The First International Bo&MeRanG Retreat in Germany
Sankt Goar, Germany, 8-10 June 2017
The Bonn and Melbourne Research and Graduate School (Bo&MeRanG) delivers basic and applied science through innovation, international engagement and training of the next generation of scientists.
The Bo&MeRanG is a joint PhD training program in immunology between the University of Melbourne and the University of Bonn. Our PhD candidates are embedded in a structured program with scientific mentors at both locations. The students will spend 2 years at home and 1 year abroad.
Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is an institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching, and engagement. It is consistently included among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016). The University of Melbourne is located within a cluster of collaborating medical research institutes, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Currently, there are over 10,000 scientists, doctors, technicians, and nurses and this is expected grow over time.
Faculties are the primary academic bodies of the University, often comprising multiple departments, schools and centres or institutes.The Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences (FMDHS) includes the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBS), of which the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI) is the strongest performing member. Herein more than 120 academic staff, including 18 full Professors, 80 graduate students and around 30 research groups are actively involved in microbiology and immunology research and teaching.
The Department prides itself on excellence in teaching, offering state of the art training in microbiology and immunology using superb training facilities for undergraduate and graduate students. Research in the Department is focused on mechanisms of infection and immunity and the development of new ways to control and treat infectious diseases. The Department is recognised internationally for scientific excellence and leadership across the fields of immunology and microbiology and is home to a number of Australia's most respected biomedical scientists including Nobel Laureate, Professor Peter Doherty AC. Each year the Department attracts around $20 million in competitive grant funding for its research programs. The Department is housed in the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a state-of-the-art facility that combines research and training in infectious diseases and immunology with diagnostic laboratory services, clinical services and infectious diseases surveillance and epidemiology. The Doherty is home to over 700 staff across six departments.
The University of Bonn was founded almost 200 years ago and considered to be amongst the most important institutions for higher education in Germany and indeed Europe. The University of Bonn is one of the world's leading research-based Universities with particular focus on research and teaching and this has led to us evolving into the position of a truly prominent international institution.
The University is organized into several Faculties with a large number of institutes, departments and clinics. The Institute of Experimental Immunology (IEI) was founded in 2002. Its scientific mission is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling the immune response. Comprehensive knowledge about the physiological regulation of immune tolerance is required to understand the immuno-pathology of chronic inflammation, autoimmunity and perhaps even failure of the immune response to eliminate tumors. Research groups at IEI also join forces to develop novel methods to modulate cell function within tissues using laser-assisted nanoparticle-mediated strategies. Ultimately, we intend to develop new strategies to modulate local immune responses for therapeutic purposes.
The IEI is located in the direct vicinity of the Department of Surgery and Internal Medicine. This allows for efficient interaction with clinician scientists and clinicians, actively contributing to the research topics "Immunology and Infectiology", "Neuro-Sciences" and "Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease". Research group leaders at the IEI join forces not only in pursuing common research projects but to collaborate and develop novel cooperative teaching activities. The Institute of Molecular Medicine and Experimental Immunology is involved in teaching programs for Medical Students such as lecture series, seminars, tutorials and elective periods in the laboratory. The core facility Flow Cytometry at IEI provides extensive state of the art teaching for postgraduates in the latest developments of flow cytometry. The Institute further participates in the novel interdisciplinary study program "Molecular BioMedicine". This program not only entails lectures, seminars and tutorials but also aims to provide students with comprehensive training on well-established and cutting-edge technologies in the laboratory. Since 2006, IEI also participates in the Harvard summer school program where students from Harvard spend an elective period in the Institute.
The Melbourne-Bonn Graduate Training Program was established in April 2016 and is governed by the Bo&MeRanG committee. The Committee is chaired by the Co-Directors and involves program coordinators and senior researchers from both the University of Melbourne and the University of Bonn. The Bo&MeRanG committee oversees operational activities and is responsible for defining program objectives, developing program identity and implementing strategic goals.
Principal Lecturer and Laboratory Head in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity, The University of Melbourne.
Sammy has previously held positions at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, the National Institute of Neuroscience in Tokyo and the Hannover Medical School
Sammy is Co-Director of the Melbourne-Bonn Graduate Training Program.
His research examines how dendritic cells and T cells interact during infections, with a particular interest in deciphering how specific innate signals shape these interactions. Sammy’s work has shed new light into understanding how dendritic cells integrate multiple signals into protective immunity against infections.
For more information visit Sammy's profile page on the Peter Doherty Institute website.
Professor Kurts is the Director of the Institute of Experimental Immunology at the University of Bonn. Previously Christian has spent 3 years working at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne working with ProfessorJacques Miller. He then returned to Germany and was appointed Assistant Professor within the Department of Nephrology and Immunology at the University of Aachen. In 2003 Christian relocated to the University of Bonn, where he was appointed full Professor within the Molecular Immunology Department. Christian is Co-Director of the Melbourne-Bonn Graduate Training Program Bo&MeRanG.
