General information


After a very successful first funding period (4/05-9/09) the Research Training Group (GRK 1104) “From Cells to Organs: Molecular Mechanisms of Organogenesis” is now in its second funding period by the German Research Foundation (DFG).



The research program addresses question related to patterning, cell specification, morphogenesis and cell differentiation in a spectrum of organs and tissues, including kidney, gonads, muscle, lymphoid organs and a number of neuronal tissues. The qualification program of GRK 1104 offers Ph.D. students a broad interdisciplinary training in up to date methods and concepts of modern biomedical research with a thematic focus on developmental biology, cell differentiation and organogenesis. In order to optimally prepare the students for a carrier in research, the qualification programs combine seminars, lectures and retreats with practical training modules.



The Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg has established itself as one of the leading German Universities in the fields of Biosciences and Medicine and has reached top positions in recent German and European rankings.



The Research Training Group 1104 is embedded into an excellent and highly active research environment and cooperates with two Finnish graduate schools, the Viikki Graduate School in Biosciences (VGSB), University of Helsinki, Finland, and the Biocenter Oulu Graduate School, University of Oulu, Finland since October 2007 as part of the Finnish German Doctoral Training Network (FinGerDevNet). This cooperation is jointly funded by the German Research Foundation and the Finish Academy of Science and allows students to participate in courses and to spend time in collaborating labs at the cooperating institutions.