International PhD Program

Andreas Merdes

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Team members

  Research engineer  Professor
  • Kerstin Bystricky
  • Jean-Marc Devaud
  • Pascale Dufourcq
  • Marta Kwapisz
  • Julie Batut
  • Frederic Beckouet
  • Thomas Clouaire
  • Andreas Merdes
  • Filipe Pinto Teixeira Sousa
  Associate professor

Research programs


    The CBI international Ph.D. program was initiated upon the foundation of the CBI in 2016 and includes all Ph.D. students. The ambition of the program is to foster a community of well-trained, highly motivated, and dynamic young researchers. The CBI Ph.D. program committee includes staff scientists representing all institutes of the CBI, and is supported by its directorship. Our aim is to help our Ph.D. students to become part of the scientific community, to guide them in their career choices, and to participate in their training. Surrounded by the stimulating and dynamic environment of the CBI, the program proposes in-house training courses, seminars, and social events.


    Planning of the CBI's year:

    To read and meditate: Twenty things I wish I’d known when I started my Ph.D.


    NEW: Facebook group for CBI alumni !

    Please join and share your experiences!


    ALSO: there is another CBI alumni group on LinkedIn:


    The CBI Ph.D. Mentoring!    created by Julie Batut

    Do not hesitate to contact Julie if you would like to become a mentor or you need advice. It became a doctoral school's module entitled  "Module Mentoring CBI Ph.D. program" and could be found via Adum!

    Our mentoring program includes:

    1. Individual meetings and discussions (at least monthly)
    2. Round table sessions  Program 2021/2022

    3. Career Workshop 

    Mentoring is a timeless concept with roots in ancient history. The word “mentor” comes from The Odyssey by the Greek poet Homer. When Odysseus, King of Ithaca, sailed off with his army to fight in the Trojan War, he entrusted his friend Mentor to care for and educate his son, Telemachus. The word “mentor” eventually came to mean a trusted advisor, counselor, and friend.

    The CBI Mentoring pairs new students with faculty mentors that match student interests and needs.

    Mentors are • Advisors, who have career experience and are willing to share their knowledge,
                          • Supporters, who provide emotional and moral encouragement,
                          • Tutors, who give specific feedback on one’s performance,
                          • Supervisors, who monitor their students’ academic and professional progress,
                          • Trainers, who teach students about professional responsibility,
                          • Sponsors, who are sources of information about opportunities and assist students in obtaining them, and
                          • Role models, who exhibit the qualities and ethical values that academics should possess. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (The National Institutes of Health,1999; Zelditch, 2001).




       in Toulouse, at the Paul Sabatier University, and in the CBI...


    Ma thèse en 180 secondes  c'est :                                               Only for French-speaking students
    • Un véritable défi : intéresser un auditoire profane et diversifié en présentant votre sujet de thèse en seulement 3 minutes chrono !
    • Une occasion unique de parfaire vos aptitudes en communication, tout en vous donnant la possibilité de diffuser votre recherche dans l’espace public.

    Tentez de décrocher votre place pour la finale nationale organisée par la CPU et le CNRS, et peut-être représenter la France au concours international francophone qui rassemblera les finalistes québécois, français, marocains et belges le 26 septembre 2019 à Dakar.

    Le concours « Ma thèse en 180 secondes » vise à informer le grand public de la richesse et de l’intérêt des recherches scientifiques, tout en développant les compétences communicationnelles des doctorants avec le grand public. Le but ? Chaque participant présente, en 3 minutes, un exposé de vulgarisation en français, clair, concis et convaincant sur son projet de recherche. Le tout avec l’appui d’une seule diapositive !

    De présentation de MT180 ici
    Pour s'inscrire sur ADUM à MT180 ici


    Two CBI students are regional finalists of MT180 2019:
    Coline MONCHANIN from Martin Giurfa & Jean-Marc Devaud's group

    Clair CHAIGNE from Patrick Blader's group.


    C2PO  The CBI's PhD and Post-Doc Organization. Do not hesitate to visit their website and participate in upcoming events!



    List of CBI PhD students 30/03/2023:




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