The Faculties of Biology and Medicine have three successful and flourishing research training groups (RTGs) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) which form the scientific basis of BIOME:
- RTG 1739: Radiation Sciences
- RTG 1949: Innate and Adaptive Immunity
- RTG 2098: Biomedicine of Sphingolipids
Reflecting the structures of the above initiatives, nine cores of further expertise within the Graduate School of Biomedical Science have been established, namely:
- Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience
- Cellular and Molecular Immunology
- Clinical Research (a one-year, workshop-based programme)
- Computational Biomedicine
- Genetics and Cell Biology
- Infectious Diseases
- Ischaemia, Reperfusion and Angiogenesis
- Transplantation Medicine (a one-year programme specifically aimed at M.D. graduates)
- Tumour and Signalling
In addition to this, there is one independently-initiated PhD programme on Epidemiology and Clinical Research
Each of these thematic cores has up to four scientific coordinators who are responsible for the design of the lecture series, the selection of guest speakers and the topics of the talks. In addition to the graduate's own supervisor, these coordinators are also supporting mentors to the graduates within their group. To ensure academic excellence and close collaboration, each group is limited to a maximum of 25 participants.
The obligatory core lecture series consists of up to 20 lectures a year with literature seminars or doctoral progress reports after each talk.
Each core has regular meet-the-expert forums which are held on campus. A novel concept surrounding these meetings is that the graduates are encouraged to interact closely with the guest speakers and discuss their research with them.
Larger annual retreats or joint symposia are held regularly for all participants of the graduate school. At these events the participants have the opportunity to inform themselves about the work and findings of the other research groups through basic introductory presentations to each field by selected graduates, and Ph.D. project poster presentations by every participating doctoral fellow.
Regular workshops for the targeted training of career-related soft skills are an integral part of the BIOME programme. Topics include scientific writing, presentations, good scientific practice, acquisition of funding etc.
Satisfactory participation in BIOME’s graduate programme is awarded with credit points endorsed by the Faculty of Biology’s doctoral regulations (§ 6a).