PhD programmes

Current year courses

PhD in Biomolecular Medicine
All activities run in english.

The educational objectives of the PhD course in Biomolecular Medicine are aimed at preparing researchers to work in academia, in public or private agencies, or in productive structures such as biomed-biotech companies. This aim will be pursued, by each PhD student, through the development of a research project related to an interdisciplinary contest within international research programs. Foreign teachers will take part to the PhD teacher staff and actively contribute by hosting PhD students in their laboratories in order to fulfill the research project requirements. The final objective of the present PhD course is the generation of new professional figures that could competitively insert into the world of work.
The Biomolecular Medicine PhD course is articulated into 2 curricula: Biochemistry and Clinical Proteomics and Genomics.
The aims of the Biochemistry Curriculum are addressed to provide students with a solid biochemical culture, either theoretical or methodological, aimed to develop a molecular approach towards physiological and pathological events.
The aims of the Clinical Proteomics and Genomics Curriculum are addressed to provide with a theoretical-practical education within both proteomics and genomics applied to the study of hematological, oncologic and non-oncologic, immunoreumathologic and cardiovascular diseases.
The aims of the PhD course span in the 3-years duration and are articulated as follows:
  1. First-Second Year: identification of the research project; acquisition of skills and investigative autonomy with regard to biochemical methods (curriculum Biochemistry) and laboratory base of proteomics and genomics (curriculum CLINICAL GENOMICS AND PROTEOMICS); writing and oral presentation to the teaching staff of the progress of the project research with discussion of the data.
  2. Second-Third Year: Collection and proposed interpretation of data, development of methods and technology acquisition, training periods in high speciality structures of the network of foreign laboratories associated with the doctorate or who are in partnership with members of the teaching staff or in the biotech associated (Nurex srl). The final goal is the acquisition of investigative autonomy with drafting and discussion of the doctoral thesis.
PhD in Clinical and Experimental Biomedical Sciences
This PhD program aims to provide students with the theoretical and methodological knowledge to carry out research in various fields of medical sciences, in order to train them for future career as academicians or researchers in public or private institutions. The PhD student will be trained: 1. to perform compete bibliographic searches in the international scientific literature with all presently available tools; 2. to select and use appropriate lab instrumentation and equipment to carry out in vitro an in vivo research; 3. to interpret primary and secondary data after statitstical analysis; 4. To write scientific reports, abstracts and papers based on research results; 5. To set up and deliver public presentations of his/her research with the help of digital tools. The PhD student will also be encouraged to collaborate with colleagues in the same or other scientific fields working both in Italy and abroad. Finally, the PhD student will also be motivated to refine his/her training also in other research institutions, both in Italy and abroad.
PhD in Inflammation, Immunity and Cancer
All activities run in english.

Educational objectives
In the last years, our view and approach of the studies on the pathogenesis of the inflammatory, immunologically and neoplastic diseases have radically changed. Such a change has been due not only to the development of novel methodologies and techniques (for instance, in the field of molecular biology, proteomic and single cell analysis), but also to the accumulating evidence pointing for a crucial role of the microenvironmental cells, as well as of the stem cell compartment, as critical components for disease pathogenesis. It is therefore necessary to offer a new doctorate course with the purpose to well prepare the future candidates to be ready not only to utilize the most updated methodologies, but also to perceive the pathological processes and the mechanisms underlying the specific functionality and involvement of the various cell types in a unifying vision covering inflammation, immunity and cancer.
The main objectives of the doctorate in inflammation, immunity and cancer relate to:
Research activities within an established group, followed by a dedicated tutor, finalized to a specific research program.
Acquisition of all possibile adequate and modern methodological competences finalized to reach precise research objectives. For these purposes, either the acquirement of specific methodological competences on basic biomolecular and biochemistry techniques or the acquirement of a scientific background on the most recent progresses in the biomolecular and biomedical fields, will be developed through the help of the tutors/staff of the same doctorate course, or via the organization of ad hoc lecture/practical course.
A series of activities, including specific seminars and specialization courses on topics dealing with most actual biomolecular and biomedical research fields will be programmed at our Medical School. Finally, the students will be encouraged to attend/contribute to Congresses, Meetings, Workshops and Journal Clubs.
Acquisition of the capacity to present, discuss experimental data or analyze/criticize/comunicate the content of recent scientific articles.
The integrated research approach, spanning from lab research to clinical settings, will be supported by a multidisciplinary teaching approach that will include: General Pathology, Anatomopathology, Immunology, Oncology and Oncologic Surgery.
For further information, please, contact the Coordinator.

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