GBM Young Investigators

Our Approach

As a subgroup within the GBM, we aim for a close connection to events provided by the GBM. As one central activity, we regularly organize a satellite meeting in the frame of the Mosbacher Kolloquium during which:

  • A plenary discussion with policy-makers is organized.
  • A chance to present your work is provided, both within the Kolloquium as well as to members of the Junior-GBM.
  • Interactions with scientists at the same career stage is easily possible.
  • Relevant information on funding in Germany and Europe is provided, with the opportunity to interact with successful applicants of different funding schemes.

In addition, we are undertaking strong efforts in organizing focused events for information and the development of skills relevant to our career stage. This happens in the frame of workshops, organized meetings, panel discussions and others. Such events for example cover training on professorial application, presentation and appeal hearing as well as interactions with selected members of industrial key players. You can find a list of present, future and past events below.


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YI @ Biological Chemistry

In a well-established joint venture with the journal Biological Chemistry (DeGruyter), the YI have since 2019 successfully organized four highlight issues, in which current or future young junior group leaders illustrate the broad range of molecular biology and biochemistry research taking place in Germany.  The review or original articles are guest-edited by members of the steering board and can be found here:

Part 1 (2019),

Part 2 (2019)

Part 3 (2021)

Part 4 (2022)

The next YI special issue is scheduled for 2024 and will again be guest-edited by us. Please click for the announcement.


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YI @ Biospektrum

The YI regularly appear in the journal Biospektrum, where we e.g. report on our group and activities:

Did you know?

The journal Biospektrum also serves as an ideal platform to promote the group of YI in showing their research activities, as exemplified here:

As a young researcher you can benefit from this platform and showcase your work/lab/collaborations within the Biospektrum. Just contact us or directly the journal ( to find out more.


Biospektrum - Young scientists introduce themselves

Martin Fischer - Genomregulation durch Tumorsuppressoren und Onkoproteine
Andrea Kneuttinger - Mit Licht Proteinaktivität steuern: die Methode der nächsten Generation
John R. Weir - Molekulare Mechanismen der meiotischen Rekombination
Till Tiso - Wie Mikroben zur Etablierung der zirkulären Bioökonomie beitragen
Karla L. H. Feijs-Žaja, Roko Žaja - Wie Mikroben zur Etablierung der zirkulären Bioökonomie beitragen

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Our Goals

We aim to establish a network of senior Postdocs and young group leaders, which provides a framework for interaction, discussion and concerted actions. By doing so, we hope to achieve the following goals:

  • Provide a means to learn from the experience of others at a similar career stage, to network, interact and collaborate
  • Establish a platform for the interaction with decision makers in science, politics and funding organizations
  • Organize professional, tailored mentoring for the next career step
  • Give an opportunity to present your work – in front of your peers, senior colleagues and potential future coworkers
  • Provide information and support on funding in Germany and Europe
  • Provide support during the (re-)integration into the German research environment
  • Act as professional advisors for members of the Junior-GBM groups

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YI @ Industry

You want to connect your research with leading industry scientists? Leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies will host 10-15 young researchers to establish personal connections, to exchange ideas, discuss exciting new science and to find common ground for potential novel collaborations. Make use of this unique opportunity to connect with a leading life science company on a personal level and network for possible future academia-industry collaborations with your lab.

In 2022 the GBM Young Investigators had organized an industry event together with Roche.

Past Events:
2022 - YI @ Roche
2020 - YI @ Merck
2017 - YI @ Boehringer Ingelheim


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YI @ GBM Conferences

Panel Discussion "From Science to Business - Challenges and opportunities“ during the 74th Mosbacher Kolloquium

On March 23, 2023 the GBM working group “Young Investigators” kindly invites all interested participants of the Mosbacher Kolloquium to a podium discussion about the do’s and don’ts you have to consider when planning your own start-up company.

Do you have a great, innovative idea and a smart team? Do you ask yourself what made some entrepreneurs fail and some successful?

