Interdisciplinary Research

Student research projects are situated at the interface between two disciplines and typically form part of an ongoing collaboration between two PIs of QBM, who serve as advisor and co-advisor. The project is anchored in the student’s primary field of training, which is usually also the principal advisor’s field of expertise, but requires close interaction with a second discipline, represented by the co-advisor. While students are thus firmly based within their advisor’s lab, they also develop strong ties, both professional and personal, with the co-advisor and his/her group.

The student has a thesis advisory committee (TAC) and will report to it on his/her progress annually. The TAC initially consists of three members (advisor, co-advisor, 3rd member of QBM). A fourth external member is invited to evaluate the written thesis and participate in the thesis defense.


Emil Dandanell Agerschou (class of 2015): "With my background in molecular biology, it became all too visible during my M.Sc. thesis that I had received insufficient training in data analysis and statistics. I believe I’m not the only one who has come to this realization as it might be a symptom of an underlying tendency of biology to primarily understand itself, by itself. QBM offers me the tools that allow me to understand biology in a broader context and thereby strengthening the bonds between biology and the rest of the natural sciences."