Winter Semester 2021/2022

IMPRS Lecture Series

Various lecturers


The IMPRS Lecture Series covers the broad spectrum of topics involved in the IMPRS and offers short tutorials on these topics. We offer also topics related to Research Integrity, Gender Equality issues and career perspectives.

The list of speakers is the following:

  • Dec. 6: Oren Moscovitz (MPIKG, CC)
    • The Glycobiology Aspects of Cancer
  • Dec. 13: Cecile Bidan (MPIKG, BM)
    • The Materials Science of Biofilms
  • Dec. 20: Angelo Valleriani (MPIKG, BM)
    • The Art of Statistics
  • Jan. 10: Heiko Moeller (UP, Chem)
    • Biomolecular Interactions Studies by NMR Spectroscopy
  • Jan. 17: Oliver Dumele (HU, Chem)
    • Porous Organic Frameowrk Materials: From Synthetic Methods to Gas and Energy Storage
  • Jan. 24: Ralph Graef (UP, Biol)
    • Live Cell Imaging
  • Jan. 31: Anne Grewlich (MPG, GV)
    • Science Goes Industry
  • Feb. 7: Hjoerdis Czesnick (DFG)
    • Topics in Good Scientific Practice
  • Feb. 14: Thomas Weikl (MPIKG, BMS)
    • Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Biomolecules
  • Feb. 21: Gender Equality Office (MPIKG)
    • Improved Awareness of Gender Issues
 Each lecture starts at 11am and ends at 12:30pm. Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

Cell and Tissue Mechanobiology

Cecile Bidan (MPIKG-BM)


Mechanobiology is a rather new interdisciplinary field of science, which focuses on how mechanics influences biological processes in living organisms. The mechanisms at stake involve different length scales: from the molecular, to the cellular, to the tissue level, and give rise to adaptive behavior like tissue softening or reinforcement depending on their mechanical loading. In this course, we will i) go through the key ingredients and concepts of mechanobiology in mammalian cells, ii) link them to tissue properties and their implication in different fields (e.g. tissue engineering, medicine, development) and iii) get an overview of the major techniques that generated the current knowledge in this field. 

The course will consist of two lectures per week:

Tuesday 10:30-12:00
Thursday 10:30-12:00

starting Nov. 02, 2021 until mid of January.

Adjustments can be done in agreement with the participants. The course will be proposed in a hybrid format or fully online depending on the interest and the technical challenges.

Information to join will be given upon registration.
To register, please send an email to Cecile Bidan:

Cell biology for life scientists

Ralph Graef (Uni Potsdam, Biology)

Please contact Prof Ralph Graef to register for the course.

The course is delivered also in form of a podcast.

Interested students can also attend the literature seminar on every Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm about "Cell Biology of the Centrosome and the Nuclear Envelop".


Introduction to Applied Statistics

Angelo Valleriani (MPIKG)

Statistics is a must-needed set of tools in experimental sciences. In almost every study, methods from statistics are necessary and their justification is required for a good level publication. Despite the availability of a number of powerful and sophisticated software, it is not always obvious what analysis approach is needed in any particular case if one does not have an introductory level background in the matter. This compact course will cover a few of the fundamentals in statistics.
The course will cover methods for estimating means and proportions by defining and computing confidence intervals. We will discuss methods for hypothesis testing for means and proportions using rejection region, p-value and confidence interval approaches. We will see how to use simple non-parametric and resampling methods, including ANOVA and simple linear regression.
In this course, we won't cover much of the mathematics behind the statistics but focus on examples and intuition. The course won't refer to any particular software but people used to work with any given software are welcome to use it in order to solve the exercises.
Everyone interested is welcome to join. This course will be available online only and will be delivered live in a compact form, for three days in the row, five hours per day around end of February. Registration to attend this course is compulsory. A registration site will be available here.


Roland Netz (FU-Physics)

The course is in German. Please contact Prof Roland Netz for further details.


Die Vorlesung  ist nach dem Studienplan für das 5. Semester vorgesehen und wird daher nur im Wintersemester angeboten. Der Übungsschein ist auch anrechenbar auf die Anforderungen eines Nebenfachstudiums Informatik sowie für die anwendungsorientierte Informatik im Hauptfachstudium Informatik. Vorlesung, eigenständige Entwicklung von Computerprogrammen in kleinen Gruppen, Übungsgruppen, in denen technische Details diskutiert und die selbst geschriebenen Computerprogramme besprochen werden.  

  • Fehlerarithmetik
  • Funktionen und Nullstellen
  • Lineare Gleichungssysteme
  • Interpolation und approximative Darstellung von Funktionen
  • Spektralanalyse, Fourier-Transformation
  • Numerische Integration, Monte-Carlo Integrationsmethoden
  • Gewöhnliche und partielle Differentialgleichungen, Eigenwertprobleme
  • Monte-Carlo-Simulationen, random walks
  • Integration von Bewegungsgleichung, Molekulardynamik Simulationen
  • Netzwerktheorie, Gitterautomaten