University of Würzburg Graduate Schools - Graduate School of Life Sciences

    2011 / No 02 GSLS summer newsletter

    The newly elected DSC
    Mario Zeller, Marie Vidal, Anne Dwertmann,
    Iris Gonzalez, Anja Troge


    Dear GSLS members and friends,

    The first half of 2011 was characterized by a number of significant incidents all over the world. +++ High youth unemployment provoked unexpected unrest in the Arab world. +++ Japan´s nuclear disaster after earthquakes and a tsunami entailed the nuclear power stations step-down in Germany. Japan´s need for international cooperation to reconstruct their research infrastructure will gain tremendeously in importance, and Germany´s new policy for novel energy sources will open up different research fields. +++ Germany experiences a new epidemiological situation with EHEC. The enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli bacteria of this deadliest outbreak was first spotted on cucumbers, then on lettice, on sprouts, in water, but it is obviously sprouts. +++ The German Defense Minister resigned in the wake of claims that he had plagiarized parts of his doctoral disseration. +++ However, he initiated the abandonment of conscription, and now the Bundeswehr is being converted into an exclusively professional army. +++ Last but not least some GSLS news in a nutshell. +++ In the above picture you see the newly elected Doctoral Students´ Council, congratulations! +++ The GSLS has renewed a number of forms e.g. for admission, thesis submission and report forms. Please exclusively use these new forms now. +++ And most important: the GSLS warmly invites you to the second GRADUATE SCHOOLS DAY on 21 July!

    With kind regards,
    Rose Liebert

    1. Featured Paper

    A new round for the featured paper contest has been opened: win a prize of 250 euros for a conference participation or external research stay. All GSLS doctoral researchers may send their publications dating from January 2011 onwards to gabriele.blum(at) and run for the next "Featured Paper". Closing date: 15 October 2011

    2. Doctoral Researchers´ Affairs
    • Meet the people of the Doctoral Students´Council (DSC)
    • Congratulations to the newly elected DSC!

    6th International Symposium

    • "It is our pleasure to announce the 6th International Symposium organized by the doctoral researchers of the Graduate School of Life Sciences taking place in the foyer of the Virchow Centre in October 19th and 20th. The attendance to the symposium is free and we again managed to invite famous speakers from all over the world. We will offer a poster session with great poster prices, a scientific essay writing contest, and for the first time a career session which will help you to plan your life after the PhD. Please visit our website for more information and registration."

    For your messages

    • Are you looking for new friends to play cards with? Do you want to share your research findings with somebody from another section? You may post any message here

    Drosophila fruit flies foretell Women's World Cup 2011

    • "After the death of Paul the Octopus we have established an oracle for the women's Football World Cup 2011 using Drosophila fruit flies, playing matches on a Buchner-ball. If you're interested you'll find it here" (in German)

    Greetings from…

    • ... Peking, China. These greetings are from a postdoc who now works at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Microbiology
    • ... India, New Delhi. This doctoral researcher´s research stay was supported by the Graduate Schools via the DAAD program "A New Passage To India"
    • All GSLS doctoral researchers and members who have spent some time either abroad or in the country for a reseach or working stay may poste their greetings here. Please contact the GSLS office


    • Doctoral researchers and postdocs report about their career opportunities here

    FAQ of the month 

    3. GSLS Newsdesk

    The GSLS welcomes new PIs!

    • Dröge-Laser, Wolfgang, Prof. Dr., section Integrative Biology
    • Lorenz, Kristina, Dr., section Biomedicine
    • Popov, Nikita, PhD, section Biomedicine
    • Ritter, Oliver, Prof. Dr., section Biomedicine
    • Walles, Heike, Prof. Dr., section Biomedicine

    GSLS elections of Vice Deans and Section Speakers

    • On 26 May 2011 the General Assembly of the GSLS (re-) elected the following members:
      • Vice deans: Heidrun Moll and Martin Lohse
      • Section Speakers Biomedicine: Martin Eilers, Heike Hermanns, Helga Stopper
      • Section Speakers Infection & Immunity: Thomas Hünig, Joachim Morschhäuser (for Gabriele Pradel)
      • Section Speakers Integrative Biology: Ute Hentschel-Humeida and Wolfgang Rössler (for Jürgen Tautz and Martin Müller)
      • Section Speakers Neuroscience: Michael Sendtner, Paul PauliEsther Asan
      • Section Speakers MD/PhD: Axel Rethwilm, Jörg Schultz

    Master life sciences

    • A Master program life sciences shall be established. This program, starting in fall of 2012, will open up a possibility to complete a Master Degree partially in parallel with the doctoral research project at the GSLS, thus saving one year from Bachelor to doctorate. 

