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PhD Programme in 

Molecular Biomedicine 

Length: 3 years
Organizing university: University of Trieste
Official language: English
Credits: 20
Admission: by selection 
Application deadline: 13 June 2024 01:00 pm (CEST)

PhD Programme

Organizing Department

Call for applications

In this section you will find competition notices.

Board of Examiners

In this section you will find the Board of Examiners of the competition.

Assessments and shortlist

In this section you will find the competition assessments and shortlist.

  • Molecular Oncology
  • Molecular Pathophysiology
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics
  • Functional genomics
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Molecular Immunology

The PhD Programme in Molecular Biomedicine includes basic and clinical research into a multidisciplinary approach covering various topics in biomedical research: molecular oncology, molecular pathophysiology, molecular therapy, biotechnology, immunology, human genetics, neurobiology, microbiology, regenerative medicine. This PhD involves a significant number of professors from the University of Trieste and researchers from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the Italian Liver Foundation (FIF), and the Oncological Reference Center (CRO) in Aviano. This provides PhD students with access to experienced professors, who offer a complete view of the most advanced research in the field of molecular medicine. A key element of the training pathway is the research activity carried out in the laboratory, where PhD students develop their critical approach to scientific observation and carry out a specific research project. The PhD Programme involves three years of full-time laboratory activities. During this period, students receive a strong laboratory training, working closely with experienced scientists. The Programme includes the participation of PhD students in intensive advanced courses and seminars held by national and international experts from both academic and non-academic backgrounds. Moreover, students periodically present their data in public seminars and participate in journal clubs coordinated by members of the faculty. At the end of the first year, students present a detailed research project; in the following years, students present their progress in public seminars. Students are supervised by the principal researcher of the hosting laboratory and a second supervisor, who may also be external. The official language of this PhD Programme is English and it ends with the presentation of a written thesis that is discussed and defended in a public seminar.

The PhD in Molecular Biomedicine aims to provide advanced training to young experts in basic, clinical or translational experimental research in the field of molecular medicine. It focuses particularly on areas such as molecular oncology, molecular genetics, biochemistry and biotechnology, microbiology, cellular biology, regenerative medicine, and neurobiology. As for thre PhD students, the goal of the Programme is to achieve significant autonomy in the design and management of a research project throughout the PhD Programme, including managing funding. The doctorate represents also a training tool for young graduates who intend to pursue a career in basic and translational biomedical research, whether in academic or non-profit settings, as well as in the corporate sector. 

The PhD in Molecular Biomedicine primarily leads to employment opportunities in basic and translational biomedical research. This includes positions in universities, hospitals, research institutions, as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The training also prepares students for alternative careers, such as scientific communication, teaching, or research funding management. The Programme is structured to provide a solid scientific foundation and high experimental skills. Graduates can find immediate employment in the corporate sector or they may continue their scientific development through several years of post-doctoral research, aiming to become independent researchers. 

This PhD Programme can prepare students for the following professional roles: 1)Researcher - involved in basic biomedical research in academic or biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry sectors.
2)Clinical Investigator - engaged in clinical research in academic settings, public or private healthcare, or the pharmaceutical industry.
3)Biotechnologist - working in applied biomedical research in biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry, university, public or private healthcare.



Alessandro Tossi - Coordinator

Phone: 040 5588705

Department of Life Sciences
Via Licio Giorgieri, 5 - 34127 Trieste 

Licio Collavin - Deputy Coordinator

Phone: 040 5588741

Department of Life Sciences
Via Licio Giorgieri, 1 - 34127 Trieste 

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