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24.10.2019 - How to build your career in academia - Ask the young PI!

Join us for our second edition of the Career-Event, taking place on the 24.10.2019 from 6 15 pm in the ZMBH (INF282), SR 001, where you can ask a young group leader from Heidelberg everything you always wanted to know about a career in academia!


17.10.2019 - Welcome Event

Join our welcome event for new students in Heidelberg, where you can find out, who we are, what we are doing, and why you should join! We will meet at 6 30 pm in the ground floor of the Bioquant (INF 267), and of course there will be drinks and pizza. wink


24.07.2019 - How to build your career in academia - Ask the young PI!

On July 27th, the jGBM Heidelberg invited the two Junior Group leaders Ana Banito (KiTZ/DKFZ) and Michael Raissig (COS) to join an evening event giving the opportunity to Master and PhD students to ask career-related questions in a casual atmosphere. Ana Banitos’s research is focused on the pathobiology of soft-tissue sarcomas in children and young adults. Emmy-Noether fellow Michael Raissig is interested in the investigation of different stomatal morphologies in land plants.

Both group leaders prepared very interesting presentations, giving a short insight into their personal academic career path and shared their personal clues for success in research.

In the following open discussion round, numerous questions from the audience concerning all different sorts of issues and hurdles that come along with an academic career were answered in detail. Whilst it is clear that there is no “recipe” for becoming a junior group leader and luck is certainly required, both PIs motivated the aspiring scientists that staying in academia is certainly not impossible.

The jGBM Heidelberg wants to thank both Ana Banito and Michael Raissig for taking the time to join our event and sharing their experience with all the attending students. Due to the great reception, we are looking forward to our next “Ask the young PI” event with Doris Höglinger and Mandy Jeske from the Biochemistry Center Heidelberg on October 21st.


14.06.2019 - Visit to Merck in Darmstadt

On June 14th, the jGBM Heidelberg visited Merck Darmstadt in a joint event with jGBM Mannheim, who had kindly arranged a tour guided by a former student now working at the Merck Innovation Center. Our first stop was the Merck show room, where our guide, Lisa Neuner, explained the general company profile and showed us some of the major products successfully launched in the recent years. Afterwards, we went to the history museum where we learned about Merck’s early days, the founder family and ancient techniques used in the pharma industry.  The major part of the tour took part in Merck’s brand new innovation center. The building was finished in 2018 and offers a working space in which innovative ideas can be developed into actual business projects.

Along with the tour through the building, we learned about the stages ongoing innovation projects have to pass and gained insight into a different kind of work atmosphere.  Finally, over a tasty pizza lunch, we heard a short talk featuring two concrete examples of projects that originated from the innovation center and are now launched to market. We also got a quick introduction to the Innovation Center Summer School, which is looking for PhD students aiming to work in an interdisciplinary field between economics and science.


04.04 - 06.04.2019 - Mosbacher Kolloquium "High Resolution Imaging of Cells and Molecules"

From the 4th to 6th of April 2019 the 70th Mosbacher Kolloquium took place under the topic “High resolution imaging of cells and molecules”. The jGBM Heidelberg and more than 80 young scientists from other cities in Germany came together in Mosbach to participate in this conference. The Kolloquium began with a short introduction into the state-of-the art research of high-resolution microscopy on Wednesday evening. The first session of the conference on Thursday was about the innovations in light sheet microscopy. A highlight of this session was the talk from Nobel laureate Stefan Hell about STED microscopy. In the evening the jGBM organized its famous jGBM party where we met old friends and got to know new jGBM members from all over Germany.

On Friday, the second session of the conference was about Electron Microscopy. During the lunch break we gathered together with three different speakers for an informative Meet the Prof session. It was interesting to get to know how these important researchers came to their positions and what hurdles they had to face on their way. On Friday evening the jGBM came together to discuss important topics in the annual jGBM meeting. After long discussion and a lot of new ideas for the future we all had dinner together at the Brauerei in Mosbach. Once again it was great to sit together with other jGBM people and make new connections.

The conference ended on Saturday after short talk session with the topic Next Techniques in Super Resolution. All in all, it was again a highlight to visit the Kolloquium not only because of the interesting science but more importantly because of the connection to other young scientists in Germany.



