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TuePhD Retreat 2019

The Tübingen International PhD Program & the International Max Planck Research School proudly announce the TuePhD Retreat!


___ Date and Location ___

This year's retreat will take place from the 13th to 15th of June, 2019 in the beautiful village of Untermachtal in a scenic countryside location. We will spend three days at the Kloster Untermachtal.

___ Registration ___

Registration now open! Click in the link below to register:
___ Social Activities ___
You will have to decide between the two Saturday's activities, all for free!
Here is an overview:
Option 1) City tour of Ulm and Ulmer Münster (in English)
Option 2) Eiszeitpfad (Hike) including visit to Sontheimer caves

___ Keynote speakers ___

          Macromolecular machines in bacteria.
          ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
Martin Pilhofer was born in Amberg, Germany. He studied Biology (Microbiology/Biochemistry/Genetics) at the University of Bayreuth and the Technical University Munich. After completing his PhD thesis with Karl-Heinz Schleifer at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and postdoctoral training with Grant Jensen at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), he joined ETH Zürich as an Assistant Professor in February 2014. The Pilhofer Lab studies macromolecular machines mediating bacterial cell-cell interactions by applying the key-technique electron cryotomography in an interdisciplinary approach. Among a number of research and equipment grants, Martin was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council. Since 2019, Martin is a EMBO Young Investigator.

            Evolutionary biology and ecology.
            Lund University, Sweden.
Tobias Uller is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Lund University, Sweden. He received his PhD from the University of Gothenburg in 2004. Following three years of postdoctoral research in Australia, he moved to the University of Oxford, first as a Departmental Lecturer and later as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He remained in Oxford until 2015, when he moved permanently to Lund as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow. His research spans across a range of topics, but is often designed to reveal if the function of organisms – their development, physiology, and behaviour – affects their evolution.


            Research Fellow in Chemical Ecology  
            Structure and mechanistic activity of enzymes and their inhibitors
            Cardiff University, UK           
Yi comes from Harbin, China. She received her BSc in Chemistry in 2005 and MSc in Organic Chemistry in 2008, both degrees in the Department of Chemistry, Xiamen University, one of the top Chemistry Schools in PR China. In 2008, she was awarded a prestigious British Council Overseas Research Studentship for PhD research at University of Sheffield in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with Professors Jon Waltho and Mike Blackburn. During her PhD, she explored the use of metal fluoride complexes as mimics of phosphoryl group transfer for several key enzymes in cellular signal transduction by heteronuclear NMR. After her PhD in 2012, she continued as a postdoctoral researcher in the same group, using multi-dimensional NMR to explore strain catalysis in the excision of uracil from DNA by UNG, a vital DNA repair enzyme. Through working on enzyme reaction mechanisms, she realised the symbiotic strength of integrating techniques from chemistry, biological NMR, protein expression and purification, and crystallography for research in chemical biology.  She moved to the York Structural Biology Laboratory in 2012, joining Professor Gideon Davies FRS FMedSci for her second postdoctoral appointment. She there added protein crystallography to her chemical biology skill repertoire to examine disease-relevant carbohydrate-processing enzymes. In May 2017, she was appointed a University Research Fellow in Cardiff University, UK, and launched her own research group as a Group Leader. Within a year of becoming a Principal Investigator, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Seed Award to study enzymes that regulate Alarmone messenger signalling in bacterial persistence development, a Royal Society Research Grant to build a protein crystallography laboratory, and an Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award to study key protein-protein interactions regulated by small natural molecules involved in sepsis. Her interdisciplinary research now addresses key challenges in bacterial persistence, antibiotic resistance, sepsis, and human-gut relationships. It uses techniques in organic and chemoenzymatic synthesis, computational, and structural and chemical biology. Yi Jin strongly supports the Promotion of Women in Science, employs women postdoctoral colleagues, organises school workshops in Cardiff University, and delivers external public presentations in science events.

             Junior Group Leader 
             Host-microbiome systems in cardio metabolic disease.
             Experimental and Clinical Research Center (MDC & Charité joint center),  Berlin, Germany
Sofia K. Forslund is a computational biologist with a special interest in host-microbiome systems medical analysis of -omics data. To this end her work falls within three main areas: i) Development, benchmarking and deployment of bioinformatics tools, including use of evolutionary bioinformatics for gene annotation, metagenome analysis tools, and frameworks for data integration, statistical analysis and confounder testing. ii) Metapathogenomics, use of -omics technology, to trace virulence capacity and antibiotic resistance within genomes and metagenomes, evolutionarily, within populations, and within individuals. iii) Host-microbiome system medicine of cardiovascular, metabolic and inflammatory disease, especially finding microbial mediators of treatment efficacy, deconfounding disease biomarker searches for drug effects, and inferring microbiome involvement in health-promoting lifestyle change. SF trained as a bioinformatician and molecular biotechnology engineer at Uppsala University, did her PhD in bioinformatics at Stockholm University, and then a post-doc at the EMBL in Heidelberg. Her lab since 2018 is based at the Experimental and Clinical Research Centre (ECRC), a joint collaboration between the Max Delbrück Centre and the Charité University Hospital in Berlin where she is a Junior Group Leader. She also has an interest in equality, inclusivity and diversity issues in STEM, and tweets as @inanna_nalytica and @forslund_lab. 

___ Organizing Committee ___

PhD Students
International Program:
  • Alba González Hernando
  • Devansh Raj Sharma
  • Joe Joiner
  • Maria Logotheti
  • Thanvi Srikant
IMPRS Program:
  • Alejandra Duque 
  • Amit Landge
  • Minakshi Singh

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___ Group Picture - TuePhD Retreat (2018) ___