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The Darmstadt University of Technology is an internationally orientated research and teaching facility with a strong focus on technical disciplines. Within the TUD one focus of the Biology Faculty is radiation biology.
The Biology Department harbours many experts in the field of radiation biology, neurobiology, neurophysiology and developmental biology who work inter-connected in order to investigate the effects of ionising radiation on the cellular level as well as on the whole organism.
In March 2011, an international graduate school for research on the effects of ionising radiation (Grk1657) was funded by the German Research Society (DFG) within the faculty in order to educate excellent young scientist in the field of radiation biology. The close proximity to the heavy ion research facility GSI in Darmstadt provides the outstanding opportunity for heavy ion irradiation and renders Darmstadt to a centre of radiation biology in Germany.
From the TUD, Prof Markus Löbrich and Dr Dorothee Deckbar will contribute to WP4.
Markus Löbrich is head of the TUD Radiation Biology and DNA Repair Department. His research focuses on the mechanisms DNA double-strand break repair induced by radiation and chemical hazards. His group performs studies on the effects of low dose irradiations using cellular systems as well as animal models. He was involved in the RISC-RAD project. Prof Löbrich is member of the Committee for Radiation Risk of the National Radiation Protection Board (Ausschuss Strahlenrisiko der Strahlenschutzkommission), and is speaker of the international and interdisciplinary graduate school for radiation biology at the biology department of the TUD (Grk1657). He has more than 30 relevant scientific publications.
Dorothee Deckbar, co-worker of Markus Löbrich, will contribute to TUD activity in WP4. She has worked on the field of cell cycle checkpoint control and DNA repair after ionising radiation for many years. She is involved in the graduate school for radiation biology (Grk1657) as a principal investigator and is project leader in a collaboration working on individual radiation sensitivity after low dose radiation (ISIMEP).