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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 2/2024: PhD Project Title: The contribution of cytosolic chaperones to the biogenesis of mitochondrial proteins.

Topic Description: Most mitochondrial proteins are encoded by the nuclear genome and are imported into mitochondria after synthesis on cytosolic ribosomes. Accordingly, they face the challenge of maintaining an import-competent conformation in the cytosol. Despite recent progress, we are still missing a comprehensive picture of the repertoire of factors that associate with mitochondrial proteins during their passage through the cytosol and mechanistic insights into the roles of individual factors. The proposed doctoral project will close this gap and will reveal a complete picture of the chaperoning of preproteins on their way through the cytosol to the mitochondria.

Faculty: Faculty of Sciences
Institute/Section/Subject: Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry

Supervising Professor(s): Prof. Dr. Doron Rapaport

About the Supervisor(s): Interest in protein transport, mitochondria, and chaperones
PhD in 1995, Weizmann Inst. Of Science, Israel
1996-2006 Post-doc and Group Leader in the University of Munich, Germany
Since 2006 – Prof. of Biochemistry Tübingen, Germany
Web: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/46135

Requirements for the application:
Required Degrees: Master degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine, Biology, Biophysics, or similar topics
Language Requirements: English (IELTS 6,5 or TOEFL equivalent)
Notes: The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of a Priority Program.

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.
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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program
The University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Korean nationals from partner Universities wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.

  • Cheju National University
  • Chonbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Hanyang University
  • Korea University
  • Pusan National University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Sookmyung Women's University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University


  • Aims:
    • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Korean universities
    • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Korean universities and research institutions

    Target group:
    Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Korean partner universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Korea at the time of application

    Application Process:
    • June 30: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • between July 4 and 7: round of interviews in English
    • by July 30: Successful applicants will be officially informed and provided letters of admission.
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen

    • How to Apply:
      In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
      • Cover/Motivation letter with the description of academic characteristics that qualify you to complete the PhD project successfully
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts*
      • Proof of proficient English language skills - TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

      *List of required Academic transcripts (including official translation into German or English for documents issued in Korean)
      1) Bachelor’s Degree Award Certificate / Bachelor Gradverleihungsurkunde
      2) Transcript of the subjects and marks / Fächer- und Notenübersicht for your Bachelor’s degree/ für das Bachelorstudium
      3) Master’s Degree Award Certificate / Master-Gradverleihungsurkunde
      4) Transcript of the subjects and marks for your Master’s Degree / Fächer- und Notenübersicht für das Masterstudium


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