Upcoming Events, Lectures and Talks

The next Block Lecture of the International PhD Programme and the International Summer School will be from 14. - 25. August. The Introductory Lecture "Epigenetic mechanisms in evolution" (09:00 - 09:50) and the Special Lecture "HOT or NOT: The effect of target structure and temperature on small RNA pathways" (10:00 - 11:00) are scheduled for Wednesday, 23. August, 9:00 - 11:00. The lectures will be held by David Rosenkranz, whose lectures were among the best lectures of the Block Lecture Series 2016 according to the students evaluation... SO DON'T MISS IT! You can download the final version of the Block Lecture Schedule in the next days.
26. June 2017, 16:30 - 17:30. Eric C. Lai from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, will give a talk entitled "Endogenous roles of RNAi: tales of sex and blood". Venue: 2nd Floor Seminar Room, Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Johannes Gutenberg University Campus. All are welcome to attend.


Information for students

PDF files from lectures and talks can be downloaded below. Files are compressed and decompression requires a password since some documents may contain unpublished data or third party material. The files are for personal use only. You will get the password at the end of each lecture (or contact David Rosenkranz).

IPP-ISS Blocklecture summer 2015: Epigenetic mechanisms in Evolution
IPP-ISS Blocklecture winter 2015/16: piRNAs and Piwi proteins: function and evolution
Master Anthropology 2016: Lab course sRNA extraction/cloning/sequencing/analysis     sequence data
Master Anthropology lecture summer 2016: Epigenetic mechanisms in Evolution
IPP-ISS Blocklecture summer 2016 (1+2): Epigenetic mechanisms in Evolution / piRNAs and Piwi proteins
IPP-ISS Blocklecture winter 2016/17: piRNAs and Piwi proteins: function and evolution
Master Anthropology. Module 3 - Lab course summer 2017

Master students may also want to access our Extended Lab Protocols for the 'Master Anthropology' courses.




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Applications for a Bachelor-, Master- or PhD position are welcome!

Interested and motivated bachelor/master/PhD students are welcome to apply for a thesis position in our group. We currently offer a PhD project in the IPP summer call 2016. The candidates are expected to have a good biomolecular background. Beside the wet lab work the projects will imply bioinformatic analyses. Skills in a programming language such as Perl, Python or C/C++ are advantageous. At least we expect the candidates to aquire these skills in the course of their thesis.

The candidates will learn and apply a number of classical molecular lab techniques such as:
- DNA/RNA Extraction and Purification
- PCR and quantitative Real-Time PCR (qPCR)
- Agarose/Polyacrilamide Gelelectrophoresis
- Cell culture techniques incl. knock-down experiments
- Co-Immunoprecipitation (Co-IP)
- Western Blot
- NGS Library Preparation
- Molecular Cloning
- Sanger Sequencing

Many projects include the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data. The extent of data produced by these new sequencing techniques requires robust automated processing and analysis methods. Therefore the candidates have to apply bioinformatic tools that for the most part represent in-house Perl scripts that have been developed in our group. However, analyses will likely require the customization of existing, or the development of new Perl scripts. Large scale analysis can be performed on the institute's high performance linux server (64 cores, 260 GB RAM).



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