Who We Are

The IMPRS-CellDevoSys is the International Max Planck Research School hosted at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in collaboration with the Technische Universit√§t Dresden (TUD). Our research mission revolves around the question: How do cells form tissues and organisms? We are dedicated to training young talents who are passionate about truly cross-disciplinary research. We support early independence, continually mentor professional development, and help encourage great discoveries. 

What We Want

Our program trains the future leaders of science. We are looking for innovative and independent minds. With pioneering scientific research, a demanding curriculum, and incentives for swift training progress, our PhD program is tailored for those who aim high, are willing to take risks, and enjoy a rapid pace.    

Where We Work

Our research faculty and PhD students are located at various sites throughout Biopolis Dresden, based primarily at the MPI-CBG, the CSBD, and the MPI-PKS. Dresden is renowned for its dynamic cross-pollination of scientific disciplines in the Dresden Concept, along with its glorious baroque architecture and thriving cultural scene. Learn more about the city or our partner sites.

What We Offer

Our program offers several unique benefits to candidates, including:

  • outstanding research opportunities in a highly competitive environment
  • dedicated mentoring and early independence
  • open doors and interdisciplinary cooperations 
  • integration in a supportive and approachable international research community
  • cutting edge technologies in core facilities
  • financial security for the duration of thesis

How It All Began

One of the first International Max Planck Research School sites, the CellDevoSys program was founded by the Max Planck Society in Dresden in 2001. In 2006, the family grew larger when the TU-Dresden was recognized in the Excellence Initiative, marking the start of the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB).  Today, the IMPRS-CellDevoSys and DIGS-BB are partners under the umbrella of the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP), which shares resources and promotes ease of collaboration.

PhD Students here experience first-class doctoral training at the frontier of science. With PhD Students (or, as we call them, Predocs) from over 50 countries working under the dedicated supervision of our experienced investigators, we are proud of the collegial network we have created. Graduates of our program form an impressive worldwide community of researchers. In 2016 the program celebrated 15 years of training successful graduates who have continued down a variety of rewarding research career paths.


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