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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.


Travel Grant Recipients


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.

Travel Grant Recipients of 2019

NameHost LabDissertation Topic

Simon Becher

Section 8 - Chemical Design and Analysis of Molecular Systems

FELIX Laboratory, Nijmegen, Netherlands Structural investigations of biomolecules using an optimized MS ultraviolet Photodissoziation setup

Vannuruswamy Garikapati

Section 1 - Nutrition and Metabolism

School of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry
Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Mass spectrometry imgaing for the study of lipid metabolism connected to the peroxisome/PPAR system

Wiebke Hansen

Section 9 - Ecology and Global Change

Department of Evironmental and Life Sciences, Karlstad, Sweden Conservation and restoration of the biodiversity of mountain meadows in the Rhön Biosphere Reserve - Management of the invasive perennial Lupinus polyphyllus in a complex system of protected areas

Florian Ulrich Jehn

Section 9 - Ecology and Global Change

Research Group of Professor Dr. Jan Seibert, Hydrology and Climate, Zürich, Switzerland

Automated construction of hydrological models by evolutionary algorithms

Anton George Müller

Section 2 - Infection and Immunity

Kanost Lab, Dept. of Biochem. & Molecular Biophysics, Manhattan, USA Functional Role of Duox in Manduca sexta Gut Immunity

Michael Thomas Waletzko

Section 8 - Chemical Design and Analysis of Molecular Systems

Analytical Chemistry, Uppsala, Sweden Development and application of nanospray desorption electrospray ionization for the examination of biomolecules

Björn Weeser

Section 9 - Ecology and Global Change

Water and Global Change Observatory (OACG), San José, Costa Rica Climate and land use change impacts on hydrological fluxes and soil erosion in tropical mountainous rainforests of Eastern Africa




Travel Grant Recipients of 2018

NameHost LabDissertation Topic

Andre Heinrich

Section 8 - Chemical Design and Analysis of Molecular Systems

Weill Cornell Medicine, Laboratory of Urological Oncology, New York, USA Contributions to toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics of antiparasitics in selected invertebrates using quantitative analysis and imaging mass spectroscopy

Stephan Leisengang

Section 5 - Neurosciences

Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, Glasgow, UK

Effects of inflammatory stimulation on primary cell cultures of structures involved in thermoregulation and pain manifestation

Fabian Pflieger

Section 5 - Neurosciences

INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) laboratoire, Bordeaux, France Multimodal analyses of brain phospholipid species, their metabolites and relevant enzymes during systemic inflammation

Divya Rawat

Section 1 - Nutrition and Metabolism

Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Studies on Instant Platelet-mediated reaction in pancreatic islet transplantation

Julián José Rodríguez Montesinos

Section 3 - Heart, Lung and Blood Vessels

Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore Die Rolle von Zytokinen und Immunzellen bei kardialen Ischämie/Reperfusion unter Beteiligung von extrazellulärer RNA

Arthur Francis Sands

Section 9 - Ecology and Global Change

Scientific and Technology Research and Application Center, Burdur, Turkey The role of the satellite region Anatolia in the evolution of Pontocaspian molluscs over the past 3 Ma, through the phylogenetics of aquatic gastropods. With added focus on taxonomy and conservation thereof.

Meysam Taghinasab

Section 7 - Bioresources, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology

Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida, USA Analysis of bacteria and fungi in the rhizosphere of grasses

Chen-Yon Tobias Tschang

Section 2 - Infection and Immunity

Biological Nanoscale Reactive Flow Laboratory, Sendai, Japan Characterization of a new Plasma source and Application in Bacteria Sterilization




Travel Grant Recipients of 2017

NameHost LabDissertation Topic

Ebrahim Azadniya

Section 8 - Chemical Design and Analysis of Molecular Systems

Italian Institute of Technology , Drug Discovery and Development Unit, Genova, Italy Development of HPTLC-NMR in the analytical scale for employment in the field of effect-directed
analysis in herbal extracts

Matteo Lattuada

Section 9 - Ecology and Global Change

Malacology of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia

Modelling and predicting Pontocaspian biodiversity change and crisis

Lena Lottig

Section 5 - Neurosciences

Institut de Neurociències
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Functional role of nicotinic receptors in colonic epithelium

Franziska Wagner

Section 4 - Protein and Nucleic Acid Interactions

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour Radboud, University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Gene expression studies on organotypic cultures of adult mouse retina: a model system for gene therapeutic approaches.




