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Who we are

The Manchot Graduate School “Molecules of Infection” (MOI) maps complex host-pathogen interactions and explores new strategies for the elimination of pathogens in infectious diseases. Research projects focus on functionally characterizing molecules that play crucial roles in the infection process in carefully chosen model systems, e.g. HIV.

In April 2024 MOI V started and continues the successful research projects of the former MOI I - MOI IV funding rounds, which are funded since the beginning by the Jürgen Manchot Stiftung and supported by the "Strategischem Forschungsfonds" of Heinrich Heine University itselfs.

The 18 PhD projects of the Graduate School focus on important infectious molecules, that will be studied and characterised in specific model organisms. The gained scientific outcome of MOI V will make contribution to the current concepts of research in the field of infection. The scientific program of the 18 funded projects is separated in four deeply connected and in terms of content coordinated research areas.

What is special about MOI Graduate School?

Our mission: to provide excellent scientific education in combination with personal development of young scientist at best since 2009! These are the central parts of our Graduate programme:


The core of the Graduate School:

Our young researchers

Besides the scholarship holders the Manchot Graduate School supports up to five talented PhD students from various projects of closely related topics to the MOI research areas. These so called "Colleagues" benefit from attending the whole MOI Curriculum as well as the organised events.


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  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeffer
  • Speaker MOI V
  • +49 211 81-12459

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  • Prof. Dr. Johannes H. Hegemann
  • Deputy Speaker MOI V
  • +49 211 81-13733

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  • Dr. Stephanie Spelberg
  • Scientific Coordinator
  • +49 211 81-11877

Where you can find us

Adress of the MOI office

MOI Manchot Graduate School

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Universitätsstr. 1

Building 26.14, Room U1.009

40225 Düsseldorf

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