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NextGen@Helmholtz 2017 in Kiel - register now

27. April 2017

Explore the Helmholtz feeling! - Be part of the second German-wide conference of Helmholtz doctoral researchers!read more

Responsible Research 2017

21. April 2017

July 20, 2017: Keynote Lectures by Prof. Dr. Joachim Heberle, DFG Ombudsgremium für die Wissenschaft / FU Berlin; Prof. Dr. Marcus Munafò, University of Bristol; Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff, HTW Berlin. Avoiding Plagiarism, Animal Research, Clinical Trials, Experimental Design and Statistics, Image Analysis, Open Science.read more

ScieCon Munich 2017

13. April 2017

The Biotechnological Student Initiative btS e.V. would like to kindly invite you to CAREERS FAIR ScieCon Munich 2017 on the 20th of April 2017, 10 am to 5 pm, in the lecture hall foyer of the Klinikum Großhadern, Marchioninistraße 15, 81377 Münchenread more

HELENA Info Session with Beer and Pretzels

11. April 2017

Dear Graduate Students,We have a winner for the HELENA Easter Egg Hunt. The winner will be announced on 26th April at our “HELENA - Info Session”. Since we have several new processes in HELENA, we recommend every student to participate at this Info Session or at least one doctoral student per Institute/Research Unit. You will also have the opportunity to get an overview about the new highlights...read more

Easter Egg Hunt and HELENA - Info Session

07. April 2017

Dear Graduate Students,We’re excited to announce that our new HELENA website is now launched. Check out the HELENA website and look out for some Easter Eggs. We have hidden 11 eggs with alphabets. The first graduate student who will send the two words (screenshots of all the 11 easter eggs) we are looking for to the Graduate Student Office wins a Mathäser cinema voucher. The winner of the...read more

Graduate Students’ Award 2017

07. April 2017

Call of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) and the Association of Friends and Supporters of Helmholtz Zentrum München (VdFF)read more

Falling Walls Apply Now

06. April 2017


Molecular patterns of complex diseases

06. April 2017

The Helmholtz Zentrum München has published results of the largest genome-wide association study on proteomics to date. An international team of scientists reports 539 associations between protein levels and genetic variants in ‘Nature Communications’. These associations overlap with risk genes for 42 complex diseases.read more

How Fibrosis Drugs Work

collagen fibrils 20. March 2017

Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Lung Research, have discovered a new mechanism of action of two drugs used in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The paper was published in the ‘American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology’.read more

Cigarette smoke curbs lung's self-healing

02. March 2017

Smoke from cigarettes blocks self-healing processes in the lungs and consequently can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, partner in the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), and their international colleagues have reported this in the ‘American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine’.read more

Deep Learning predicts hematopoietic stem cell development

21. February 2017

Autonomous driving, automatic speech recognition, and the game Go: Deep Learning is generating more and more public awareness. Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and their partners at ETH Zurich and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now used it to determine the development of hematopoietic stem cells in advance. In ‘Nature Methods’ they describe how their software predicts...read more

2016 Graduate Students Award for Ilona Kammerl, CPC

10. January 2017

In honour of her scientific achievements, Dr. Ilona Kammerl, scientist at the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC), Helmholtz Zentrum München, received one of the three Graduate Students Awards.read more

Noemi Castelletti from ISS receives travel and poster award

27. December 2016

Noemi Castelletti, graduate student in the work group “Integrative modelling” (Institute of Radiation Protection, ISS), received a travel award for one of the 8 best abstracts and an honorable mention for the best poster at the “2016 Conference on Radiation and Health & Radiation Research Society”. The conference was held in Big Island, Hawaii (USA) on 15-20 October 2016. Castelletti is member of...read more

Travel grant for Verena Prade, PGSB

27. December 2016

Verena Prade, graduate student in the Plant Genome and Systems Biology (PGSB) Research Unit, has received a travel grant for the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference. With over 3,000 attendees, 150 workshops, 1,100 posters and 1,800 abstracts, it is the largest and most important genome-oriented biology conference in the plant sector. She will travel to San Diego, California in...read more

Graduate Students Award 2016: Matthias Arnold

22. December 2016

In honour of his scientific achievements, Dr. Matthias Arnold, scientist at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (IBIS), Helmholtz Zentrum München, has received one of the three Graduate Students Awards.read more