Travel Grant Recipients of 2014

Name  Host Lab Dissertation Topic
Andreas Stahl

University of Sydney, Australia


Breeding of oilseed rape (Brassica napus) for enhanced nitrogen uptake and utilization efficiency
Carmen Rinke Royal Veterinary College, London, UK Investigation of the impact of osteogenic differentiation on the metabolism of bone derived and adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells
Miguel Rojas University of Tartu, Estonia Deciphering the molecular basis of the specificity of protein-carbohydrate interactions by statistical analyses of 3D structural data from the Protein Data Bank (PDB)
Tamer Ali University of Seattle, USA Covalent Attachment of Tags to Capture Histone and Identify Turnover (CATCH-IT)
Zhigang Lu Sanger Institute, Cambrige, Großbritannien Transcriptome analyses of testes and ovaries from Schistosoma mansoni

Travel Grant Recipients of 2013


Name Host Lab Dissertation Topic
Stefanie Buxa Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DISA)
Udine, Italy
Pathogen-associated molecular pattern-triggered remote control of sieve element protein-signalling and sieve-tube occlusion.
Viktoria Dotz Inst för Klinisk vetenskap, pediatrik
Umea universitet
Umea, Sweden
Metabolic aspects of human milk oligosaccharides 
Wei Fan Laboratory of Signal Transduction
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Role of peroxisomes in bone remodelling and the pathogenesis of osteoporosis 
Parameswari Govindarajan Department of Experimental Therapeutics
Houston, TX, USA
A detailed study of the implications of the diet, steroid and estrogenic cessation in osteoporotic disease status of small and large animal model 
Linlin Hou Department of Chemistry, School of Science,
The University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
Structural and functional analysis of the interaction of specific protein and protein domains with the core of the RNA exosome in the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus 
Amit Joshi University of Caen
Caen Cedex- FRANCE
The pathophysiological significance of Factor Seven (FVII) activating protease (FSAP) in stroke 
Amit Joshi Universität Bern - University of Bern
Theodor Kocher Institute
Bern, Schweiz
The pathophysiological significance of Factor Seven (FVII) activating protease (FSAP) in stroke 
Naga Deepa Kandula Diabetes and Islet Biology Laboratory
Faculty of Medicine, The University of Sydney
Camperdown, Australia
Epigenetic mechanisms involved in the conversion of human PANC-1 ductal cell line into insulin-secreting cells.
Vivien Kauschke Convenor Centre for Neuroscience
Anatomy & Histology/School of Medicine
Flinders University
Bedford Park, South Australia
“Influence of aetiology adapted bone substitutes on the regulation of bone remodeling in systemically
diseased bone.”
Peter Krause Genomics and Bioinformatics Unit
Temuco Chile
RNAi-induced insect resistance in rapeseed
Tamara Munoz-Caro Campus Isla Teja
Valdivia, Chile
“Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs) as innate effector mechanism against Eimeria bovis”
(and other apicomplexan parasites)
Edmilson Oliveira de Filho Central Veterinary Institute,
Wageningen University and Research Centre,
Department of Virology,
Lelystad, The Netherlands
Molecular studies on Hepatitis E virus (HEV) 
Gani Oruqaj Children Hospital Los Angeles,
University of Southern California
Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and lipid metabolism in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - role of peroxisomes in the pathogenesis of this devastating disease 
Subhash Pai Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Ithaca, New York, USA
Investigation of the role of CRT1 gene family in plant defense mechanisms 
Ranjithkumar Rajendran Center for Neurologic Diseases
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA, USA
Evaluation of the Fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE) and its role in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Jenny Schneiders Neuroimmunology Laboratory
Douglas Mental Health University Institute
McGill University Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The role of chemokines and immune cells for communication pathways to the brain during systemic inflammation 
Marzieh  Shafiee-Hajiabad Institut für Botanik und Pharmakognosie
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
Wien, Austria
Environmental effects on morphological and phytochemical parameters of Origanum sp. 
Feng Zhang CSIRO Plant Industry
Canberra, Australia
Investigating roles of effectors in the interaction between Piriformospora indica and plants 

Travel Grant Recipients of 2012

Name Host Lab Dissertation Topic
Experimental Vascular Pathology
Department of Pathology
Maastricht University
Medical Centre,


