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Confocal microscopic image of the infection of a wheat plant: the fungus penetrates the stomata of the leaves and can spread between the plant cells.

Photo courtesy:
J. Haueisen, Stukenbrock lab

Two pipefish females of the species Syngnathus typhle.

Photo courtesy:
Olivia Roth

The fluorescent dye DAPI is commonly used to stain the DNA in the nuclei of Caenorhabditis elegans body cells, thus visualizing the nematode’s anatomy.

Photo courtesy:
Hinrich Schulenburg

Confocal laser scanning microscopy image of the fungal pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici (in green) during the infection of a wheat leaf. The hyphae of Z. tritici is visible in green.

Photo courtesy:
J. Haueisen, Stukenbrock lab

The brood pouch of a pregnant pipefish male (Syngnathus typhle) filled with embryos that are connected to a placenta-like structure.

Photo courtesy:
Olivia Roth

Pathogenic Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria marked by Red Fluorescent Protein have infected and overgrown the body of a Caenorhabditis elegans nematode.

Photo courtesy:
Andrei Papkou, Schulenburg lab

A wheat leaf infested with the fungus Zymoseptoria tritici shows the typical signs of so-called leaf drought, which can lead to drastic crop failures.

Photo courtesy:
J. Haueisen, Stukenbrock lab

Training

The overall aim of the qualification program for our doctoral candidates is to experience the particular value of a broad and explicitly interdisciplinary research program, which is required to develop innovative sustainable solutions towards currently pressing problems in medicine, wildlife conservation, and food production.

Rotations

The 2.5-months Rotation period takes place during the first year and  consists of short internships in other labs of the RTG. It aims at  ensuring that the doctoral candidates acquire a good understanding of  the breadth of research topics covered in the RTG and experience the  particular value of a broad interdisciplinary research approach.

TransEvo Core Seminar

The TransEvo Core Seminar is mandatory and takes place once per month.  It provides a forum for scientific discussions and a social get-together  of the doctoral candidates and postdocs. The seminar accommodates a  keynote lecture, a journal club, peer-mentoring activities, and is  complemented by a concluding social event.

Courses

The RTG TransEvo teaching program offers a comprehensive collection of  courses from which doctoral candidates can choose in consideration of  personal needs and interests. Two mandatory modules are critical for the  TransEvo research agenda:

  1. Foundations in Translational Evolutionary Research (Lectures and Seminar)
  2. Big Data: Data Structure, Analysis Strategies, and Good Scientific Practice (Lecture and Seminar)

More info on courses

Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)

The regular Thesis Advisory Committee meetings provide advice on required and useful courses

Annual RTG Retreat

The annual RTG retreat is a 2-3 days conference fostering academic exchange among young scientists, supporting the establishment of a scientific network and providing the possibility to present scientific results to fellow doctoral candidates as well as an international and diverse crowd of scientists.

Postdoctoral qualification program

In addition to the training of doctoral candidates, the RTG TransEvo offers a special qualification program for early-stage postdocs. 

The training program is based on four main options:

  1. Attendance of courses on research management skills.
  2. Supervision of the doctoral candidates, thus gaining first-hand insights into the supervision and guidance of doctoral candidates.
  3. Participation in the teaching program of the RTG.
  4. Mentoring from among the RTG PIs.