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 Coordination Team 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 facilitate interaction among the students of the different departments we organize quarterly Get Togethers and many other social activities.

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

Our Graduate Commitee represents our PhD students at different levels:

  • The PhD Spokesperson of the IMPRS-ML represents all PhD students on the IMPRS-ML Board.
  • The MPIB PhD Representatives represent all PhD students within the MPIB and MPG-wide.
  • The PhD General Representatives are mainly responsible for organizing social and scientific events in close cooperation with the other representatives.
  • PhD Departmental Spokespeople are the local contacts within the different research groups at the MPIB.



PhD Spokesperson of IMPRS-ML Filiz Kuybu
MPIB PhD Representatives Alina Thielen (external/internal)
General PhD Representatives Alberto López-Francos López-Romero
Nikita Rifel
Department | Research Group Departmental Spokespeople
Baumeister Jonathan Schneider
Conti Julian Brötzmann
Cox Pely Kyriakidou
Duderstadt Anna Sappler
Fässler Andrea Seiwert
Hartl & Hayer-Hartl Maximilian Garhammer
Heuer-Jungemann Lea Wassermann
Müller Elena Karlukova
Murray Leonie Zeitler
Plitzko Sven Klumpe
Schulman Laura Hehl
Tachibana Nikita Rifel
Zachariae Magdalena Matijevic


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