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CSC-LSM doctoral projects

Please note:

  • Only Chinese candidates are eligible for the CSC scholarship.

  • You have to apply through our online application tool which is open until 31 October 2023, 12:00 noon CET!

  • For further information about the projects, feel free to contact the supervisor directly
  • The offered projects of this CSC application cover most areas of natural and life sciences from Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Plant Sciences and Pharmacology.
  • On the online application tool, two projects can be selected.
  • You are welcome to browse through our faculty members´research here
  • Only applications submitted through our online portal will be considered !
Research groups


Please access the projects´descriptions through clicking on the below highlighted group leaders´names ! 


 Prof. Dr. Claude Becker (Genetics): Project 1
Title: Induction of defence compounds in rice by fungal elicitors
Keywords: gene regulation; plant-plant interaction; elicitor
Subject areas: Plant Sciences, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology

Prof. Dr. Claude Becker (Genetics): Project 2
Title: Epigenomic associations with plant-microbe interactions
Keywords: epigenetics; epigenomics; DNA methylation; plant microbiome
Subject areas: Plant Sciences, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology


Prof. Dr. Hans-Henning Kunz (Botany, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology)
Title: Linking plastid ion transport and functionality
Keywords: Chloroplast, Photosynthesis, Protein Biochemistry, Genomics, Imaging
Subject areas: Botany, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology 


Prof. Dr. David Keays (Developmental Neurobiology): Project 1
Title: Modelling Human Neurodevelopmental Disease with Cerebral Organoids
Keywords: Organoids, Neurodevelopmental Disease, Microtubules
Subject areas: Neuroscience

Prof. Dr. David Keays (Developmental Neurobiology): Project 2
Title: The Role of the MAST Genes in Development and Disease
Keywords: Mouse Models, Neurodevelopmental Disease, Microtubules
Subject areas: Neuroscience


Prof. Dr. Dario Leister (Plant Molecular Biology): Project 1
Title: Enhancing photosynthesis by synthetic biology and adaptive laboratory evolution
Keywords: photosynthesis, synthetic biology, adaptive laboratory evolution
Subject areas: Genetics, evolutionary biology, microbiology

Prof. Dr. Dario Leister (Plant Molecular Biology): Project 2
Title: Regulators of chloroplast signalling
Keywords: chloroplast, plastid signal, GUN1, suppressor screen
Subject areas: Genetics, cell biology, physiology


Prof. Dr. Markus Meissner (Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Parasitology)
Title: The Function of the Gliding Initiation Complex in Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium falciparum
Keywords: Host Cell Invasion, Apicomplexan parasites, Malaria
Subject areas: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Parasitology


Prof. Dr. Richard Merrill (Evolutionary Biology)
Title: The genetics of sensory and behavioral adaptations in Heliconius butterflies
Keywords: Speciation, Heliconius, Mate choice, Behavior, Sensory ecology
Subject areas: Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Behavior


Dr. Dejana Mokranjac (Cell Biology, Biochemistry)
Title: Understanding the unique features of the mtHsp70 system that underlie
mitochondrial proteostasis
Keywords: mitochondria, proteostasis, Hsp70, chaperone, protein import, protein folding
Subject areas: Cell Biology, Biochemistry

 Prof. Dr. Christof Osman (Cell Biology, Molecular Biology)
Title: Quality control of the mitochondrial genome
Keywords: mitochondria, mtDNA, fluorescence microscopy
Subject areas: Molecular biology, Cell biology and Genetics

 Prof. Dr. Martin Parniske (Plant Genetics): Project 1
Title: Spatio-temporal dynamics in the composition and function of the CCaMK/CYCLOPS complex, the master regulator of plant root symbioses
Keywords: transcription factors, plant-microbe interactions, signal transduction, legume-rhizobium symbiosis, arbuscular mycorrhiza, confocal laser scanning microscopy
Subject areas: Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Plant Sciences, Biochemistry

Prof. Dr. Martin Parniske (Plant Genetics): Project 2
Title: The impact of plant antibiotic metabolites and bacterial multidrug resistance genes on the root microbiota composition
Keywords: plant-microbe interactions, bacterial multidrug resistance, plant secondary metabolites, legume-rhizobium symbiosis
Subject areas: Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics

Dr. Arne Weiberg (Genetics of Plant-Pathogen Interaction)
Title: Pathogen extracellular vesicles in RNA effector delivery
Keywords: RNA biology, plant-microbe interaction, extracellular vesicles
Subject areas: Botany, Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Crop Science, Plant Protection, Mycology