

Esther Jortzik - Redox regulation of Plasmodium falciparum ornithine δ-aminotransferase


10:15 – 10:30

Sebastian Kehr - Compartmentation of redox metabolism in malaria parasites

10:30 – 11:00 

Coffee break

Section 6 „Reproduction in man and animals“         Chair: Jan Heusler

11:00 –11:45 

Prof. Alan Conley; Department of Population Health and Reproduction, University of California Davis, USA - Steroidogenesis: Organizing chaos in cells and membranes


11:45 –12:00 

Daniela Fietz - Is there a correlation between CAG repeat length and status of spermatogenesis?


12:00 –12:15 

Yu Xiao - AMH-Cre-exerted stress reactions in the testis: Implications for the Cre-loxP-mediated knockout technology


12:15 –12:30 

Caroline Feuerstacke - Characterization of phosphodiesterase isoforms expressed in contractile cells of the human testis and epididymis.


12:30 – 13:30 


Section 3 „Heart, Lung and Blood Vessels“              Chair: Wei Fan

13:30 –14:15 

Prof. Dr. Bernd Engelmann; Institute for Clinical Chemistry, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany - Physiological thrombosis as host defense mechanism: from insects to mammals


14:15 –14:30 

Martin Hühn - ER-stress signaling in the alveolar epithelium

14:30 –14:45 

Julia Gansler - Expression of human pancreatic-type Ribonuclease1 in endothelial cells under inflammatory conditions

14:45 –15:00 

Michael Staedele - Inhibition of Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptors on platelets induces a release of ATP and stabilizes the endothelial barrier during ischemia/reperfusion

15:00 –15:15 

Katharina Jenniches - Understanding the Sarcomere Function by Annotating New Genes

15:15 –15:30 

Ajit Magadum - Cardiac Repair through Repopulation of the Heart by Inducing Cardiomyocyte Proliferation.

15:30 –16:00


 Section 4 “Protein and Nucleic acid interaction”          Chair: Daniela Fietz

16:00 – 16:45

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Lührmann; Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany - Structure and function of the Spliceosome

16:45 – 17:00

Verena Peuser - Regulatory links between iron metabolism and oxidative stress in Rhodobacter sphaeroides

17:00 – 17:15

Martin Herold - dCTCF and CP190: interacting partners and spatial chromatin organization in Drosophila melanogaster

17:15 – 19:30

Poster session and finger food



Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Section 8 „Molecular Interactions at natural Interfaces“  Chair: Denis Kasozi

08:30 – 09:15

Dr. Markus Stoeckli; Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland -MALDI MS Imaging for Compounds

09:15 – 09:30 

Dennis Blank - Lewis Blood Group Determination Based on Human Milk Oligosaccharides


09:30 – 09:45

Christian Küchenthal - Small molecules for prostate cancer imaging

09:45 –10:00 

Miriam Wendland - Cell surface recognition using small modular ligands


10:00 – 10:15

 Coffee break

Section 5 ”Neurosciences”                                                Chair: Silke Leutner

10:15 – 11:00

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Löscher; Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy, and Center for Systems Neuroscience, Hannover University of Veterinary Medicine, Germany - The blood-brain barrier: bottleneck in the treatment of brain disorders

11:00 – 11:15

Jutta Hosch - Development of a humanized Mouse-Model for X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa

11:15 – 11:30

Bhupesh Parise - Investigation on proteins interacting with AIPL1 

11:30 – 11:45

Anna Katharina Engel - Is there a causal relation between individual stress reactivity, postweaning stress and the development of stereotypies in mice?


11:45 – 13:45

Lunch and General Assembly of the GGL

Section 1 “Nutrition and Metabolism”                               Chair: Hector Cabrera Fuentes

13:45 –14:30 

Prof. Keith Frayn; Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Oxford, UK - Regulation of fat deposition and mobilization in human adipose tissue

14:30 – 14:45

Balaji Samikannu - Effect of Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 inhibition on the mechanism of β-cell proliferation

14:45 - 15:00 

Neelam Lingwal - Pancreatic beta cells secreting matrix metalloproteinases. Role of extracellular matrix turnover after transplantation

15:00 –17:15 

Poster session with tea and coffee


Section 2 „Infection and Immunity“                                Chair: Verena Peuser

17:15 – 18:00

Prof. Jose Vazquez-Boland; Institute of Immunology & Infection Research, University of Edinburgh, UK - Rhodococcus equi: genomics, pathogenesis, epidemiology, evolution

18:00 – 18:15

Joanna Wilczynska - Acetylcholine contributes to chronic vasculopathy in rat renal allografts

18:15 – 18:30

Vijith Vijayan - Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) mediates Lipopolysaccharide-dependent Heme Oxygenase-1 gene activation via the Nrf2 signaling pathway in macrophages

18:30 – 18:45 Maria Loose - Endoplasmic reticulum stress induction by Streptococcus pneumoniae

18:45 – 19:15

Closing remarks and Award Ceremony