RTG 2473/1: Bioactive Peptides – Innovative Aspects of Synthesis and Biosynthesis


The Research Training Group (RTG) “Bioactive Peptides – Innovative Aspects of Synthesis and Biosynthesis” aims to provide a structured curriculum on peptide research for doctoral students. In the past years, peptide research has become of significant importance in both academia and industry, and there is a high demand of well-trained and knowledgeable researchers in this field. Although a number of individual groups perform peptide research in Germany at a very high level, the scientific breadth of researchers in Berlin in all areas related to modern peptide science is unique. Consequently, this RTG brings together the scientific expertise of several internationally renowned academic researchers in order to comprehensively train students in peptide research. Various industrial peptide scientists who will give lectures and distinguished researchers who take part in an advisory board further complement the faculty. This setup will allow us to establish an RTG that provides a modern educational program for doctoral students. The scientific content of the RTG comprises aspects of molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, synthetic techniques and methods providing a state-of-the-art bioanalytical and structural biological characterization of peptides, thereby spanning all areas of modern peptide research. The involvement of two computational chemistry groups reflects the increasing importance of theoretical methods as tools to guide synthesis design and by providing models to understand the structure and dynamics of peptides. Equal opportunity employment and gender equality is important to all members of the RTG and this is reflected in its make-up, with close to equal representation of the genders. The planned RTG offers a coherent curriculum that coveys the basic concepts as well as more advanced subject matters, which makes students aware of the scientific challenges and modern problems of the field and provides didactically structured supervision within the frame of the individual research projects. The participating doctoral students will be funded either directly through the RTG or through other funds of the PIs. Apart from academic lectures of the PIs, the teaching program is supported by courses from industrial researchers as well as international academic key players in the peptide community. The scientific training program is complemented by training in transferable skills, thus preparing students for future career steps.


Principal Investigators
Seitz, Oliver Prof. Dr. rer. nat. (Details) (Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry III)

Duration of Project
Start date: 04/2019
End date: 09/2023

Research Areas
Biochemistry

Research Areas
Molekularbiologie, Synthese

Last updated on 2021-06-04 at 10:27