The course work of QBM is designed to provide students with cross- and interdisciplinary training.
During the first year, all students take the highly integrated interdisciplinary QBM Core Course, which is a core element of QBM’s educational program. This intensive, year-long weekly course covers major biological questions relevant to QBM in a fashion that introduces and connects the entire spectrum of methods and concepts used to address them in the different disciplines. The course comprises lectures taught by PIs, and tutorials and lab sessions taught by postdocs and QBM lecturers, in which the QBM graduate students obtain hands-on experience with analysis of data derived from the day’s lecture.
To prepare and support the work in the core course, we offer targeted primer courses to teach relevant basics to the students in their non-familiar disciplines. Depending on their background, life science students will take primers in biophysics and statistics/bioinformatics, math/physics students will take primers in life sciences and bioinformatics, and bioinformatics students will take primers in biophysics and statistics.
In subsequent years, students attend a monthly lecture series where the students invite and host external speakers on QBM-relevant topics.
At the annual QBM retreat, students present their research in brief talks and posters, and attend lectures of internal and external invited speakers.
We encourage and support students to attend advanced courses at LMU and other institutions, tailored to their specific research projects and backgrounds. Additionally, the students have various opportunities to participate in events within the Munich scientific community, following their own research interests. These events include lecture series, symposia, and workshops offered by five collaborative research centers (SFBs) represented within QBM, the Center for NanoScience (CeNS), and the excellence clusters Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) and the Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM), the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry and the Helmholtz Center Munich.
Simon Kretschmer (class of 2013): "The biophysics primer provided me with knowledge that was very valuable for my collaboration with theoreticians."
Zhan Qi (class of 2014): "I enjoyed the QBM courses and it is nice to learn the knowledge that I am not familiar with but useful for interdisciplinary collaboration, making us communicating more effectively and productively."
Thomas Schlichthärle (class of 2015): "I am very happy about the classes in QBM as they give me a perfect opportunity to fill my knowledge gaps with programming as well as mathematical modelling as I came from the field of biomedicine."