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Welcome to the 4R Research Training Group!

Welcome to the

R-loop Regulation in Robustness and Resilience (4R)

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Participating research groups
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Fully funded PhD positions
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R-loop excitement

We focus our research on R-loops

Participating institutions

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Biozentrum I and Biozentrum II, constructed in 2018 and 2021 respectively, stand as contemporary architectural landmarks located at the heart of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (JGU) campus. These buildings are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and offer a modern multidisciplinary research environment that fosters development and collaboration. The Biozentrum buildings house four of our consortium’s laboratories, namely those led by Prof. Brian Luke, Prof. Peter Baumann, Prof. Dorothee Dormann, and Prof. Andreas Wachter.

Institute of Molecular Biology 

The Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB) is a modern and well-established non-profit research center with a strong focus on gene regulation, epigenetics, and ageing. IMB is located on the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz campus, in just two minutes of walking distance from the Biozentrums I and II. IMB is home to the International PhD Programme (IPP), a highly structured graduate program with a strong international community. The IMB building houses seven of our consortium’s laboratories: Prof. Petra Beli, Dr. Claudia Keller Valsecchi, Prof. René Ketting, Prof. Helle Ulrich, Dr. Juliam König, Dr. Jan Padeken, and Prof. Christof Niehrs.

University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

The University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (UMC) is a clinic and research centre with strong focus on clinical research, and translation of scientific findings into patients’ treatments. The UMC campus is only a 10-minute bus ride (or 20 min walk) away from the JGU campus. Three of our consortium’s research groups are located at the UMC campus: Prof. Sven Danckwardt, Prof. Thomas Hofmann, and Dr. Maria Felicia Basilicata.

R-loop club

Our R-loop club seminar series includes talks given by the experts in the R-loop field, as well as presentations by our 4R students. The seminars typically take place on the second-to-last Wednesday of the Month. All our talks take place in person.

Upcoming seminars

26
Jun, 2024
R-Loop Club with Dr. Sergio de Almeida – Joint event with SFB1361
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Biozentrum I, Hanns-Dieter-Hüsch-Weg 15, 55128, Mainz
17
Jul, 2024
R-Loop Club with 4R Students
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Biozentrum I, Hanns-Dieter-Hüsch-Weg 15, 55128, Mainz
23
Oct, 2024
R-Loop Club with Dr. Kavitha Sarma
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Biozentrum I, Hanns-Dieter-Hüsch-Weg 15, 55128, Mainz

Our commitment to equal opportunities in science

We are committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunities, supporting female scientists and offering support to families with children. Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is strongly committed to equality and diversity in all the institutions on its campus, which is ensured by its Equality and Diversity Office and multiple childcare facilities. We provide additional measures to ensure that female scientists obtain necessary early-stage career support and bring awareness to gender and diversity issues, as well as offer additional support to scientists with children.

Early-stage career support

  • Travel grants for conferences and networking
  • Mentoring programmes with the established Ada Lovelace Project
  • Provide role models by organizing seminars with successful female researchers
  • Support to scientists with children

  • Technical assistance for pregnant and breastfeeding scientists or scientists with family duties
  • Extensions of positions to compensate for research time lost during pregnancy or caring for a young baby
  • Financial support for emergency/out-of-hours childcare for parents
  • Family rooms and “Kidboxes” to entertain children at the workplace when regular childcare is not available
  • Gender and diversity problems

  • A mandatory awareness training for all group leaders to foster fair recruitment procedures and equal treatment of students
  • Seminars to raise awareness about gender inequality and subconscious biases
  • Gender Equality Ombudsperson elected specifically for 4R
  • Early-stage career support

  • Travel grants for conferences and networking
  • Mentoring programmes with the established Ada Lovelace Project
  • Provide role models by organizing seminars with successful female researchers
  • Support to scientists with children

  • Technical assistance for pregnant and breastfeeding scientists or scientists with family duties
  • Extensions of positions to compensate for research time lost during pregnancy or caring for a young baby
  • Financial support for emergency/out-of-hours childcare for parents
  • Family rooms and “Kidboxes” to entertain children at the workplace when regular childcare is not available
  • Gender and diversity problems

  • A mandatory awareness training for all group leaders to foster fair recruitment procedures and equal treatment of students
  • Seminars to raise awareness about gender inequality and subconscious biases
  • Gender Equality Ombudsperson elected specifically for 4R