Graduate schools

Leibniz Graduate School for Chronic Inflammation

The promotion of young scientists is a central task of the DRFZ.  In a strongly translational approach, at the interface between basic and clinical research, we train specialists in rheumatism and other chronic inflammatory diseases. Accordingly, the graduate programs are open for at both PhD- and MD students.

Within the graduate programmes, doctoral students receive comprehensive scientific and technical support. In addition, they receive training in practical courses and soft skills workshops.  The aim is to identify the individual potential and to provide knowledge, skills and qualifications preparing best for a successful professional career.

Leibniz Graduate School on Chronic Inflammation

about LeGCI

LeGCI is the graduate program of the Leibniz ScienceCampus on Chronic Inflammation and was kicked-off in autumn 2017.

Each doctoral student completes a Supervision Agreement with at least three experiences scientists. Regular meetings with the Advisory Committee ensure an optimal professional support.

The additional curriculum includes seminars and lectures on immunology and chronic inflammation research, courses and workshops to improve the scientific and personal skills and activities to foster research collaborations and personal networks.

Study Record Book
Each doctoral researcher documents the activities in a Study Record Book (see below for link).

Prof. Dr. med. vet. Anja Hauser
Department of Rheumatolgoy and Clinical Immunology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and DRFZ Berlin

Dr. med. Helena Radbruch
Department of Neuropathology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Dr. Katrin Moser (

PIs (principal investigators) of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Chronic Inflammation.

The LeGCI is associated to the ZIBI Graduate School Berlin and is a recognized graduate program of the doctoral environment of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The credit point system of the LeGCI follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

LeGCI Study Record Book
LeGCI Study Record Book
LeGCI faculty
List of ScienseCampus PIs

Leibniz Graduate School for Rheumatology

about LGRh

Progress in modern rheumatology demands qualified specialists combining medical and scientific knowledge. The Leibniz Graduate School for Rheumatology (LGRh) is a structured doctoral program open for students from life science as well as medical students. Our aim is to educate motivated and talented students to carry out translational research in rheumatology.

Scientific program of the LGRh
Science at the DRFZ follows the concept of a “pathogenic” immunological memory, driving chronic inflammation in rheumatic diseases and being refractory to conventional therapies. By combining experimental biomedical and application-oriented clinical research, new therapies, selectively targeting this pathogenic memory, are developed.

The doctoral projects of the LGRh are subdivided into three research areas:

  1. Elimination of pathogenic memory plasma cells
  2. Elimination of pro-inflammatory memory T-lymphocytes and NK cells
  3. Reset of tolerance and prevention of relapse.

The projects complement each other to cover the translational aspects of research at the DRFZ. Each project is jointly supervised by experimental and clinical scientists.

Students of the LGRh obtain

  • thorough, interdisciplinary knowledge on rheumatic diseases, their pathogenesis and therapeutic options
  • high-level interdisciplinary graduate training
  • training by both experimental and clinical scientists, promoting a translational exchange of knowledge and experience.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Radbruch
Department of Rheumatolgoy and Clinical Immunology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and DRFZ Berlin

Prof. Dr. med. vet. Anja Hauser
Department of Rheumatolgoy and Clinical Immunology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and DRFZ Berlin

Dr. Katrin Moser (

The LGRh is a joint program of the Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology and the German Rheumatism Research Centre (DRFZ) Berlin, an Institute of the Leibniz Association. It is integrated in the ZIBI Graduate School Berlin.

The Leibniz Graduate School for Rheumatology is funded by the Leibniz Association.

Partner in der Promovierenden-Ausbildung
Research Coordination Dr. Katrin Moser Phone +49 (0)30-28460-647
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