Graduate Students Award 2016: Michael Laxy

08. December 2016

In honour of his scientific achievements, Dr. Michael Laxy, scientist at the Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management (IGM), Helmholtz Zentrum München, received one of the three Graduate Students Awards. His analyses showed that disease management programmes for type 2 diabetes are associated with a high quality of care. At the same time, a high quality of care and good patient...read more

Award for Feiran Chen

05. December 2016

At the 13th International Conference on Phytotechnologies, that took place from 26 to 28 September 2016 (Hangzhou City, Zhejiang, China) a total of 3 lectures of young scientists were awarded, among them Feiran Chen. Her contribution "Uptake and Metabolism of the Sunscreen Agent oxybenzone in Cyperus alternifolius" authored by Feiran Chen, Christian Huber and Peter Schröder, was...read more

Stephan Herzig new HELENA spokesperson

01. December 2016

Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig has taken over his duties as the new spokesperson for the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) on 1 November 2016. He joins the ranks of previous spokespersons Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Mewes and Prof. Dr. Oliver Eickelberg. read more

Vanessa Welk honored with Best Poster Award

30. November 2016

Vanessa Welk, Member of the CPC Research School and graduate student in the research group “Proteasome Function in Chronic Lung Disease” (Meiners lab) at the iLBD/CPC, was honored with a best poster award for her abstract “Proteasome activator 200 (PA200) is dysregulated in fibrotic tissue remodeling” at the 3rd Proteostasis Action Meeting in Lisbon. The conference took place on November, 2-5,...read more

HELENA Graduate Students’ Day 2016

15. November 2016

On November 03, 2016, graduate students of Helmholtz Zentrum München met for the 9th HELENA Graduate Students’ Day. In addition to the annual graduate student prize, the day’s agenda included the election of new Graduate Student Representatives and a career lecture. In his welcome address, PD Dr. Christian Langebartels, research director at Helmholtz Zentrum München and outgoing director of the...read more

Molecular Life of Stem Cells 2016 Conference of RNA Club Munich

15. November 2016

September 29 – October 1, 2016 Ljubljana, Slovenia“I think the golden or even platinum age of both basic and applied research has begun. This is mainly due to plethora of recent transformative discoveries and technologies. These include advances in DNA sequencing, electron microscopy, gene-editing (correcting of genetic mutations) and the ability to convert regular cells to stem cells that...read more

Diabetes Type 1: How Does Friendly Fire Happen in the Pancreas?

25. October 2016

In type 1 diabetes, the body attacks its own insulin-producing cells. Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research, and their colleagues at Technical University of Munich have now reported in the journal ‘PNAS’ about a mechanism used by the immune system to prepare for this attack. They were able to inhibit this process through targeted intervention...read more

Invitation to the 9th Graduate Students’ Day on November 3, 2016

11. October 2016

Dear Graduate Students,Every autumn, we want to take the time to look back and celebrate another successful year of HELENA and its graduate students. In this year we are pleased to have Prof. Dr. Matthias von Herrath as speaker for the annual career talk. In his talk he will give you insights into his personal career and career decisions and will compare career options in industry and...read more

EBV-derived microRNAs silence immune alarm signals

06. October 2016

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) prevents infected cells from being attacked by the immune system. The virus drives production of small molecules, so-called microRNAs, that suppress alarm signals sent out by the infected cell. Scientists including HELENA graduate students have elucidated this previously unknown mechanism.The EBV virus, first described by the English virologists Michael Epstein and...read more

Helmholtz Juniors Midterm Meeting

07. September 2016

On 13th and 14th of July the Helmholtz Juniors (HeJus) held their Midterm Meeting at the Headquarters of the Helmholtz Association in Berlin. The Helmholtz Juniors consist of two doctoral student representatives of all 18 Helmholtz Centers in the association. Since their foundation in 2005 they provide opportunities for networking and exchange between doctoral students at the different Helmholtz...read more

Microbiome Retreat

07. September 2016

The three groups of EGEN, working on the plant, the soil and the human microbiome gathered for a retreat at the Bildungshaus in Scheyern from the 22nd to the 23rd of June. The aim was to allow room for sharing knowledge and experience within the groups, but also to broaden the horizon by inviting scientists from other facilities.read more

Deadline Extended until Sept 11: The Graduate Students’ Award...

