Why join us?

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The TransCard program is an attractive PhD program for several good reasons:

  • Excellent and challenging research projects ensured by internationally renowned faculty
  • Constant mentoring of your thesis by your group leader as well as regular PhD committee meetings
  • A core lecture series to provide necessary background on concepts and methods
  • A unique Clinical Visits program to get insight into the clinical perspective of your research
  • Guaranteed attendance of an international scientific meeting plus an advanced course
  • Opportunity to develop your soft skills through external courses and teaching on site
  • Personal development through interaction with peers, influence on the curriculum, and organization of a retreat or research meeting
  • Opportunity to obtain a 'TransCard PhD Fellowship' to support your salary for three years (only for the top students of the central application selection rounds)


How to apply?

Applications for a PhD position within the TransCard research school are accepted through the central MDC PhD online application portal. Selection rounds usually take place twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Please visit our central website for further information and to submit your application.


If you have already started your thesis, are working on a cardiovascular or metabolic biology project, and are associated with one of the TransCard faculty, please contact the coordinator for further information.


April 2016
New TransCard Student
Please welcome Laura M. Mueller (Spagnoli lab), who has joinded the TransCard program on April 18th, 2016.

February 2016
Research Highlight for Holger Gerhardt
It is blood pressure that drives the opening of small capillaries during angiogenesis. A team of researchers led by Holger Gerhardt observed the process for the first time and published their findings in Nature Cell Biology. If you are interested please click here to enter the research highlights.
New TransCard Students
Please welcome Valentin Schneider (Huebner lab), Judith Huettemeister (Gotthardt lab), and Marta Bastos de Oliveira (Gerhardt lab), who have joined the TransCard program in February 2016.

January 2016
New TransCard Student
Please welcome Kristin Kraeker (Dechend/Mueller lab), who has joined the TransCard program on January 28th, 2016.

Application Fall 2016


Dr. Inka Gotthardt
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Robert-Rössle-Str 10
D-13125 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 9406 4258
Fax: +49 30 9406 2170