04.12.2018 - GBM Lecture and Master Prize Award Ceremony

In December 2018, we hosted the legendary GBM Master Prize Award for the second time in Heidelberg. This year, it was accompanied by an innovative talk by the Einstein-Professor Juri Rappsilber (TU Berlin) who gave us an understanding of Cellular cartography at molecular detail: in situ cross-linking mass spectrometry. The speech was finalized by a vivacious discussion with the audience which clearly speaks for the enthusiasm about his interesting scientific work.

In the fields of Biochemistry, Molecular Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences, Karen Schriever (Exploring the limits of protein functionalization: Design, Synthesis and Characterisation of β-sheet-based immunogens), Ann-Katrin Huber (The Germinal Center Reaction to the Circumsporozoite Protein of the Malaria Parasite Plasmodium falciparum) and Elisa Kreibich (Does m5C mRNA methylation exist in fruit flies?) won the prize for the best Master Thesis in their study course, respectively. All three winners shortly presented their Master Project and impressed with their outstanding work.

Within a casual conclusion, participants, winners and jGBM members gathered for some exchange with drinks and delicious finger food.

As last year, the jGBM Heidelberg really enjoyed the event and is excited to read about more pioneering Master Thesis in the future!

Apply for next year’s Master Prize to jgbm-heidelberg(at)!


26.10.2018 - Visit to the Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT)

On 26th October 2018 jGBM members and students from Heidelberg came together to visit the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT). During the tour we got great insights into the concept of heavy ion therapy and could get a look at the marvellous technology that enables this kind of therapy, including the particle accelerator and the impressive gantry for 360° irradiation.

After the tour we heard a great talk from Dr Ali Nowrouzi about CRISPR/Cas9-based screens in radiation oncology and novel synthetic lethality based therapy options.

We were especially happy to welcome many new members and colleagues from the jGBM Darmstadt for our first event this winter semester!


28.06.2018 - Visit of the jGBM Heidelberg at EMBL Heidelberg

On the 28th of June we visited the world famous European Molecular Biology Laboratory here in Heidelberg. It was a great experience to get to know the research which is conducted at this institute. First of all, we met at the advanced training center (ATC) which is the main building of the campus and resembles a DNA double helix. We got an exciting introduction into the EMBL structure and career possibilities. Afterwards we could ask questions about possible internships or the PhD program during a short breakfast with coffee and brezels. Furthermore, we heard an interesting talk from a PhD student at EMBL in Heidelberg about her PhD thesis. The topic was about high-resolution microscopy to analyze the virus entry into the nucleus. It was a great opportunity to ask further questions about the life of a PhD at EMBL. The PhD student also showed us around in her laboratory and gave us an introduction to her self-made high-resolution microscope. The visit ended with a tour around the ATC building from where you have a great view over Heidelberg. After the tour, we also visited the laboratory of Philipp (one of our jGBM members) who is doing his PhD at EMBL. It was exciting to see how the newly evolved high-resolution technology PALM/STORM works and how the microscopes look like. 


07.05.2018 - Visit of the jGBM Heidelberg at the Paul-Ehrlich Institute in Langen


26.04.2018 - Visit of the jGBM Heidelberg at Roche in Basel



05.12.2018 - jGBM Master prize ceremony 

Our congratulations go out to the two awardees Philipp Walch (Molecular Biotechnology M.Sc.) and Ioannis Sarropoulus (Molecular Biosciences M.Sc.) for winning the Master Thesis award 2017. Special thanks also go out to Helgo Schmidt who is a group leader at the Department of Integrated Structural Biology at IGBMC Strasburg for his jGBM Master prize lecture about "Structural insights into the dynein motor mechanism". We are already looking forward to the next Master prize ceremony in 2018.


30.04.2017 - The jGBM Heidelberg at the 68th Mosbacher Colloquium 2017

Last year's GBM meeting took place in Mosbach from March 30th to April 1st, 2017. Several of our members attended the prestigious conference. Additional to many exciting lectures on cell organelles, we had the opportunity to have personal conversations with experienced professors during the "Meet the Prof Sessions" . The Mosbacher Colloquium 2018 will be all about Synthetic Biology and will take place from the 22nd to the 24th of March 2018. You can find more infos here:


28.04.2017 - Visit of the jGBM Heidelberg and jGBM Freiburg at Novartis and the ETH in Basel

Many thanks go out to Novartis for giving us great insights into your company structure and the innovative research that is beingconducted in your company. Furthermore, we would like to thank the students of the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of the ETH Basel for their presentation about the institute and their research projects.


Autumn 2017 - Group picture of the jGBM Heidelberg