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PhD Programme Regenerative Sciences (PhD RegSci)

The PhD programme Regenerative Sciences (PhD RegSci) has three sources of funding: Being part of the REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence EXC 062 “From Regenerative Biology to Reconstructive Therapy”, it is funded by the excellence initiative of the German federal and state governments. Furthermore, the doctoral study programme is organized under the auspices of Hannover Biomedical Research School (HBRS) and thus receives core funds from Hannover Medical School (MHH). Additionally, in 2014 and 2016 the PhD programme was selected for funding through the DAAD Graduate Scholarship Program. The total grant volume of REBIRTH amounts to almost 84 Million € for the funding period from November 1st, 2006 to December 31st, 2018. The following information can be found on this page:

Profile of PhD RegSci

The doctoral study programme Regenerative Sciences was inaugurated in 2007 as part of the REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence and was embedded into Hannover Medical School’s graduate school HBRS – Hannover Biomedical Research School. The programme provides multidisciplinary training in different subjects related to regenerative sciences.

The subjects cover

  • basic topics in regenerative sciences
  • regeneration of the 4 organ systems covered in REBIRTH  (heart, blood, lung, and liver)
  • additional organ systems
  • enabling technologies
  • regulations and processes involved in translation from bench to bedside

The aim of the doctoral study programme is to enable students previously educated in different subjects related to regenerative sciences, to communicate and receive scientific training across disciplines. Doctoral students enrolled in the programme have a background in life or natural sciences, in human or veterinary medicine, or in biomedical engineering discipline.

The major focus of the three year doctoral study programme is an individual research project carried out in the principle supervisor's lab. During the first two years lab work is complemented by weekly seminars and tutorials taught by REBIRTH faculty members covering the different aspects of regenerative sciences. Additionally, each student follows an individualized curriculum including lectures, seminars, summer schools and the like tailored to his or her specific PhD project.

Doctoral projects and postdoc positions

Each year up to 20 students from all over the world are accepted into the programme. Applications can be submitted via an online system from 1st December until 1st April for the program starting in October.

The PhD Programme Regenerative Sciences does not offer Postdoc positions.

Participating universities, institutes and partners

Currently, doctoral students of the programme are affiliated to laboratories of


The Leibniz University Hannover is involved with the Faculty of Natural Science and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering:

Faculty of Natural Sciences (Leibniz University Hannover)


Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Leibniz University Hannover)


A further partner is the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Prof. Heisterkamp)

Contact to Regenerative Sciences (PhD RegSci)

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