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Chemical Biology of Epigenetic Modifications

DFG: SFB 1309 - Integrated Research Training Group

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) "Chemical Biology of Epigenetic Modifications" deals with the small chemical modifications of biomolecules. These epigenetic changes represent a second information level in the genetic makeup and play a crucial role in the regulation of various vital processes. The CRC aims at explaining the chemical language of the modifications and at better understanding its origin and function.
The training program of the Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) particularly strengthens knowledge in all areas associated with bioinformatics, which is a central aspect needed in the CRC. In the IRTG a series of general chemical biology lectures provides the primary basis for training doctoral researchers in current developments in the field. The program focuses on training opportunities with respect to bioinformatics and the associated technical aspects of the CRC by short workshop-style courses. In addition, the IRTG offers yearly winter schools and biennial summer conferences, which provide ample opportunities for showcasing CRC research results and create frequent opportunities for interactions between scientists coming from different disciplines. This program, completed by courses in key qualifications, supports the future career of all participating doctoral researchers.