Pathopyhsilogical significance of Factor Seven (FVII) activating protease (FSAP) in thrombosis and atherosclerosis

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Padova,

Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationship of Bis-3-Chloropiperidines as Bifuntional DAN Akylating Agents

Tao Zhang Microbiology and Immunology

Glutathionylation processes and their biological effects on selected proteins in plasmodium falciparum 

Sarah Jane Barnard Canada Research Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB,

The K-Ras-induced signal transduction in carcinoma cells of the lung and the pancreas and the influence of Galectin-8 on K-Ras-

Julia Kokesch-Himmelreich National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems
University of Washington
Seattle, WA, USA

Investigation of biological cells using Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS)

Fazal Adnan Priority Research Center in Chemical Biology
University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW, Australia

Regulatory Mechanisms involved in singlet oxygen stress response in Rhodobacter sphaeroides

Anja Schwiebs Clinical Institute of Medical and Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics
Medical University of Graz
Graz, Austria

Identification, characterisation and biological significance of metabolites of the B-type natriuretic peptide

Lisa Würner Institute of Medicine
Sahlgren's University Hospital
Göteborg, Sweden

Modification of neuronal excitability by mediators of inflammation

Kristina Maier Pathogenes Inc.
Reddick, FL, USA

Study on pathogenesis and therapy of Sarcocystis calchasi sp. nov. in the domestic pigeon (Columba livia f. domestica)

Melanie Jopp Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
University of Zurich
Zürich, Switzerland
Radiolabelling of Trilostane
Chamindri Witharana Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA, USA

Subcellular organization of the Sulfolobus solfataricus exosome

Hector Cabrera-Fuentes John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, HI, USA

Pathophysiological role of extracellular RNA in ischemia-reperfusion injury and new therapeutic modalities using RNase

Backialakshmi Dharmalingam Pain Research Institute
Institute of Translational Medicine
University of Liverpool
Clinical Sciences Building
University Hospital Aintree
Liverpool, Great Britain

In-Vitro effects of CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) serum-IgG on Neuronal and Cardiac cells using Cardiomyocytes Bioassay

Travel Grant Recipients of 2011

Name Host Lab Dissertation Topic
Janina Preuss Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, University of San Diego, USA High-throughput screening of inhibitors against human and Plasmodium falciparum glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase
Hector A. Cabrera Fuentes Center for Cardiovascular Research, University of Hawaii, USA
Pathophysiological role of extracellular RNA in ischemia-reperfusion injury and new therapeutic modalities using RNase
Esmaeil Kamal CHUM-Hospital Notre-Dame, University of
Montreal, Canada
Evaluation of the fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and its possible role in multiple sclerosis (MS)
Sandy König Neuroimmunology Lab, McGill Universtiy of
Montreal, Canada
Age-dependent effects of the PPAR agonist rosiglitazone on molecular mechanisms for the induction of inflammatory mediators and brain derived sickness responses in rats
Miguel Rojas Arrhenius Lab, University of
Stockholm, Sweden
Deciphering the molecular basis of the specificity of protein-carbohydrate interactions by statistical analyses of 3D structural data from the Protein Data Bank (PDB)
Jutta Schlegel Telethon Institute for Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM)
Napoli, Italy
Development and characterization of a humanized disease-model for X-linked RP in mice due to a point mutation in the RPGR-gene
Viola Spamer Department of Entomology, University of
Los Angeles, USA
Shifts in plant gene expression and corresponding phloemsap components during trilateral interaction of barley (Hordeum vulgare), aphid species Rhopalosiphum padi and the aphid- transmitted barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV)
Daniel Soetkamp National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Washington, USA
Characterization of the Import and Function of Connexin 43 (Cx43)in Mitochondria
Wei Fan National Institute of Environmental Health Science, North Carolina, USA Role of peroxisomes in bone remodelling and the pathogenesis of osteoporosis
Franziska Mohring Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College,
London, Great Britain
Characterization of antiparasitic peptides from insects
Yaser Dezhkam Department of Clinical Animal Science,
Oslo, Norway
Formation and transport of estrone sulfate in the porcine testicular-epididymal com-partment and its function as a precursor of bioactive estrogens
Edmilson Ferreira de Oliveira Filho Department of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, University of Liège, Belgium
Hepatitis E Virus: Detection and Molecular Characterization