The GRADE center iQbio is a cooperation between the Goethe University Frankfurt (GUF) and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). With an emphasis on research in the fields of experimental and theoretical quantitative biology, it is central for the GUF profile area ‘Structure and dynamics of Life’.
For young researchers at the beginning of their careers, the GRADE center iQbio aims to provide a broad range of thematically and methodically focused events, lectures, and workshops. In addition, we offer workshops and seminars for the development of professional and scientific skills, financial support for conferences, research stays, PhD and Postdoc symposia as well as career coaching.

Research Focus

The physicochemical interactions between macromolecular components create a cellular machinery of great complexity with an intertwined meshwork of actions and reactions. Whereas core molecular repertoires have been identified and biochemically characterized at the atomistic level, we understand very little about how the cells, tissues, and organs function as a whole and how they communicate. To approach this problem, many scientists study specific molecules, complexes, processes, or pathways in isolation, as it is currently not possible to integrate all dimensions. Nevertheless, to fully understand life, all obtained information needs to be placed back into its native context or into larger networks. For this, quantitative analyses at high temporal and spatial resolution and the integration of experimental and computational/mathematical research are necessary. Working at the interface between different fields of natural and life sciences requires efficient communication. This is precisely the strategy that the GRADE center iQbio aims to train graduate students and Postdocs in, because one of the biggest hurdles for the successful application of computational methods in experimental biology is the difficulty to translate biological hypotheses into computational methods because experimentalists and modelers tend to use different ‘languages’ to describe their findings and methods.


For our PhD students and postdocs we organize workshops and seminars in our thematic focus at the interface between experimental and computational biology and further topics. We also offer additional professional skills workshops to strengthen key competencies. All workshops and seminars from the GRADE center iQbio are free of charge and participation is voluntary.

Travel Grant

One of the main goals of the GRADE center iQbio is to provide a platform and support for PhD students and postdocs that perform interdisciplinary research in the profile area ‘Structure and dynamics of Life’. Conference contributions and the personal exchange among scientists are a central part of scientific research and education. To advance their research and build a scientific network, the GRADE center iQbio offers to its members to apply for travel grants for conferences and research stays.

Any member of our GRADE center iQbio can apply for a travel grant, for this you need to download and fill out the application. Fully completed applications can be sent via mail to Please read the guidelines beforehand.

Open Access Funding

With our Open Access Publication Funding the GRADE center iQbio grants a fixed allowance for the publication of research results via open access for PhD students and postdocs that perform interdisciplinary research in the profile area ‘Structure and dynamics of Life’ and are members of the GRADE center iQbio.

Only peer-reviewed Open Access publications will be funded up to 2.000 Euro per year and applicant. Before applying with the GRADE Center iQbio you have to submit an application to the University Library (UB) for support of an Open Access publication. For more information please read the guideline beforehand.


We welcome researchers at PhD student or postdoc level located at Goethe University Frankfurt, at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), the MPIs for Brain Research or Biophysics or other cooperating institutions who perform interdisciplinary research in the profile area ‘Structure and Dynamics of Life’ and are interested in quantitative, multiscale or theoretical approaches to participate and join our Center.


GRADE was founded in 2009 as the graduate academy of Goethe University and is now the central scientific institution for the interdisciplinary qualification of scientists in their early professional phase.



Prof. Michaela Müller-McNicoll, PhD
Professor of RNA Regulation in Higher Eukaryotes
Faculty 15, Goethe University Frankfurt


Dr. Dorith Wunnicke-Kortz
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-29480


Doris Hardt
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-47613
Patricia Vogel
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-47688


Dr. Brigitte Held
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-49404
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