Chemists and biologists are increasingly confronted with interdisciplinary topics. In fact, the foremost questions of basic and applied research can only be tackled and resolved by close collaborations of professionals with different but overlapping scientific backgrounds.
Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology aims to prepare the next generation of chemical biologists for one of the great challenges of the future: Explaining the process of life in chemical terms. Therefore, KoRS-CB created an academic environment that fosters both interdisciplinary education and research, thereby dissolving the traditional boundaries between the different research disciplines.
Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology 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 35 research projects already have been successfully finished by a doctoral thesis.
A Potential Key
After the determination of the human genome sequence, the elucidation of the intricate network of molecular interactions that govern physiological processes at the cellular and systemic level has become a major focus of investigation both for 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 lost its justification and the respective expertise of the different areas of research merged into synergistic interdisciplinary approaches. Indeed, there is an increasing demand in academia and industry for scientists who are trained at the interface of Chemistry and Biology.
Thus, the main objective of the interdisciplinary Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology is to establish and support research and training programs that will foster research beyond the limits of traditional disciplines and provide and develop novel mutually illuminating approaches for an increased 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. The doctoral training program builds on the interdisciplinary Bachelor/Master study course Life Science at the University of Konstanz that was established in 2001.