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.


Each PhD student has not just one supervisor, but a committee of three scientists from at least two disciplines involved in the graduate school. Our training programme offers scientific courses that help to understand interdisciplinary research. In addition, we provide courses in rhetoric and presenting as well as workshops leading to management qualifications.
Dr. Heike Brandstädter, KoRS-CB General Manager

 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.

Welcome to the first fellows

The first 23 doctoral researchers started their PhD studies in April 2008.

Nobel prize winner opened 1st Symposium Chemical Biology in Konstanz

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KoRS-CB also successful in the 2nd round of the Excellence Initiative

The renewal proposal of the graduate school was successful and awarded with funding until 2017.

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Joint PhD Programme Konstanz-Singapur

A Joint PhD Programme between KoRS-CB and NTU Singapore was signed in September 2013.

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Opening of the Center for Chemical Biology (CCB)

The building was funded by the programme for research buildings of the German federal and state governments (Programm Forschungsbauten des Bundes und der Länder).

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2nd Konstanz Symposium Chemical Biology

The symposium features hot topics within highly relevant areas of chemical biology. Leading scientists in the field address current and future developments.

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KoRS-CB attracts funding for fellowships by the DAAD

Up to two DAAD fellowships could be granted in 2015 and 2016 within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme.

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1st Autumn School & 3rd Konstanz Symposium Chemical Biology

25 international doctoral researchers joined KoRS-CB fellows during the first Autumn School Chemical Biology from 5 till 9 October 2015.

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In 2017, the prestigious conference "International Symposium on Bioorganic Chemistry" (ISBOC) will be held at the University of Konstanz, strongly supported by the Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology (KoRS-CB). Up to 500 participants are expected.

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