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.

Course details

Degree type
3 years
Degree class
DOTTORATI - PHD – PhD programmes (university)
Supervisory body
Faculty Board of PhD in Inflammation, Immunity and Cancer
Teaching and course administration
Operational unit PhD Unit
Graduate School
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Main Department
Other Departments
Department of Engineering for Innovation Medicine
Macro area
Life and Health Sciences
Subject area
Medicine and Surgery