PhD in Molecular and Experimental Medicine

This 3-year international programme provides advanced training in various fields of life sciences and molecular medicine. Run in English in collaboration with Riken, the largest multidisciplinary Research Institute in Japan.

Mission

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The PhD Programme in Molecular and Experimental Medicine (MEM) aims to address some of the main challenges of life sciences in an high competitive scientific research environment. The PhD programme is located in an international dimension, involving both Universities (Humanitas University and University of Palermo) and world leading biomedical research institutes in Italy (CNR) and abroad (Riken – Yokohama City – Japan).

The MEM PhD Programme provides training in various fields of life sciences and molecular medicine offering a stimulating environment with access to state-of-the-art technology and clinical case lists for translational studies.

Language: English
Duration: 3 years
Beginning of the academic year: early January 2018

 

Being a PhD student at MEM

PhD students are offered training by pursuing cutting edge research projects in diverse fields of life sciences and molecular medicine, including immunology and inflammation, genetics, oncology, neurosciences, molecular cardiology, and imaging.
The MEM PhD Programme offers students a stimulating international environment with a lively scientific life (seminars, lectures, courses, held by international scientists) and access to advanced technology.

Prof. Matteoli presents the main opportunities for students who complete Humanitas PhD program

Future opportunities for our PhD students

Admission Requirements

  • Laurea magistrale” obtained in accordance with DM 270/2004 or
  • an equivalent university degree granted by a foreign university (usually referred to as a Master’s Degree)

in one or more of the subjects indicated in Article 2 of the 2017-18 Public Notice

Applicants expected to complete their degree course by October 2017 can also take part in the application process. However, should these applications be accepted, enrolment in the PhD programme is subject to the condition that the academic title required for admission is actually awarded by October 31st, 2017.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed.

Read more about the admission procedure below. For further details, the Public Notice for admission to the Research Doctorate in Molecular And Experimental Medicine (MEM) is available at the following link: 2017-18 Public Notice for the MEM Research Doctorate.

 

Admission process

Admission to the PhD Programme is based on a public selection process consisting of

  • the comparative evaluation of the titles and qualifications and
  • an interview carried out by a Committee composed of a maximum of seven members.

The results of the comparative evaluation of the titles and qualifications will be published on 25th September 2017.

The aim of the selection process is to assess the knowledge, competencies and aptitude of the applicants for scientific research as well as their motivation for undertaking the PhD programme.

Based on the documentation received, those applicants who reach the minimum threshold specified in Article 4 of the Public Notice will be invited for an interview (conducted in English).

Interviews of the shortlisted candidates will take place between 9th and 10th October, 2017.

Should reasons justify it, the interview can be conducted via video-conference. Those who intend to conduct the interview via video-conference or request special assistance should specify this on the application.

 

Enrollment

Candidates admitted to the PhD programme must enrol through Humanitas University MyPortal. Enrollment deadline will be published on this page.

Further details of the admission procedure are reported onto the Public Notice.

Available positions and topics

There are 12 positions available, 9 of which covered by scholarships assigned based on ranking.
Additional scholarships may become available based on external fundings.

Proposed research topics are listed below; click on the project title to read the abstract, the main technical approaches and the scientific references of the project.

