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The TransCard program offers a wide range of training activities to provide a strong scientifc education as well as support the personal development of its students.


In addition to a research project in the lab, the scientific curriculum consists of

  • a Lecture Series covering cardiovascular and metabolic biology as well as clinical topics
  • a corresponding e-Learning Platform
  • Student Seminars
  • the monthly Wollenberger Seminar Series
  • the annual TransCard PhD Retreat
  • International Conferences
  • Methods Workshops at the MDC or abroad


A special feature of the TransCard Research School is the 'Clinical Visits' Program that provides students unique insight into the clinical perspective.


For their personal development, students are encouraged to attend centrally organized Helmholtz Soft Skills Courses, as well as Scientific Writing or Language Courses offered at the MDC.


Students can accumulate credit points by actively participating in the curriculum and through extracurricular activities such as teaching a course. Our credit point system helps the students keep track of their progress and identify areas they have to work on. The TransCard Research School is embedded within the Helmholtz Graduate School 'Molecular Cell Biology' at the MDC. In addition to his or her group leader, each student is supervised by a PhD Thesis Committee, which is organized through the Helmholtz Graduate School and meets once a year.


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