The GBM Young Investigators invited experts from the start-up- and entrepreneurial field to give advice and to discuss the challenges and pitfalls.

To the Website of the Mosbacher Kolloquium.


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YI @ GBM Lunch

The GBM YI are actively participating in the well-perceived digital GBM lunch seminars. Find here more information and the actual schedule. Speakers invited and hosted by the YI since the start of lunch meetings are:

  • Sunny Sharma (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Andrea Kneuttinger (University of Regensburg)
  • Hauke Hillen (MPI Göttingen)
  • Cornelia Kilchert (JLU Gießen)
  • Jirka Peschek (University of Heidelberg)
  • Anna-Lena Steckelberg (Columbia University, USA)
  • Gerald Lackner (HKI Jena)
  • Susan Schlimpert (JIC Norwich, UK)

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Young Investigator Mentoring-Program

This mentoring program is aimed at young group leaders within the GBM and is intended to support and advise them on their way to an independent academic career. Experienced scientists will act as mentors to guide young group leaders in the efficient development of their scientific career and the acquisition of important key competences, help them in establishing professional networks as well as provide guidance in the preparation of job applications. Participating GBM Young Investigators will in turn mentor a PhD student or postdoc from the Junior-GBM network.

Who can apply: GBM Young Investigators (below age 45)
Application deadline: December 31, 2023
Program duration: 2 years, with 2-3 meetings per year

Please send the completed application form together with a short CV to

Please contact us at in case of any questions.


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Our Motivation

The years immediately before and during the initial period of an independent group leader position make up one of the most productive, yet most critical phases in a scientist’s career. Exchanging experiences with peers, opportunities to interact and collaborate, in particular during the (re-) integration into the German research environment, as well as reliable funding are key ingredients for success. This is particularly true given the rapidly ongoing changes within the European research environment, which increasingly calls for earlier independence. At the same time, the transition into a permanent leader position, be it academic or industrial, requires an ever broader repertoire of skills beyond scientific excellence and a strong network for support.

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YI Success Stories

We here provide a few examples of (former) GBM YI members and show how versatile they have continued their careers. Our current and previous members will always be available for discussion and exchange, either in an organized manner (watch out for Upcoming events) or upon individual contact.

Prof. Dr. Robert Ernst (Saarland University)

Prof. Dr. Kathrin Lang (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich)

Prof. Dr. Matthias Feige (Technical University Munich)

Prof. Dr. Janosch Hennig (University of Bayreuth)

Prof. Dr. Tobias Stauber (Medical School Hamburg)

Prof. Dr. Angelika Harbauer (Technical University Munich)

Prof. Dr. Vera Kozjak-Pavlovic (Würzburg University)

Prof. Dr. Lisa Münter (McGill University)

Dr. Melina Neumann-Schaal (DSMZ Braunschweig)


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YI @ Workshops

Dear GBM-YI,

On 16 May 2024, we are organizing an online workshop on the topic "Developing my research brand".

The success of an academic career depends to a large extent on how well you manage to develop your own distinctive research profile. The workshop offers participants support in the further planning of their academic career with a view to acquiring funding and taking their individual career profiles into account.

Workshop description
Particularly in transition phases, academics often need to reflect on their own position and skills and weigh up different career and funding options. Knowledge of research and career support programs as well as one's own strengths and interests are important prerequisites for making informed decisions regarding the next development steps. In addition, potential employers and funders are increasingly asking applicants to provide clear descriptions of their career and research profile in order to assess the fit with the institution or program.

The workshop is subsidized by the GBM, so that participation is possible for the low personal contribution of only 125€ (instead of 450€). The number of participants is limited to eight members of the GBM-YI working group. (Not a member of the GBM-YI, yet? You can register here:

If you are interested, please send the following information by January 19, 2024 at the latest to:

full name and position
website of the laboratory

Selection is based on the “first come, first served” principle.

We look forward to receiving your application

On behalf of the GBM-YI

Jürgen Lassak