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Open Positions 1
Time Span 02 Jan 2020 for 3 years
Application Deadline 28 Feb 2019
Financing no
Type of Position
  • PhD - Individual Supervisor
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
Subjects Immunology
Description According to the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesis, environmental influences during pregnancy that occur at critical developmental time points can have a lasting effect on disease susceptibility later in life. Epidemiological studies demonstrate that prenatal exposure to traditional farming environments has a protective effect against asthma in the offspring, whereas prenatal exposure to antibiotics increases offspring asthma risk. Though there is much evidence supporting the DOHaD hypothesis, the mechanisms involved during pregnancy and fetal development that alter offspring asthma susceptibility are not understood.

We are a lab that uses mouse models to study how 1) prenatal exposure to farming bacteria during pregnancy and 2) prenatal exposure to antibiotics influences offspring asthma susceptibility.

We have several exciting projects in our lab are looking for a motivated researcher with an interest in immunology, pregnancy and development to do a PhD with us. Regarding funding, we would apply for a Konrad-Adenauer Stipendium. We would act as your host lab and after discussion of your interests, provide a full research plan for the scholarship application.

If you are interested, please contact us!

Requirements Master's degree or equivalent in biology (immunology, development, microbiology or molecular biology).
Working Language
  • English
  • German
Language of Dissertation
  • English
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • List of Publication
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Charité Medical University • Department of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Dr. Melanie Conrad
Hindenburgdamm 30
12203 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 450 524 232