The Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich (QBM) is founded in 2012 as part of German Excellence Initiative. The international PhD training program focuses on communication and collaboration between traditionally separate disciplines, ranging from biochemistry and medicine to bioinformatics, experimental and theoretical biophysics and applied mathematics. With its strong emphasis on anchoring theoretical analysis in advanced quantitative experimentation, and the excellence of the participating scientists, the school has a unique position within the European scientific landscape.
The core personnel of the school are the principal investigators represented by scientific coordinators of the program, the scientific and administrative staff, and graduate students (75-100 in steady state). In addition, an external scientific advisory board, representing the four key scientific areas (biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics/statistics/theoretical physics, and medicine) advises the school on organization and strategy.