PhD Association

PhD Association

Currently, about 150 graduate students – coming from all over the world – are working at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried. The PhD Association is a network of these PhDs and promotes the interests of all its students. It was founded in 2001 and organizes many activities throughout the year. The PhD association works closely together with the IMPRS and the PostDoc association.

To broaden our scientific horizon, we organize each year a Seminar Series to which we invite leading scientists from all over the world.

In order to prepare ourselves for our “life after the PhD”, either in- or outside of the scientific community, we also regularly invite companies and institutes from different working areas. As part of the Careers for PhDs we to tell us about their field of work and the opportunities for us.

To broaden our professional and social competence, we furthermore offer different Soft Skill Workshops. The MPIB provides us with an annual budget to invite coaches and organize trainings specifically to our needs

To facilitate interaction among the students of the different departments we organize a yearly PhD Retreat at the Ringberg Castle and quarterly Get Together Parties.

We are also part of the PhDnet, the PhD association for all PhD students within the Max Planck Society. Each year we elect an external PhD representative who attends the annual PhDnet General Meeting representing the MPIB and electing the PhDnet Steering Group.

Graduate Committee



External RepresentativeSofia Todesca3632
Internal RepresentativesMaximilian Garhammer2240
 Maria Wahle2534
Distinguished Lecture SeriesJohanna Brüggenthies2451
 Sven Klumpe2635
 Lukas Langer3631


Martina Peritore3048
Graduate RetreatSven Klumpe2635
Get TogethersMartina Peritore3048
Departmental Spokespeople 
BaumeisterChristos Papantoniou3445
BornerLisa Schweizer 
ContiJulian Brötzmann 
CoxPetra Gutenbrunner2098
DuderstadtBarbara Safaric3058
FässlerAndrea Seiwert2114
HartlMirkko Flecken3947
KrishnamoorthyAndrea Seiwert2114
MannLisa Schweizer 
MeissnerJonathan Swietlik2556
MüllerElena Karlukova3114
MurrayLeonie Zeitler2453
MutschlerEmilie Song3017
NedialkovaGeraldine Rodschinka3026
PfanderMartina Peritore3048
SchulmanSebastian Kostrhon2425
SchwilleAdrian Merino2372
ZachariaeOleksii Lyzak3122
Go to Editor View