Graduation in an Excellent Environment

Innovation through Collaboration

Chemists and biologists are increasingly confronted with questions that require interdisciplinary expertise. 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.

The Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology (KoRS-CB) prepares the next generation of chemical biologists to tackle one of the great challenges of the future: Explaining the processes 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. Closely related to our graduate school: the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) "Chemical and Biological Principles of Cellular Proteostasis".

Training Tomorrow's Scientific Leaders

Ever since the human genome was sequenced, untangling the intricate network of molecular interactions that govern physiological processes 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 characterisation 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 is 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.

The main objective of the Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology (KoRS-CB) is to establish and support research and training programmes 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 programme comprises the interdisciplinary areas Synthetic Chemistry, Cellular Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biomedicine, and Computational Life Science.

A Tradition of Excellence

Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology was founded in fall 2007 within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative. We were awarded continued recognition and financial support in the second phase of the Excellence Initiative as well.

The doctoral training programme builds on the interdisciplinary Bachelor/Master study course Life Sciences at the University of Konstanz, that was established in 2001.