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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | IRI Life Sciences | Research | IRI Independent Research Fellow Program

Independent Research Fellow Program

An inspiring postdoctoral experience goes beyond lab research – it encompasses continuous scientific training, professional networking and mentoring support for career development.

The Independent Research Fellow Program is designed to facilitate the transition to an independent research group leader position. The award provides individuals with salary and research funds for two years, and grants full access to the shared facilities from the IRI and associated partners. Fellows also receive administrative support for third party funding and junior positions applications.

This award is offered to outstanding postdoctoral researchers after a highly competitive two stage interview process. Candidates must have an impressive research productivity record and propose an innovative research project that ideally bridges research interests and expertise of different IRI laboratories.

The IRI is committed to promote the career of young investigators by providing funding, lab resources and mentoring support for a timely transition to an independent leader position in science.

Please check the News Section for future calls. Qualified and highly motivated candidates are encouraged to apply. For more details about the program please contact the IRI Scientific Coordinator.


Our first Independent Research Fellows are:


Dorothea Busse

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The project ”Network analysis of the therapy-induced DNA damage response in colorectal cancer“  aims to characterize the complex signaling network of the DNA damage response. The special focus are the differences between the dynamics of key kinases in drug-sensitive compared to drug-resistant cell lines. Experimental as well as theoretical approaches are applied to characterize these network variations in time, applying varies DNA-damage inducing stimuli.


The research project is supported by IRI members Nils Blüthgen, Christine Sers and Matthias Selbach.


Dr. Dorothea Busse

IRI Life Sciences                               


Adrián E. Granada

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My project aims to understand how the internal cellular and organism clocks affect the dynamics of cellular fates upon DNA damage. Specifically, how the circadian clock and the cell cycle determine the heterogenous response to radiation in breast cancer cells. I combine quantitative long-term live imaging of single cells with mathematical modeling.


The research project is supported by Simone Reber and Nils Blüthgen.


Dr. Adrian Granada

IRI Life Sciences                              


Varun Kapoor

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The project focuses on algorithm and software development for automated quantification of Microtubule dynamic-instability parameters in the Imglib2/Fiji environment and to model Mitotic dynamics as a few parameter reaction-diffusion system.


The research project is supported by IRI member Simone Reber and Stephan Preibisch (MDC/BIMSB).

Dr. Varun Kapoor

IRI Life Sciences



Senthil Kumar Subramanian

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The project ”The role of RNA‐protein interactions in exosomes during bacterial infection“ aims to proof the hypothesis of active bacterial RNA transport via exosomes into the cytoplasm of the host cell during Salmonella infection as effectors to modulate the host´s immune response.


The research project is supported by IRI member Benedikt Beckmann.

Dr. Senthil Kumar Subramanian 

IRI Life Sciences