The Gene Center Munich provides an excellent environment for doctoral studies. The primary scientific interest of the Gene Center lies in the area of gene expression and the many facets of its regulation; topics and approaches range from structural biochemistry to virology and systems and computational biology. Candidates apply directly to one of the research groups; once admitted to the program, they are expected to dedicate themselves to solving an important problem, publish their results and obtain their doctoral degree within three to four years. Apart from their primary thesis advisor, doctoral students are also supported by a thesis advisory committee (TAC), comprising three to four faculty with pertinent expertise. We offer support to improve the students' communication skills through scientific writing and oral presentation workshops, and to attend international meetings or courses.
Gene Center groups also participate in several structured PhD programs that offer additional advanced coursework and specialized training, as well as substantial financial support (PhD fellowships). These include the Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich (QBM), the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN), the International Max-Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (IMPRS-LS), and several Graduate Colleges, in particular the the Graduate College GRK1721 (Integrated Analysis of Macromolecular Complexes and Hybrid Methods in Genome Biology).