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MGK – Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG)

IRTG Committee:
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christian Behl Institut für Pathobiochemie Universitätsmedizin der JGU Mainz
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Volker Dötsch Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie (IBPC) GU Frankfurt
Dr. rer. nat Anja Bremm Institut für Biochemie 2 (IBC2) GU Frankfurt

We aim to ensure a comprehensive, high-level education of PhD students and postdocs and provide a platform encouraging new ideas, concepts, and collaborations. The curriculum includes several modules:
IRTG lectures: Two Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Biochemistry and Technology, both designed along the key research issues of SFB 1177 and held by the project leaders.
Lab Rotations to deliver hands-on training and experience in a wide range of technologies.
SFB 1177 seminars: The Autophagy Club lecture series (with internationally renown guest speakers).
Complementary Academic Training covering transferable skills.

The curriculum is complemented by an annual retreat and continuous career mentoring. The IRTG is well embedded in the already existing efforts at Frankfurt and Mainz universities for structured PhD education: Courses from Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE) and the General Postgraduate Program (GPP) are implemented in the IRTG schedule.

For the initial financing of new projects within the autophagy field, the SFB awards six-month fellowships to qualified candidates throughout the year. Group leaders should direct their applications to the coordinator of the SFB 1177.





07 Jul 2021
2.00 pm
IRTG Lecture Andreas Kern: Autophagy and lipid availability Virtual lecture
02 Jun 2021
3.00 pm
IRTG Lecture Claudine Kraft: Spatiotemporal control of autophagosome formation Virtual lecture
08 Mar 2021 -
10 Mar 2021

Retreat IRTG Retreat, including trainings on "Conflict Management" and "Time- & Self Management" Virtual event
10 Feb 2021
2.30 pm
IRTG Lecture Mike Heilemann: Imaging protein assemblies with molecular resolution using super-resolution light microscopy Virtual lecture
20 Jan 2021
2.45 pm
IRTG Lecture Stefan Eimer: Is mitophagy the key to understand the molecular mechanisms leading to Parkinson's disease? Virtual lecture
18 Nov 2020
2 pm
IRTG Lecture Frank Schnütgen: The lentiviral life cycle, technical, practical and safety aspects Virtual lecture
28 Oct 2020
4 pm
IRTG Lecture Volker Dötsch: Biophysical Methods for studying autophagy Virtual lecture
16 Sep 2020
3 pm
IRTG Lecture Anja Bremm: The deubiquitylase USP11 regulates PI3KC3 complex I and restricts autophagy flux Virtual lecture
19 Aug 2020
3 pm
IRTG Lecture Christian Behl: BAG3-mediated selective macroautophagy in disease and adaptation Virtual lecture
14 Oct 2019 -
16 Oct 2019

Retreat IRTG Retreat, including trainings on "Negotiation" and "Self-presentation, small talk & networking" Marienburg, Zell
14 Aug 2019
IRTG lecture Petra Beli: DNA damage response in human cells IMB Mainz, Seminar room 2nd floor
27 Jun 2019
IRTG lecture Stefan Müller: Good Scientific Practice UKF
05 Mar 2018 -
07 Mar 2018

Retreat IRTG Retreat and Presentation Skills Training Burg Ebernburg, Bad Kreuznach
11 Oct 2017
IRTG lecture Theo Rhein, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich: The stress protein FKBP51 links to a novel druggable route to autophagy

Donat Kögel: Molecular targeting of autophagy in glioblastoma

University Hospital Frankfurt, building 22, seminar room 1
23 May 2017
IRTG lecture Volker Dötsch IBC2, University Hospital Frankfurt, Bldg. 75 ground floor, seminar room
25 Apr 2017
IRTG lecture Christian Behrends University Hospital Frankfurt, building 22, lecture hall 2
20 Feb 2017 -
22 Feb 2017

Retreat IRTG Retreat and Seminar „Communication and negotiation" Kloster Höchst, Höchst im Odenwald
16 Feb 2017
IRTG lecture Soraya Hölper: Quantitative autophagy proteomics platform Goethe University, Campus Westend
07 Feb 2017
9:00h - 17:00h
Workshop Mehr Infos:

Karrierenetzwerke in den Naturwissenschaften und der Medizin

Goethe University, Campus Westend
15 Nov 2016
9:00h - 17:00h
Workshop Workshop:

Advanced Biotechnologies, 
Malvern Instruments GmbH

Goethe University, Campus Riedberg, Biocenter N210 / 3.03 and MPI for Biophysics
11 Nov 2016
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Career support for early career researchers

University Hospital Frankfurt, Building 23, seminar room 06 (basement)
10 Nov 2016
IRTG lecture Andreas Ernst: Protein Engineering University Hospital Frankfurt Lecture Hall Bldg. 22, Hall 2
04 Nov 2016
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Career support for early career researchers

Goethe University Frankfurt, Campus Riedberg, Otto-Stern-Zentrum, room S1
19 Oct 2016
IRTG lecture Christian Behl: Selective macroautophagy and BAG proteins University Hospital Frankfurt Lecture Hall Bldg. 22, Hall 2
01 Aug 2016 -
05 Aug 2016

Workshop SFB 1177 Practical course on Autophagy University Hospital Frankfurt Bldg. 75, ground floor
04 Jul 2016 -
07 Jul 2016

Conference Frankfurt Conference on Ubiquitin and Autophagy University Hospital Frankfurt, Bldg. 75 Georg Speyer Haus Institut für Molekulare Biologie Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz The Max Planck Institute of Biophysics Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg