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 Institute Year
Arnold, Frank Molecular characterization of putative targets in pancreatic tissue regeneration and cancer homeostasis

Clinic for Internal Medicine I

Harms, Miria

Endogenous CXCR4 Antagonists: Role in HIV-1 Transmission and Therapy of CXCR4-linked diseases

Institute of Molecular Virology 2021
Gump, Anja Biological consequences of childhood maltreatment in postpartum women and their newborns Department of Clinical and Biological Psychology 2020
Hopfensperger, Kristina

Convergent evolution of HIV-1- and HIV-2-mediated HLA-C downmodulation

Institute of Molecular Virology

Braun, Elisabeth

Guanylate-binding proteins 2 and 5 exert broad antiviral activity by inhibiting furin-mediated processing of viral envelope proteins

Institute of Molecular Virology 2019
Hipp, Lisa Single-molecule imaging of the serum response factor reveals changes in chromatin-binding dynamics upon cell stimulation Institute of Physiological Chemistry 2019
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, Veselin Mechanisms of innate immunity and alpha-synuclein aggregation in Parkinson's disease Department of Neurology 2017
Müller, Janis The versatile role of semen and seminal amyloid in virus infection Institute of Molecular Virology 2017
Hotter, Dominik Modulation of viral gene expression and cellular immune response by primate lentiviral proteins Vpu, Vpr and Nef Institute of Molecular Virology 2017
Feiler, Marisa Development and application of a cell-based oligomerization assay to characterize TDP-43 aggregation, transmission and prion-like seeding in the context of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Department of Neurology 2016
Hampp, Stefanie Regulatory Role of p53 in the Reactivation of Stalled Replication Forks Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2016
Anastasidou,Sofia  The Role of Serum Response factor mediated gene regulation in a mouse model of Multiple Sclerosis Physiological Chemistry 2015


Fischer, Simon

Next-Generation Cell Engineering of Biopharmaceutical Production Cells using microRNAs   Institute of Pharmaceuetical Biotechnology, Biberach    2015
Palesch, David Generation and characterization of AAV vectors for combination immunotherapy against HIV-1 Molecular Virology 2014
Fan, Chunxiang Transient compartment-like syndrome and normokalemic periodic paralysis due to a Cav 1.1 mutation Neurophysiology 2014
Leibinger, Marco Molecular mechanisms mediating neuroprotection and axon regeneration in mature retinal ganglion cells Neurology 2013
Hartmann, Daniel Telomerase gene mutations are associated with cirrhosis formation Molecular Medicine 2013
Schmeißer, Michael Molecular mechanisms of developing neuron - principles of maturation, synaptogenesis and plasticity Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology 2012
Kron, Matthias Adenovirus vaccine vectors - Influence of vector tropism and vector-directed immunity on adaptive immune responses to transgenic antigens Department of Gene Therapy 2012
Bugner, Verena Characterization of potential downstream targets of noncanonical Wnt signaling during Xenopus neural development Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2011
Lück, Sonja Functional characterization of CBF leukemia subgroup Department of Internal Medicine III 2011
Lunov, Oleg Modulation of immune cell signalling and function by functionalized particles Pharmacology of Natural Products and Clinical Pharmacology 2011 (for 2010)
Müller, Adrienne Molecular mechanisms underlying the switch of mature retinal ganglion cells to a regenerative state after inflammatory stimulation Neurology 2009
Chevillotte, Meike Novel approaches for optimisation of human cytomegalovirus antiviral therapy based on viral resistance profiles Virology 2009
Sander, Sandrine Deregulated expression of microRNAs - a critical pathogenic mechanism in MYC-induced lymphoma Physiological Chemistry 2008
Lebedev, Anton Functional studies of Cockayne syndrome protein B in RNA polymerase I transcription Dermatology 2008