Helmholtz Graduate School for Macromolecular Bioscience

Cooperating Partners

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon – Institute of Active Polymers in Teltow

Focus Area

  • Helmholtz POF III Program “BioInterfaces in Technology and Medicine“ in the Research Field “Key Technologies”
  • HVI – Helmholtz Virtual Institute „Multifunctional Biomaterials for Medicine“ (Start 2011)

Research Topics and Methods

Fundamental research at the Institute of Biomaterial Science (former Centre for Biomaterial Development) in Teltow is focused on the development of multifunctional, polymer-based materials for applications in Regenerative Medicine. Multifunctional biomaterial systems allow tailoring of material properties and functions (e.g. shape-memory effect or the capability of controlled drug release) to the requirements of a specific application.

These complex demands cannot be completely fulfilled by the materials established in clinics. The research strategy follows a comprehensive approach by addressing design, synthesis, and processing of biomaterials, testing for cell tolerance, immune response and toxicity, as well as examination of interactions of polymers with biological environments.

The research and innovation platform “biomaterial science and bioactive environments”, which could be realized in Teltow with the establishment of the Biomedical Technology Centre, allows the production of cell culture devices, implants and controlled drug delivery systems both on a laboratory scale and on scales suitable for pre-clinical or clinical tests.

The translation of the results from fundamental research in clinical applications is performed especially at the Berlin-Brandenburg Centre for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT), which is the jointly operated clinical translation centre of Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Teltow.

Graduate Programme
Graduate School „Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies“ (BSRT)
Participating Member since 2006
DFG financed by Germany’s Excellence Initiative

Universität Potsdam (UP)

Focus Area

  • ”Functional Soft Matter"

Research Topics and Methods
Langmuir-Blodgett-Labor; Atomic force microscopy, „Smart Gels“, Functional molecules and -polymers, Biosensors, Hybrid- and Biomaterials, Nanodiagnostics, Biomonitoring

Graduate Programme
Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS),
Master Programmes in:
Polymer Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics and Molecular Biology

Freie Universität Berlin (FUB)

Focus Area

  • „Nanoskalige Funktionsmaterialien“
  • Bioanalytic Core Facility; Centre for Light and Electronmicroscopy

Research Topics and Methods
Supramolecular and multivalent Interaction, Modeling, Macromolecualr Systems, Biomembranes, Hybrid Materials, Nanomedicine

Graduate Programme
Dahlem Research School (DRS)
PhD programmes in:
“Biomedical Sciences” and “Molecular Sciences“