The RTG1591 is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). We are dedicated to training PhD students in research projects concerning the post-transcriptional control of gene expression in directing cell fate, human diseases and plant-pathogen interactions. Successful candidates will characterize, on the molecular level, how RNA-binding proteins, enzymes acting on RNA, and various regulatory RNAs, including microRNAs, long non-coding RNAs and bacterial sRNAs, modulate gene expression. On the basis of animal and plant model organisms, students will explore how the post-transcriptional control of gene expression determines cell fate and diseases. The RTG1591 provides a structured post-graduate training program including various workshops and seminars supporting students in establishing a successful scientific career.