Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age-Related Diseases (LGSA)

The LGSA is a joint activity of the Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) and the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena. The program started in fall 2006. The LGSA provides ambitious training and research opportunities for graduates who wish to obtain a PhD in the fields of Molecular Medicine, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology or Systems Biology.
Training and research within the PhD program is interdisciplinary with the endeavor to understand the multifaceted mechanisms that cause the development of age-related diseases and those that cause senescence and aging. For further details please check our Research Statement.

We provide excellent research conditions where several scientists such as biologists, biochemists, chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicians, physicists and veterinaries work together. Lectures by resident and guest scientists, practical courses and training in transferable skills will accompany the program. The courses of the LGSA are held in English. Eligible are students that have obtained, or that will obtain within half a year, an academic degree comparable to the master degree or diploma in life sciences, chemistry, physics or other related fields.

All Graduate Programs and PhD candidates at the FLI will be integrated into the LGSA, following the same procedures and rules .

The LGSA is part of the Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM) which has been established as an umbrella organisation for graduate programs in the field of Biomedicine in Jena.

More than 60 % of our PhD candidates come from abroad. They work in a diverse and international institute with employees from more than 40 nations. Please look at some statements from the Diversity Day 2019.