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The six key research areas represented in the PhD program are oncologyneuroscienceimmunology/infectionbiomedical imagingcardiovascular research, and molecular medicine. Students enrolled in the PhD program “Medical Life Science and Technology” have the opportunity to carry out their research project in one of the research groups affiliated with the faculty of medicine at TUM. Our faculty members are outstanding scientists and offer PhD projects - ranging from in vitro to in vivo, and to clinical research - in a stimulating research environment with cutting-edge technologies. The faculty members also provide the PhD students access to numerous excellent research consortia in the Munich area, which bring together a wide range of experimental expertise and know-how, to achieve a deeper understanding of complex biological processes, and of mechanisms of disease. The research consortia include the prestigious Collaborative Research Centres (SFB), funded by the German Research Foundation, and the Clusters of the Excellence Initiative as well as the German Centers of Health Research (DZG).

Collaborative Research Centres (SFB):

TRR-267: Diseases of the cardiovascular system are the main cause of death worldwide and there is high need for a better understanding of molecular disease mechanisms and improved therapy. Non-coding RNA molecules have come into focus of cardiovascular research, as they control key processes in the cardiovascular system and as successful manipulation in disease models in vivo underscores their therapeutic potential. More information here.

SFB 1335: Although immune cells are in principle capable of recognizing and destroying malignant cells, deviated immune signals can also directly promote initiation and development of cancer by creating tumor promoting inflammatory environments, and by suppressing natural antitumor immune responses. Furthermore, immune cells themselves can be targets of malignant transformation, and human lymphomas and leukemias are frequently driven by mutations influencing immune receptor signaling pathways. The CRC 1335 investigates how these aberrant immune signals drive and support cancer to ultimately pave the way for the development of novel strategies that target aberrant immune signals for cancer therapy. More information here.

SFB 824: The SFB 824 (Imaging for Selection, Monitoring and Individualization of Cancer Therapies) represents an interdisciplinary consortium which aims at the development of novel imaging technologies for the selection and monitoring of cancer therapy as important support for personalized medicine. More information here.

TRR-274: Injuries to the central nervous system (CNS) can have varying outcomes, from irreversible destruction to partial recovery of the affected tissue. The aim of our CRC is to determine immunological, glial and neuronal checkpoints, in order to understand what drives such a diverging response to CNS injury and determines the best possible recovery of the tissue. Utilizing different injury and disease models we will examine cellular and molecular interactions and changes that will determine the factors leading to CNS recovery and/or tissue damage, with the final goal to develop new treatment options. More information here.

SFB 1321

SFB 1371

German Centers of Health Research (DZG)German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), German Center for Lung Research (DZL)

Clusters of the Excellence InitiativeMunich Cluster for System Neurology (SyNergy), Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM)

The faculty members are listed here 

Vacant PhD positions for external candidates are currently available in the research groups listed below. Details on the research carried out in each group can be found here.
External candidates can give their preference also to groups not listed in the table. However, we cannot guarantee that groups other than those listed below will be able to accept external candidates. It is therefore advisable to contact the preferred research groups, prior to submitting the application.