Welcome to the Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich (QBM). Our School aims at preparing young life scientists for the new era of quantitative, systems-oriented bioscience. It provides an innovative, integrated Ph.D. training program that is international in outlook and brings together a range of diverse disciplines, from biochemistry and medicine to bioinformatics, experimental and theoretical (bio-)physics, and applied mathematics. Both student research projects and classroom teaching are highly interdisciplinary.
The School is a joint initiative by leading scientists from Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich, the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, the Helmholtz Center Munich and the Technical University Munich (TUM). QBM receives funding through the second round of the German Excellence Initiative, which is designed to promote excellence and innovation in research and education at German universities.
The international Ph.D. training program focuses on communication and collaboration between traditionally separate disciplines, ranging from biochemistry and medicine to bioinformatics, experimental and theoretical biophysics and applied mathematics. With its strong emphasis on anchoring theoretical analysis in advanced quantitative experimentation and the excellence of the participating scientists, the school has a unique position within the European scientific landscape.
The core personnel of the school are the principal investigators represented by scientific coordinators of the program, the scientific and administrative staff, and graduate students (75-100 in steady state). In addition, an external scientific advisory board, representing the four key scientific areas (biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics/statistics/theoretical physics, and medicine) advises the school on organization and strategy.