His research examines the mechanisms governing antigen presentation and the ensuing immune response in the defence against infection and in immune-mediated disease. His main research projects focus on the mechanisms of antigen cross-presentation to cytotoxic CD8 T cells, peripheral immunetolerance of T and B lymphocytes against self-antigens, and the role of dendritic cells in diseases, especially in kidney disease. For more information visit the Institute of Experimental Immunology website and Christian's profile page.
Marie Greyer is the Bo&MeRanG coordinator in Melbourne.
She completed her BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Reading before commencing a MSc in Integrated Immunology at the University of Oxford. In 2012 Marie was awarded a Melbourne International Research Scholarship to commence a PhD in the Laboratory of A/Prof Sammy Bedoui at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. During her PhD Marie studied the mechanisms by which T cells ‘help’ DC to integrate multiple signals for the initiation of a protective immune response against viral infection. In 2016 Marie joined the Bo&MeRanG to coordinate between participating principle investigators, students and program directors. Her main responsibilities include the recruitment of students into the program and liaising with the Graduate School and Faculty on program and student matters. In close coordination with the Bo&MeRanG committee, Marie ensures that program objectives are met and implemented in accordance with core strategic goals.
Lucie Delforge is the counterpart of the Bo&MeRanG coordinator in Bonn.
With a BA in Business Administration she started her occupational career in 2009 within the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Experimental Immunology, University of Bonn. In October 2014 she also commenced an MSc in Public Management at the University of Kassel and is currently finalizing her thesis on Gender and Science. Lucie has played a vital part in the invention of the Bo&MeRanG over two years ago. Ever since, Lucie has implemented core strategic measures for the program in adherence with guidelines of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the University of Bonn. Together with the coordination office in Melbourne she is also closely involved in the coordination between participating principles investigators, students and the Bo&MeRanG board. Her main responsibilities include the coordination of the training program, administrative support of exchange students and overseeing adherence to graduate guidelines.
The Bo&MeRanG is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the University of Melbourne through the International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF). With a total of AUS$10 million in funding approved until 2020, the Bo&MeRanG provides joint PhD placements for up to 30 students across both institutions. More information about the DFG's International Research Training Group scheme can be found at:
The Bo&MeRanG offers joint PhD placements between Bonn and Melbourne, in which students work with eminent scientists at both locations. The program is principally focussed on the intersection between innate and adaptive immunity and seeks to investigate this nexus in the context of immunity to infection, leveraging off the substantial and complementary expertise for innate and adaptive immunity in Bonn and Melbourne, respectively. The program will address questions related to pathogen sensing and how the ensuing innate immune responses contribute to protective T cell immunity. These aspects will be examined at the molecular and cellular level in dendritic cells and other myeloid cells using a wide range of in vivo infection models (malaria, typhoid fever, Legionnaire’s disease, influenza virus, herpes simplex virus) and cutting edge technologies (epigenetics, in vivo imaging, bioinformatics modelling). The insights gained through the Bo&MeRanG are expected to significantly advance our understanding of immunity to infection and will have wide-ranging implications for vaccine and adjuvant design and therapeutic interventions against existing infections.
We seek PhD candidates who are passionate about research and are highly motivated to solve scientific problems with modern approaches. The ideal candidate holds an MSc or Diploma with an above-average University degree in biology, immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics or related fields with proven interest in immunology and laboratory research. Candidates with experience in cell culture, molecular biological techniques and/or animal models are encouraged to apply. The candidate has to demonstrate the ability to work both independently and cooperatively within an international research team. Excellent written and spoken English skills are mandatory.
Applications are currently closed and will re-open in January 2019.
More information is following soon..
Coordinator, Bonn and Melbourne Research and Graduate Training Group,
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity
The University of Melbourne
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Coordinator, Bonn and Melbourne Research and Graduate Training Group
Institute of Experimental Immunology
University of Bonn
Sankt Goar, Germany, 8-10 June 2017
The Bonn and Melbourne Academy for Excellence in Immunosciences (BM-AXIS) is a program for exchange of scientists between the University of Melbourne and Bonn respectively.
Elise Gressier, a PhD student in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, is about to head off to Germany for a year, as one of the first students enrolled in a joint program with the Universities of Melbourne and Bonn to get 30 doctoral students on track for global careers.
The University of Melbourne and the University of Bonn in Germany have established an International Doctoral Training Group supported by up to AUD$5 million from the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The University of Melbourne and the University of Bonn in Germany have established an International Doctoral Training Group supported by up to AUD$5 million from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Dubbed 'Bo&MeRanG' – the Bonn & Melbourne Research and Graduate Training Group - the funding will go towards providing for a joint PhD program for up to 30 students across both institutions.