01. August 2016

The Graduate Students’ Award has been launched in recognition of graduate students’ outstanding scientific achievements and exceptional commitment in Environmental Health, at or in collaboration with Helmholtz Zentrum München. The Graduate Students’ Award is being organized by the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) together with the Association of the Friends and...read more

New Representatives of the DINI Welcome Team

27. June 2016

The doctoral students’ initiative at Helmholtz Zentrum München (DINI) together with the support of the Graduate Students Office is happy to announce Tamara Durovic (ISF) and Dennis Rußkamp (IAF) as new representatives of the DINI Welcome Team. read more

March 12-16: 16th Spring School Bioinformatics Bertinoro, Italy

01. March 2016

The 16th edition of the Spring School of Bioinformatics will be held from March 12 until March 16, 2016. It is organized by the Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology of the Helmholtz Zentrum München (IBIS). The course is part of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) but open to other graduate students and post-graduates.read more

University of Cambridge by Michael Laxy, IGM

15. December 2015

A key element of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) is to promote the international network of graduate students. In internationally renowned research institutes doctoral students can work with and learn from leading senior scientists in their field of research. Michael Laxy, graduate student at the Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management, took this...read more

Down-Under by Bastian Knorr, IGÖ

24. September 2015

In my graduate student project I investigate the influence of immobile water regions on the fate of contaminants in groundwater. It is supervised by Prof. Maloszewski, head of the Hydrological Modelling group, and co-supervised by Dr. Stumpp, head of the Hydrogeology group, at the Institute of Groundwater Ecology. The outcomes of some of my laboratory column experiments were not what we...read more

Theresa Rock at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

27. July 2015

I am a graduate student in the Research Unit Analytical BioGeoChemistry (BGC) headed by Prof. Schmitt-Kopplin. One focus of the BGC is the isolation and characterization of new bioactive compounds from natural chemical libraries with particular emphasis on new antiviral compounds against HIV in collaboration with Prof. Brack-Werner at the Institute of Virology (VIRO). To achieve this aim, we...read more

Larissa Knüppel at Portland Shriners Research Center

25. June 2015

My graduate student project is based on the function of FK506 binding proteins (FKBPs), protein folding catalysts with chaperone and peptidyl prolyl isomerase function, in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Several months after I started my graduate student project, we established a collaboration with the Bächinger Lab at the Portland Shriners Research Center in Oregon - a lab, which is very...read more

Sabine Dvorski at IUPUI, USA

27. May 2015

My research is focused on the characterization of sulfur organic molecules (CHOS) in freshwater dissolved organic matter (DOM). During the first two years of doctorate I mainly analyzed DOM of various ecosystems with characteristic abiotic and biotic sulfur chemistry by means of ultra-high-resolution mass spectrometry (FTICR/MS). To get a better insight into the formation of CHOS compounds, we...read more

Susanne Vogt at University of Auckland, New Zealand

08. April 2015

My graduate project focuses on the interplay of vitamin D and body composition in middle aged and older adults. Although vitamin D and obesity are undoubtedly related, the underlying biological mechanisms as well as the cause-effect-direction of this relationship are still undetermined. The main part of my doctoral thesis is based on data from the Cooperative Health Research in the Region of...read more

Simone Rankl at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

18. March 2015

My doctoral thesis project aims to investigate early plant responses to N-Acyl-homoserine-lactones (AHLs), a class of bacteria-derived quorum sensing (QS) molecules and will attempt to decipher the first signaling responses of barley seedlings to QS molecules. In the summer of 2013, Professor Poschenrieder from the University of Barcelona (UAB) was invited to give a talk at our institute (AMP)....read more

Michael Discher at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità

19. February 2015

In my graduate thesis project I'm working on methods for retrospective dosimetry in the field of radiation protection. If there were to be a radiation incident, it might result in the exposure of people. In general, the population does not wear dedicated personal dosimeters, and other methods have to be used to perform dose estimations. One possibility is to use personal items of daily life as...read more

Michaela Huber at the University of Toronto

15. January 2015

As a part of my doctoral thesis, I am using stable RNA interference in breast cancer cells. We are interested in the effects of specifically knocked down target proteins on the intracellular signaling cascade. For that, I wanted to perform comparative proteome analysis of untreated and depleted cells with mass spectrometry. A member of my thesis committee Prof. Dr. Schmitt, closely cooperates...read more

Michaela Helmbrecht visited Cambridge

19. July 2014

A key element of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) is to promote the international network of graduate students. In other labs graduate students can learn new techniques essential for their doctoral work, gain new insights into research areas and exchange ideas with international colleagues. Michaela Helmbrecht, graduate student in the working group Neuronal Circuits in...read more