University of Heidelberg

COLuMBuS PhD Program at the BioQuant

The PhD program "Computational Analysis and Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems (COLuMBuS)" at the BioQuant follows the structure and content of the Research Training Group "Mathematical Modeling for the Quantitative Biosciences (MMQB)". PhD students at the Bioquant can choose COLuMBuS as their sole PhD program or become members of COLuMBuS in addition to participating in existing Heidelberg PhD programs (HBIGS, HGS MathComp, DKFZ HIGS etc.). COLuMBuS provides additional training and interactions in computational biology and modeling along the lines of the research program of MMQB, which offers a structured and comprehensive education in quantitative biology at the PhD level. Thus, the focus of COLuMBuS is on applying modeling, analysis and simulation methods to biological systems at different levels of abstraction - gene regulation, signaling pathways, mechanical cell properties and cell populations. It supports training of PhD students in systems and computational biology with respect to deterministic, stochastic, multiscale and spatio-temporal modeling approaches of biological processes and computational analysis of experimental data.

The COLUMBUS PhD program closely collaborates with the Research Training Group "Mathematical Modeling for the Quantitative Biosciences", the Graduate Schools Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS), the Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences (HGS MathComp), the Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics (HGSFP) and the Graduate Academy at Heidelberg University.


Prof. Dr. Karsten Rippe
BioQuant Center & DKFZ

karsten.rippe [at]

Prof. Dr. Thomas Höfer
BioQuant Center & DKFZ

thomas.hoefer [at]

Prof. Dr. Ursula Kummer
BioQuant Center & COS

ursula.kummer [at]






Contact: E-Mail (Last update: 29/05/2018)