Bonn International Graduate School of Drug Sciences
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Bonn International Graduate School of Drug Sciences

You have decided to pursue a PhD in the field of drug science - BIGS DrugS is the perfect addition! We offer a modern, structured, three-year training program. Scientists from the two large faculties of the University of Bonn, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, jointly organize this interdisciplinary training program and ensure the high quality of the program.

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at the highest level

The key characteristic of the BIGS DrugS program is the long-standing successful collaboration between scientists from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.

PhD Training Program

The BIGS DrugS training program is the perfect addition to your individual  PhD project. You will obtain your PhD degree in the Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences of Bonn University. Scientific exchange beyond your own field will broaden your horizon and open up your mind for other scientific perspectives. From the very beginning you are not on your own - you are part of the BIGS DrugS community!

If you have a supervisor, you can participate in our program at any time.

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Principal Investigators

The Principal Investigators of BIGS DrugS are leading researchers in different fields of pharma-research.

The Members of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences are leading scientists in the Institute of Pharmacy with its seven departments: 

  • Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical & Cell Biological Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Biochemistry & Bioanalytics
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Drug Regulatory Affairs

As well as leading scientists at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology.

Members of the Faculty of Medicine are leading scientists in the following institutes:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cellular Neuroscience
  • Experimental Hematology & Transfusion Medicine
  • Molecular Psychiatry
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Physiology I
  • Structural Biology

Moreover, members of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and of the “German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases” (DZNE) also act as Prinicipal Investigators. The wide range of research fields and topics, and the international network represent a great benefit for the PhD students.

News and Events of BIGS Drugs

Bayer AG Thesis Prize 2023

As in previous years, Bayer AG, in cooperation with the Pharma Center Bonn and the Limes Institute, awards three prizes for outstanding PhD theses in the field of pharmaceutical research in 2023.

Pharmaceutical Colloquium

Current program

For more than 30 years the Pharmaceutical Colloquium offers excellent lectures on current topics in drug discovery and related fields.

Carolin Keip received Poster Award at the Annual Meeting of the DGKPha

BIGS DrugS PhD student Carolin Keip received the Poster Award of the Dr August and Dr Anni Lesmüller Foundation for her poster with the title „Entwicklung von Instrumenten zur Qualitätssicherung von Medikationsanalysen in öffentlichen Apotheken“ at the Annual Meeting of the German Society of Clinical Pharmacy (DGKPha) on November 19th, 2023. Congratulate on this award!

Carl Wilhelm Scheele Prize for Dr. Tobias Claff

BIGS DrugS graduate Dr. Tobias Claff received one of the two Carl Wilhelm Scheele Prizes 2023. The prize is awarded annually by the "Deutsche Pharmazeutische Gesellschaft" (DPhG) and  honors outstanding doctoral theses.

Anna Böhmer wins Poster Award at the DPhG Annual Meeting

BIGS DrugS PhD student Anna Böhmer won a Poster Award at the Annual Meeting of DPhG (German Pharmaceutical Society) in the section Clinical Pharmacy for her poster presentation titled "Prioritisation and Identification of Adverse Drug Reactions in routinely collected electronic data sources during hospitalisation: A RAND survey". Her award was funded by the Dr. August und Dr. Anni Lesmüller Foundation. We congratulate her on this outstanding accomplishment!

Award for Lars Wismar

BIGS DrugS PhD student Lars Wismar (working group Prof. U.Jaehde) received the ADKA training project award "Diploma". He received this award for his diploma thesis with the title "Verbesserte Arzneimitteltherapiesicherheit parenteraler Arzneimittelapplikation durch den Einsatz von Smart-Infusionssystemen – Untersuchung des Status quo und Entwicklung eines Standardisierungskonzepts in Deutschland".

Poster Prize for Caroline S. Pikullik

During the ACS Publication Symposium - Biological & Medicinal Chemistry the participants presented around 90 Posters. The participants and the visitors honored Carolin Pikullik's poster with the audience award. 

Poster Prize for Ghazl Al Hamwi

During the 2nd IRN I-GPCRnet Annual Meeting the participants presented 44 posters. Ghazl's was one of the six that have been awarded.

What do Graduates say about BIGS DrugS?

 Our graduates work

  • at universities in Germany and abroad
  • in the pharmaceutical industry
  • in health institutions
  • as patent attorneys and as business consultants.

We asked graduates about their opinion of the BIGS DrugS program.

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Contact us

If you should have any questions, suggestions or comments about BIGS DrugS, our researchers, or our program, please do not hesitate to contact us, preferably by email. We could then schedule a phone call, zoom or personal meeting.

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Dr. rer. nat. Amelie Fiene

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Dorothee Müssemeier


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