Saarland University Faculty of Medicine
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Qualification period (May 2nd - July 15th, 2012)

Week

Lecture topic Practical courses / tutorials Supervisors

1

Arrival and Affiliation with the Graduate Program, Welcome Party Coordination Office

2

Cell biology I Electron- and fluorescence Microscopy

Becherer, Bruns,Hoth,Kästner,

Lipp, Schmitz

3

Cell biology II Total internal-reflection microscopy and confocal microscopy

Becherer, Hoth,Kästner,

Lipp,Phiipp, Schwarz,

4

Molecular and biochemical approaches inpharmacology PCR, cDNA cloning, RNA-interference Flockerzi,  Schlenstedt, Philipp,

5

Biochemistry Protein-Protein-interactions, protein expression strategies

Lancaster, Schlenstedt,

Zimmermann, 

6

Electrophysiology Electrophysiology, patch-Clamp technique, amperometry, membrane capacitance measurements Bruns, Cavalié, Niemeyer, Zufall,

7

Functional Proteomics Protein structure, measurements of Ca2+-protein interaction, protein purification procedures

Lancaster,

Zimmermann,

8

Calcium-Imaging Fluorescence indicators and detection techniques Bruns, Cavalié,  Rettig, Oberwinkler

9

Generation of transgenic mice Cell type-specific gene inactivation, `Knock-In` techniques Freichel, Flockerzi,  Philipp

10

E x a m i n a t i o n

 

 

Lab rotations are organized in a weekly rhythm. Each topic is accompanied by a lecture series (scheduled Monday 8:00-9:30 a.m. und 1:00-3:30 p.m.). Practical courses and tutorials are from Tuesday to Friday. Advanced PhD-students and post-docs will advise the newcomers, to provide maximal assistance. The qualification period is mandatory and is intended to provide students with a sound theoretical background. It ends in July with written and oral examinations (week 10). Participation in the training is certified. If the demand for financial aid is justified the program will support students during the training period with respect to costs for accommodation in a student dormitory, living (max. 400 €/month) and travel (max. 700 €). Successful candidates with excellent results during the training qualify for admission to a 2.5-year PhD-project in one of the participating research groups.