Graduate School

Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG)

The Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) aims to meet the individual career needs of young researchers and to prepare them for knowledge transfer from basic research to the application of cognitive resources.

We offer young scientists structured doctoral training in an interdisciplinary and international environment. Our Principal Investigators (PIs) are internationally recognized scientists who conduct pioneering research and cover a wide range of expertise. We intend to foster the academic independence of our students by immersing them in high-quality research and fostering critical thinking skills, lively exchange with other scholars, and active participation.

Individual career needs will be addressed in general by providing a profound scientific background and education for all participating doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to enable communication between the interdisciplinary fields and preparation of the young researchers to their further scientific career.

All communication and courses are conducted in English. The international character of IRTG members and interdisciplinary projects create a highly innovative research and study environment that encourages ‘thinking outside the box’. IRTG also serves as a discussion platform for students and PIs to deal with important ethical issues of neural resource enhancement and emphasize ethical principles of animal and human experimentation in the study program. 


Coordinator of the CRC 1436 graduate school Esra Boz

Dr. Esra Boz

CRC 1436 member Toemme Noesselt

Prof. Dr. Toemme Noesselt

CRC 1436 member Oliver Stork

Prof. Dr. Oliver Stork

Prof. Dr. Toemme Noesselt

Toemme Noesselt is the Chair of the Biological Psychology Department of the Institute of Psychology. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at the Universities of Heidelberg, Düsseldorf and UCLA, USA, completed his PhD at the University of Magdeburg and a PostDoc at the UCL, UK in Jon Driver’s lab. His research aims at identifying the neural underpinnings of multisensory perception and memory by combining behavioural with electrophysiological and brain-imaging read-outs.   

Prof. Dr. Oliver Stork

Prof. Dr. Oliver Stork is head of the Department of Genetics & Molecular Neurobiology at the Institute of Biology at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. His research is devoted to understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the formation and specification of emotional memories. His special focus is on the analysis of local circuit processes in the context of the formation of engram cell assemblies in the hippocampus. He will contribute his expertise in the establishment and integrative analysis of rodent models for behavioral and memory research to the CRC.

In addition to the SFB1436, Prof. Stork is a member of the Magdeburg Collaborative Research Center SFB854 and the German Center for Mental Health in Magdeburg, and serves as a spokesperson for various neuroscientific graduate schools, including the IRTG1436 (this program), the CBBS graduate program and the GRK2413 (deputy spokesperson).

PhD – Students Representatives

CRC 1436 member Anwesha Das

Anwesha Das

CRC 1436 member Martin Matke

Martin Matke

Anwesha Das

I am a doctoral researcher working in the groups of Elena Azañón and Max-Philipp Stenner, at Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg. Prior starting my PhD in September 2021, I pursued my master’s in neuroscience from National Brain Research Centre, in India. At SFB1436, I am a part of the sub-project C03 and we are investigating the cognitive resources associated with motor skill learning in healthy humans. We use behavioural measurements and magnetoencephalography (MEG) data for answering our research questions.magnetoencephalography (MEG) data for answering our research questions.

Martin Matke

I am working as a PhD student in the C01 project of the CRC on dynamic modelling of structural brain alterations and changes in functional abilities during learning. My goal as a researcher is to help understand how changing environments induce neuroplasticity. This understanding may help to inform future interventions that aim to mobilise neural resources in aged humans. As a basis for that, I am also interested in ongoing improvements in quantitative MRI.