Doctoral Student Award

To motivate doctoral students and to honour extraordinary achievements, the Graduate School awards a Doctoral Student Award to outstanding students every year on our Graduation Day. Awards are conferred for excellent research as documented in publications or as talks given at international scientific conferences, and for the development and implementation of innovative methods. Interdisciplinary projects are given preferential consideration. The award amounts to € 2,500 and is presented to the doctoral student in person. The price can be split and thereby be awarded to more than one person. The recipients are free to use it for any purpose that helps to promote their career.

These PhD students received the Doctoral Student Award in recent years:

Name Research Topic InstituteYear
Böck- Maier, Christina

Psychoneuroimmunological alterations associated with psychological stress across the lifespan llifespan

Department of Clinical and Biological Psychology


Funcke, Jan-Bernd

Diagnosis and characterization of leptin mutations causing severe early-onset obesity


Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Grozdanov, VeselinMechanisms of innate immunity and alpha-synuclein aggregation in Parkinson's diseaseDepartment of Neurology2017
Müller, JanisThe versatile role of semen and seminal amyloid in virus infectionInstitute of Molecular Virology2017
Hotter, DominikModulation of viral gene expression and cellular immune response by primate lentiviral proteins Vpu, Vpr and NefInstitute of Molecular Virology2017
Feiler, MarisaDevelopment and application of a cell-based oligomerization assay to characterize TDP-43 aggregation, transmission and prion-like seeding in the context of amyotrophic lateral sclerosisDepartment of Neurology2016
Hampp, Stefanie Regulatory Role of p53 in the Reactivation of Stalled Replication ForksDepartment of Gynecology and Obstetrics2016
Anastasidou,Sofia The Role of Serum Response factor mediated gene regulation in a mouse model of Multiple Sclerosis Physiological Chemistry2015


Fischer, Simon

Next-Generation Cell Engineering of Biopharmaceutical Production Cells using microRNAs  Institute of Pharmaceuetical Biotechnology, Biberach   2015
Palesch, DavidGeneration and characterization of AAV vectors for combination immunotherapy against HIV-1Molecular Virology2014
Fan, ChunxiangTransient compartment-like syndrome and normokalemic periodic paralysis due to a Cav 1.1 mutationNeurophysiology2014
Leibinger, MarcoMolecular mechanisms mediating neuroprotection and axon regeneration in mature retinal ganglion cellsNeurology2013
Hartmann, DanielTelomerase gene mutations are associated with cirrhosis formationMolecular Medicine2013
Schmeißer, MichaelMolecular mechanisms of developing neuron - principles of maturation, synaptogenesis and plasticityDepartment of Anatomy and Cell Biology2012
Kron, MatthiasAdenovirus vaccine vectors - Influence of vector tropism and vector-directed immunity on adaptive immune responses to transgenic antigensDepartment of Gene Therapy2012
Bugner, VerenaCharacterization of potential downstream targets of noncanonical Wnt signaling during Xenopus neural developmentBiochemistry and Molecular Biology2011
Lück, SonjaFunctional characterization of CBF leukemia subgroupDepartment of Internal Medicine III2011
Lunov, OlegModulation of immune cell signalling and function by functionalized particlesPharmacology of Natural Products and Clinical Pharmacology2011 (for 2010)
Müller, AdrienneMolecular mechanisms underlying the switch of mature retinal ganglion cells to a regenerative state after inflammatory stimulationNeurology2009
Chevillotte, MeikeNovel approaches for optimisation of human cytomegalovirus antiviral therapy based on viral resistance profilesVirology2009
Sander, SandrineDeregulated expression of microRNAs - a critical pathogenic mechanism in MYC-induced lymphomaPhysiological Chemistry2008
Lebedev, AntonFunctional studies of Cockayne syndrome protein B in RNA polymerase I transcriptionDermatology2008

Student Award

Nominate a student!
Nomination packets should consist of the following items:

  • A nomination letter by the supervisor briefly describing why this student was chosen for nomination (maximum 2 pages)
  • A CV of the candidate including congress participations and publications

Nominees have to be in their final year of doctoral enrollment during the award year. 

Nominations are to be submitted to the Coordination Office by September, 1st, 2019 via e-mail.  The nominations will be evaluated by the Board of Directors and the PhD Committee. 

The award will be presented at the graduation ceremony during the Graduate School’s Fall Meeting on October 09th, 2019.