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Graduate School of Life Sciences

Academic Training in Sections

Sections of Research Training within the GSLS

Within the GSLS, affiliated research institutions are grouped into “sections” of related research activities, focusing on certain areas of the life sciences for doctoral training.

If you have a preference for any of those fields please follow the links in the boxes to the respective “section” straight away. If you are interested in a comprehensive view of the coordinated interdisciplinary research efforts in the life sciences in Würzburg, you may look at "Research Institutions".

Currently the GSLS offers programs in the following “Sections”:


Biomedicine involves the study of (patho-)physiological processes with methods from biology, chemistry and physics. Approaches range from understanding molecular interactions to the study of the consequences at the in vivo level. These processes are studied with the particular point of view of devising new strategies for diagnosis and therapy.

Infection & Immunity

The scientific program spans research on host-pathogen interactions, genome research in pathogenic microbes, identification and characterization of novel anti-infectives, molecular processes of immune response in various host organisms including humans, mechanisms of tumorigenic processes induced by microbes, and new concepts in immune therapy. This comprehensive coverage of topics will guarantee the broadest possible training for doctoral researchers, yet provide a focus on common and converging mechanisms.

Integrative Biology

The section of Integrative Biology aims at the understanding of complex biological phenomena and systems. The concept of integrative biology is applied both as an approach to and an attitude towards the practice of science. It deals with integration across all levels of biological organization, from molecules to the biosphere, and with diversity across taxa, from viruses and micro-organisms to plants and animals.


Neuroscience is one of the fastest developing areas in the life sciences. Beyond the function of nerve cells and synapses, the following four questions are of particular interest

  • How do neurons interact within a complex system?
  • How can behavior and other higher brain functions be explained on a molecular and cellular level?
  • How do diseases of the nervous system develop?
  • How does the nervous system interact with other organs and organ systems?

Clinical Sciences

The research of the new section Clinical Sciences aims at translating target molecule identification and new diagnostic and therapeutic venues into treatment and prevention strategies in clinical settings and the general population. Doctoral researchers will be integrated in three main research areas: Clinical Research, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research.

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