The Manchot Graduate School “Molecules of Infection” 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.

The first round of the School started in October 2009 with a total of 13 doctoral researchers, all of whom have successfully completed their PhDs.

Following a positive evaluation of the first, the second round began in April 2013 with 18 highly motivated young doctoral researchers and 12 affiliated doctoral researchers. Nearly all doctoral researchers have already finished their PhD successfully.

The results of the MOI I and II projects have been documented in a number of well-received publications in respected international journals, as well as in valuable contributions to conferences all over the world, which involved lots of networking with established investigators in the field.

In October 2016 a new generation of MOI PhD students has entered the Manchot Graduate School which is now in its third round, thanks to a second positive evaluation by the Jürgen Manchot Foundation.

The Jürgen Manchot Foundation is again generously supporting 13 PhD students, while the other 5 are supported by HHU’s Strategic Research Fund. In many cases, the new projects build on insights that emerged from the work of the first and second MOI Manchot Graduate Schools.

The projects in the GS MOI III cover four general topics:

- Mechanisms of viral infection

- Bacterial proteins in infection and infection control

- Molecular regulatory mechanisms in fungi

- Control of immune responses to infection

Each of the doctoral projects falls into one of these four areas, and is linked thematically and methodologically to other projects in the GS MOI III.

In addition to undertaking their research projects, the doctoral candidates are given a broad scientific training, which enables them to acquire a comprehensive understanding of viral, bacterial, fungal and protozoan pathogens, and a sound grasp of the immunological responses of the host. PhD students also learn a variety of key supplementary skills in special workshops and in lab rotations. They will also get to know their predecessors at an alumni meeting and learn about new fields of work during a Career Day.


Speaker of the MOI Manchot Graduate School

Prof. Dr. Johannes Hegemann

Deputy Speaker
of the MOI Manchot
Graduate School

Prof. Dr. med. Klaus Pfeffer

scientific coordinator

Dr. Stephanie Spelberg

MOI Manchot Graduiertenschule
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Universitätsstraße 1
Building: 25.12
Floor/Room: 00.33
Phone +49 211 81-11877
Fax +49 211 81-10637
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