ELBE Funding

The Center, in cooperation with the International Max Planck Research School of Cell, Developmental and Systems Biology (IMPRS-CellDevoSys), offers “ELBE PhD Project Funding”. Principal Investigators (PIs) can apply on a competitive basis for collaborative and interdisciplinary PhD thesis projects that fit the mission of the CSDB “Where computer science and physics meet biology”. Each PhD thesis project is supervised by two PIs who jointly propose the project in order to apply for an ELBE PhD project funding. One proposer must be a member of the CSBD, one must be a member of the IMPRS-CellDevoSys, and both proposers must be faculty of the IMPRS-CellDevoSys or the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB). (DIGS-BB). A selected proposal entitles the PIs to recruit a PhD student through the central selection procedure of the IMPRS-CellDevoSys within one year. A call for applications is send out once per year. PhD students working on ELBE PhD Projects are members of the IMPRS-CellDevoSys.

The purpose of the ELBE PhD funding program is to widen the scope of CSBD by enabling new collaborations, bringing new techniques and methods, opening new directions of research, and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. As such, the ELBE PhD projects are a targeted funding scheme and proposals are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • introduce new collaborations, techniques, methods, and directions of research in line with the mission of the CSBD
  • be interdisciplinary in the sense of involving two PIs from different disciplines (e.g., biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, engineering, etc.)
  • combining experimental and theoretical/computational approaches
  • have the potential of leading to contributions in both involved disciplines

Not considered are proposals that:

  • extend ongoing and established cooperative research,
  • describe PhD projects involving only experimental or only theoretical work,
  • do not contain a concise supervision concept, or
  • are submitted by proposers who do not fulfill the criteria as specified above.

For questions, please contact Dr. Birgit Knepper-Nicolai.

Current Projects

Approved Fall 2016

Primary proposerSecondary proposerProject
Christoph Zechner
(MPI-CBG / CSBD)
Dora Tang
(MPI-CBG)
Using bottom-up approaches to study gene expression variability in artificial cell communities

Approved Spring 2016

Primary proposerSecondary proposerProject
Suzanne Eaton
(MPI-CBG /BIOTEC)
Stephan Grill
(CSBD/BIOTEC)
Large-force genetically encoded viral inclusion forming magneti nanoparticles

Approved Fall 2015

Primary proposerSecondary proposerProject
Jan Brugues
(MPI-PKS/CBG, CSBD)
Jochen Guck
(BIOTEC)
Building an artificial, transcriptionally active nucleus to study the coupling between mechanics and gene expresseion

Approved Fall 2014

Primary proposerSecondary proposerProject
Jan Brugues
(MPI-PKS/CBG, CSBD)
Jan Huisken
(MPI-CBG, CSBD)
Size and orientation of mitotic spindles across developing zebrafish

 

Approved Spring 2014 

Primary proposerSecondary proposerProject
Frank Buchholz
(UCC, Medical Faculty, TU Dresden)
Michael Hiller
(MPI-PKS/CBG, CSBD)
Why can some ultraconserved elements be deleted without consequences?
Carsten Rother
(TU Dresden)
Pavel Tomancak
(MPI-CBG, CSBD)
Synthetic organisms meet machine learning

Approved Fall 2013

Primary proposerSecondary proposerProject
Michael Hiller
(MPI-PKS/CBG, CSBD)
Jochen Rink
(MPI-CBG)
Discriminative motif finding to reconstruct regulatory networks
Frank Jülicher
(MPI-PKS, CSBD)
Ivo Sbalzarini
(MPI-CBG, CSBD)
Mechano-chemical models of morphogenesis on the meso-scale
Caren Norden
(MPI-CBG)
Guillaume Salbreux
(MPI-PKS, CSBD)
Cytoskeletal forces driving interkinetic nuclear migration in pseudostratified neuroepithelia
Axel Voigt
(TUD)
Marino Zerial
(MPI-CBG, CSBD)
Fluid-structure interaction and non-Newtonian micro-flows in liver tissue