The goal of the IMPRS-HLR is to train students in experimental techniques and translational research methods. The school provides a common training ground for natural scientists and physicians supporting "cross-fertilization" for both disciplines.

1. Orientation phase

Training at the IMPRS-HLR starts with a orientation phase of maximal five-months. This phase includes a general introduction in research at the partner institutes and methods courses.


A number of methods courses held by experts in their field provide insights into expert techniques. The courses help the students to improve the design of their disseration projects and to improve scientific quality of their work.

Methods courses include:

  • Microscopy/ Confocal laser scanning microscopy/ electron microscopy
  • Preparation of histological specimen
  • Animal handling and design of animal experiments
  • MRT in animal models
  • Flow cytometry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Proteomics
  • Genomics
  • Zebrafish as an animal model
  • In situ hybridization

2. Graduation phase

During their thesis, students will attend several courses and seminars:

  • Mandatory attendance at lab-wide seminars
  • Training including active participation to regularly held journal clubs exclusively offered for IMPRS-students. Subjects are scientific areas covered by the partner institutes
  • Methods courses
  • Courses for scientific writing, presentation techniques, German Classes
  • Annual presentation of own research work at the institute´s department seminars
  • Annual IMPRS-retreat with participation by all members of the IMPRS-HLR and additionally invited external speakers. This includes a presentation and discussion of own work.


After successful completion, the students are awarded a doctoral degree from the partner universities plus an IMPRS-HLR certificate from MPI for Heart and Lung Research. Please note that Max Planck Institutes are not legally entitled to award doctoral degrees and therefore generally cooperate with universities in this regard.   

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