Chemists and biologists are increasingly confronted with questions that require interdisciplinary expertise to answer. In fact, the foremost questions of basic and applied research can only be tackled and resolved through close collaboration among professionals with different but overlapping scientific backgrounds.
Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology (KoRS-CB) aims to prepare the next generation of chemical biologists to tackle one of the great challenges of the future: explaining the process of life in chemical terms. We have created an academic environment that fosters interdisciplinary education and research, thereby dissolving the traditional boundaries between research disciplines.
KoRS-CB has been approved and founded in fall 2007 within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative and was successful in the second phase of the Excellence Initiative, too. Currently, about 100 doctoral researchers are enrolled while more than 40 research projects already have been successfully finished by a doctoral thesis.
A Potential Key
The main objective of the interdisciplinary Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology is to establish and support research and training programs that transcend traditional disciplines. We aim to provide and develop novel approaches that increase understanding of biological processes and their interconnections at the molecular level. The research program is based on successful collaborations within and between the fields of Synthetic Chemistry, Cellular Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biomedicine, and Computational Life Science.
Ever since the human genome was sequenced, untangling the intricate network of molecular interactions that govern physiological processes at the cellular and systemic level has become a major focus of investigation in both basic and applied research. A potential key to understanding the mechanisms that determine and control biological processes is the comprehensive characterization of individual proteins and their interaction with small and macromolecular ligands.
To accomplish this fascinating and challenging task, the traditional separation of science into different disciplines lis no longer justified. The respective capabilities of different research areas have merged into synergistic interdisciplinary approaches. Indeed, there is an increasing demand in academia and in industry for scientists who are trained at the interface of chemistry and biology.