    GSLS office news

    • Please note that you are to apply for an extension at your Supervisory Committee (see annual report form) if you need more than 3 years for your thesis. 
    • New forms on the GSLS homepage. The GSLS has renewed several forms e.g. for admission, thesis submission and report forms. Please exclusively use these new forms for general instructions and for the thesis submission.

    New student ID-cards


    • GSLS doctoral researcher Ina Hagedorn was awarded by the Hentschel-Stiftung for her excellent research in the field of stroke research. Read more (in German)
    • GSLS alumna Irina Pleines was awarded by the Medical Faculty for the best thesis of the year in the field of cardiovascular research. Read more (in German)

    Graduate Schools Day on Thursday 21 July 2011

    • All members are invited to the GRADUATE SCHOOLS DAY on 21 July. We will meet at the GSLS, Paradeplatz 4, 4th floor at 4:00 pm. The interdisciplinary talk this year is on "Cultural and Geographic backrounds: Thoughts about the Reception of Turkish Music in Europe 1500-1800." Afterwards we will again go on a boat tour from Würzburg towards Randersacker (6:00 to 9:00 pm), and everybody is also invited for dinner (sorry, but not for drinks) on the boat. On the boat is a special program for foreign doctoral researchers as well as for postdocs. Highlight, however, is the Graduation Ceremony.

    MENTORING life sciences for female doctoral researchers

    • The second round has started. Interested? Please contact the GSLS office. Read more

    Workshops for PIs and Team

    Transferable Skills Workshops

    • Information Technologies in Health Care and the Life Sciences on 19 July. - Did you know? India has become a great power in the field of information technology. Read more
    • The 2011 Transferable Skills Schedule 

    4. University News

    Scientific Findings


    • Preparing medical doctors for clinical research is the purpose of the new Else-Kröner-Fresenius Training Group at our University Clinics. GSLS members Jörg Wischhusen and Andreas Beilhack filed the application for this project and succeeded against the competiton of 54 other proposals. They will receive one million euros over the next three years to promote highly qualified medical doctors working on the regulation of the immune system. Read more (in German)
    • Researchers and clinicians from different specialist disciplines now cooperate at the recently opened Comprehensive Heart Failure Center (DZHI). It doesn´t only focus on training in patient-oriented research and planning and conduct of clinical studies but also on national and international research projects and cooperations . Read more (in German)

    Science and Teaching

    • More quality in teaching will be secured by the "Quality pact teaching" that was awarded to the University of Würzburg by the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, in German). President Professor Forchel is pleased. Read more (in German)

    Part-time Further Education

    • Since ten years the Julius-Maximilians-University has provided a part-time further education program (MBA) about management. Read more

    University Events

    5. Off Campus


    • "Mensch Microbe" continued: spread of rare Escherichia coli strain (EHEC) raises questions. Read more 
    • Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) assessed by the Robert Koch Institute



    • The "Klaus Tschira Stiftung" is a foundation that looks for talented young researchers who are both excellent in research and in clear writing. If you have finished with your dissertation in 2011 or latest by 29 Febraury 2012 apply now. Read more (in German)

    Max Planck Society

    • In Japan a joint Research Center for Systems Chemical Biology will be established. Read more (in German)

    DFG (German Research Foundation)

    • Biomaterial Banks: this indispensable resource for biomedical research is to get clear strategies, however, no "research biobank act" should be introduced according to the DFG senate commissions. Read more
    • Research Explorer: Here, you will find information on more than 19,000 institutes at German universities and non-university research institutions.


    BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

    News from ...

    • ... South Sudan.The world´s newest state
    • ... the Arab world. Uprising in the Near / Middle East and North Africa
    • ... Japan. Demonstrators protest against the country's reliance on nuclear power
    • ... Pakistan. The CIA worries that Pakistan will restrict drone strikes against militant targets
    • ... India. To increase the number of students India opens more than 70 new universities by 2020
    • ... Greece. Point of no return
    • ... Turkey. Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his conservative party won
    • ... Germany. The nuclear phaseout
    • ... Germany. The military service phaseout
    • ... Germany. FIFA Women's World Cup 2011

    Würzburg Events

    By Heidi Roth, section Biomedicine

    Crystal structure of UvrBΔ4 with bound DNA. The crystal structure of UvrBΔ4 (Bacillus caldotenax), a helicase involved in the damage recognition process of prokaryotic nucleotide excision repair (NER), is shown in green, the bound DNA is depicted as stick model, the black mesh represents the 2Fo‑Fc electron density map covering the DNA contoured at 1σ. The sequence and structure of the DNA substrate used for co-crystallization is shown above with F representing a fluorescein-adducted thymine which serves as a NER substrate.

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