Studentin an der Universität Konstanz
Student at the University of Konstanz

Complicated interactions require interdisciplinary approaches

How are physiological processes controlled at the molecular level? The Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology researches at the interface of biology, chemistry and computer science. The macromolecular basic building blocks of the cell can be characterized in terms of their functional and structural interaction. The research focuses lie in the fields of synthetic chemistry, cellular biochemistry, biophysics, biomedicine and bio- and chemoinformatics.

This unique approach also guides the training programme and ensures its high standard of quality. The structured programme is conducted completely in English and includes scientific seminars and key competency courses. Lecture series featuring top international scholars provide our students exposure to the latest research. The doctoral students are supervised by an interdisciplinary group of researchers from all participating disciplines.


A cornerstone of the graduate school is Konstanz’s Life Science study programme. The Research School builds on this programme and familiarizes doctoral students with current research topics. They learn to understand complex biological processes at the molecular level. In fact, the demand for scientists that have been trained at the interface of chemistry and biology is increasing.

The goal of the Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology is to strengthen and enhance research beyond the boundaries of traditional scientific disciplines. A diversified network secures the connection to other research institutions as well as opportunities for practical experience. The cooperation partners of the Research School include, amongst others, Harvard University (HMS), the universities of Stanford, Kanpur (IIT) and Nanyang (NTU), as well as leading universities in Switzerland and prominent companies.