The DSP BioM H&D is an interdisciplinary PhD training-consortium consisting of PIs from the Department of Biosciences and Medical Biology at the University of Salzburg. The expertise of the DSP BioM H&D ranges from immunology, allergology, structural biology, tumor biology, and genomics, to bioinformatics, and biochemistry, bioanalytics, biological chemistry and microbiology. The topic Biomolecules for example covers allergens, cytokines, proteases, signaling molecules, oncogenes, hormone receptors, and enzymes. In a highly multidisciplinary approach and by employing cutting edge technologies, the DSP BioM H&D addresses current topics in the fields of allergy and immunology and tumor biology.
The main strength of the DSP BioM H&D is its interdisciplinary nature with a shared focus on understanding molecular mechanisms and interactions of cells and biomolecules in versatile biological processes. The DSP BioM H&D constitutes a logical extension of ongoing and previous initiatives such as the priority program Allergy-Cancer-BioNano Research Centre or the doctoral school Immunity in Cancer and Allergy again forming a broad network. including new research disciplines such as bioinformatics into the already established networks of allergy/immunology, tumor biology, and structural biology, thus strengthening all research areas. Common methodological platforms provide the basis for lively and fruitful collaborations. Students integrated into the DSP BioM H&D profit from the joint training program by broadening their scientific repertoire. Thus, the DSP BioM H&D can be regarded as multidisciplinary platform within the biological sciences for the lively exchange of methods and ideas. The DSP BioM H&D provides an internationally visible and attractive educational platform for students at the University of Salzburg. PhD positions are announced internationally, followed by a standardized selection process to ensure an objective recruitment procedure of PhD students. Besides scientific excellence, gender mainstreaming principles are implemented in the selection process.
The DSP BioM H&D offers training opportunities such as special lectures and training courses, seminars, summer- and winter schools, and individual mentoring programs for each PhD-student, while focusing on basic and translational questions relating to biomolecules. To provide continuous monitoring of the research and training activities of the DSP BioM H&D, an expert board gives external advice. The DSP BioM H&D constitutes an important addition to the teaching landscape of biological sciences at the University of Salzburg, and enhances scientific quality and visibility of the DSP BioM H&D Faculty and fellows, as well as of the whole university.