The Centre for Biotechnology and Biomedicine attaches great importance to supporting early career researchers. Junior scientists are trained in cutting-edge technologies and methods and qualified for both industrial research and academic excellence.

Since it was founded, the BBZ has hosted some 27 postgraduate-led research groups. The Centre teaches young scientists leadership skills and how to conduct independent research. Former junior research group leaders now teach as professors at German universities or run their own businesses.

Doctorates at the BBZ

enlarge the image: PhDs at the BBZ in the period from 2015 to 2018
Between 2015 and 2018, 243 doctoral reseachers completed their doctorates.

What We Offer Early Career Researchers

During the lecture period, monthly doctoral colloquia are held at the Centre for Biotechnology and Biomedicine (BBZ). The half-hour lectures are an opportunity for early career researchers to practise presenting research findings, and thus acquire important key skills. After the lectures, there is enough time to answer questions from the interdisciplinary audience and discuss the research approaches.

Are you a doctoral researcher at one of the BBZ members and interested in registering for the doctoral colloquium?


Modern life science research is based on a variety of different methods and technologies. With its methodological workshop series, the Centre for Biotechnology and Biomedicine (BBZ) lets early career researchers get to know a range of research methods. In the workshops, modern methods and technologies in the life sciences are introduced by experts from Leipzig University, other universities and non-university research institutions in Central Germany as well as industry experts. This allows the latest research findings to be brought together with innovative product and process developments.

The workshop series, which arose out of the BBZ doctoral colloquium, takes place once a semester.
Sessions are free of charge and also open to students and academic staff.

So far we have held methodological workshops on the following topics:

  • Omics techniques in life science research
  • Cells in focus – cell sorting and analysis techniques
  • Genome editing technologies – the CRISPR / Cas9 tools
  • Modern bioimaging technology – microscale view into biological system
  • Nanopreparations for big applications.

We are open to suggestions for topics. Which methods would you like to get to know better?


Current Junior Research Group at the BBZ

The early career researchers from the research group led by Dr Maria Fedorova are investigating the molecular effects of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) in the formation and development of numerous human pathologies, including cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. One particular focus is on research into obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Elevated ROS/RNS levels lead to oxidative modifications of major cellular biomolecules, including lipids and proteins.
The researchers use modern bioanalytical techniques – such as chromatography and high-resolution mass spectrometry – to detect and quantify low-abundance modified lipids and proteins in complex biological samples.

Dr Maria Fedorova’s junior research group

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