Scientific training courses

The core research groups of the iGRAD-Plant program offer practical workshops in all methods and topics of advanced plant biology. During their study the students will be trained in these areas qualifying them to select, apply, and adapt new methods to solve their scientific questions. A particular strength of the iGRAD-Plant program is its strong emphasis on the quantitative aspects of biology, including bioinformatics and computational biology, and biostatistics. Part of the study program will be taken at HHU, whereas other parts can be integrated in the research stay at MSU.

The following training courses are offered by the iGRAD-Plant program:

Courses in "Quantitative Biology" at HHU or MSU:

  • PC based analysis and presentation of biological data (HHU)
  • Statistical computing for biology: Introduction into PERL and R (HHU)
  • Introduction of Bioinformatics (MSU)
  • Statistical Problems (MSU)

Workshops in "Advanced methods of plant biology" such as:

  • Advanced Microscopy
  • Studying protein-protein interaction via FRET
  • Non-destructive phenotyping
  • Biochemical analysis of membrane protein complexes by native gel electrophoresis and epitope tagging
  • RNA-Seq in bio-medical research
  • Wheat germ cell-free protein expression systems for protein production
  • Statistical analysis of experimental data

Workshops in "Advanced methods of plant biology" can also be taken externally. The guidance committee will assist the student with selecting the class work. The guidance committee will also decide if the student will have to take language classes to prepare for the stay abroad.

iGRAD-Plant Coordinator

Dr. Petra Fackendahl

Institute of Plant Biochemistry
Universitätsstr. 1
Building: 26.13.
Floor/Room: U1.78
40225 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 211 81-10588
Responsible for the content: E-MailDr. Petra Fackendahl