Research topics

Topic IDAcademic Board Contact PersonLaboratory nameProject title
1Prof. Arturo ChitiDiagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy In vivo characterization of Prostate Cancer and outcome prediction through the texture analysis of medical images
2 Dr. Marinos KallikourdisAdaptive immunityThe unexpected roles of T lymphocytes in cardiovascular pathology
3 Prof. Massimo Roncalli / Prof. Paola AllavenaPathology Unit and Cellular Immunology Laboratory
Reading the liver tumor genotype and phenotype, with emphasis on the inflammatory background, for novel biomarkers discovery: toward a personalized management and treatment.
4 Prof. Gianluigi Condorelli / Dr. CamboaHomeostasis and Pathology of the Cardiovascular SystemUsing Single Cell Transcriptomics to Understand the Origins of Cardiac Fibrosis
5 Prof.
Gioacchino Natoli
Transcriptional and epigenetic control in inflammation and cancerDevelopment and functional validation of epigenome editing tools in human hematopoietic and immune cells
6Dr. Sébastien Jaillon / Prof. Cecilia GarlandaExperimental ImmunopathologyRole of neutrophils in cancer: new approaches for better patient selection and innovative therapies
7Dr. Catalucci/ Prof. Gianluigi CondorelliSignal transduction in cardiac pathologyCardiovascular diseases: from the unravelling of underlying molecular mechanisms towards development of innovative therapeutic approaches
8Prof. Gianluigi CondorelliDepartment of Cardiovascular MedicineMolecular mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases
9Dr. Malosio/ Prof. Michela Matteoli
Laboratory of Pharmacology and Brain PathologyIdentification of novel druggable targets involved in cellular and metabolic alterations implicated in neurodegenerative processes.
10Prof. Michela MatteoliLaboratory of Pharmacology and Brain PathologyTumor-environment interaction: high grade glioma and brain resident cells
11Dr. Giulio Stefanini / Prof. Gianluigi CondorelliDepartment of Cardiovascular MedicineTranslational Approaches for Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases
12Prof. Stefano Duga
Medical Genetics and RNA BiologyLiquid biopsy for early detection and characterization of prostate cancer
13
Dr. Davide Pozzi
/ Prof. Michela Matteoli
Laboratory of Pharmacology and Brain PathologyRole of inflammatory molecules in physiological brain development.
14Prof. Raffaella Bonecchi / Dr. Matteo SimonelliLaboratory of leukocyte biologyTargeting chemokine receptors to harness neutrophil anti-tumor immune response
15Prof. Andrea Gerardo LaniaLaboratory of Cellular and Molecular EndocrinologyInvestigation of the tumor microenvironment and angiogenesis in thyroid tumors
16Dr. Lodato / Prof. Michela Matteoli
Laboratory of Developmental NeurobiologyDevelopmental Neurobiology
17 Prof.
Gioacchino Natoli
Transcriptional and epigenetic control in inflammation and cancerTranscriptional control of pancreatic cancer differentiation

Academic Board

NAMEDisciplinary SectorPrincipal AffiliationDepartmentEmail
Mantovani AlbertoGeneral pathologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences alberto.mantovani@hunimed.eu
Chiti ArturoImaging diagnostics, radiotherapy and neuroradiologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences arturo.chiti@hunimed.eu
Condorelli GianluigiCardiovascular diseasesHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences gianluigi.condorelli@hunimed.eu
Danese SilvioGastroenterologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciencessilvio.danese@hunimed.eu
Duga StefanoMolecular biologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences stefano.duga@hunimed.eu
Matteoli MichelaPharmacologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciencesmichela.matteoli@hunimed.eu
Natoli GioacchinoBiochemistryHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences gioacchino.natoli@hunimed.eu
Asselta RosannaMedical geneticsHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences rosanna.asselta@hunimed.eu
Bonecchi RaffaellaGeneral pathologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences raffaella.bonecchi@hunimed.eu
Roncalli MassimoPathologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences massimo.roncalli@hunimed.eu
Torzilli Guido General surgeryHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences guido.torzilli@hunimed.eu
Barajon IsabellaHuman anatomyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences isabella.barajon@hunimed.eu
Lania AndreaEndocrinologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences andrea.lania@hunimed.eu
Spinelli AntoninoGeneral surgeryHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences antonino.spinelli@hunimed.eu
Garlanda CeciliaClinical pathologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences cecilia.garlanda@hunimed.eu
Kallikourdis MarinosGeneral pathologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences marinos.kallikourdis@hunimed.eu
Vetrano StefaniaApplied biologyHumanitas UniversityBiomedical Sciences stefania.vetrano@hunimed.eu
Allavena Paola HistologyHumanitas Research HospitalCellular Immunology Lab paola.allavena@humanitasresearch.it
Vezzoni PaoloMedical geneticsItalian National Council for ResearchInstitute of Genetic and Biomedical Research paolo.vezzoni@itb.cnr.it
Villa Anna General pathologyItalian National Council for ResearchInstitute of Genetic and Biomedical Research anna.villa@humanitasresearch.it
Dieli FrancescoGeneral pathologyUniversity of PalermoBiopathology and Medical Biotechnology ( DIBIMED) francesco.dieli@unipa.it
Stassi GiorgioBiotechnology and methods in laboratory medicineUniversity of PalermoChirurgical, Oncological and Stomatological disciplines (Di.Chir.On.S.) giorgio.stassi@unipa.it
Caccamo NadiaGeneral pathologyUniversity of PalermoBiopathology and Medical Biotechnology ( DIBIMED) nadia.caccamo@unipa.it
Meraviglia SerenaGeneral pathologyUniversity of PalermoBiopathology and Medical Biotechnology ( DIBIMED) serena.meraviglia@unipa.it
Sireci GuidoGeneral pathologyUniversity of PalermoBiopathology and Medical Biotechnology ( DIBIMED) guido.sireci@unipa.it
Saito TakashiGeneral pathologyRikenIMS (Center for Integrative Medical Sciences)takashi.saito@riken.jp
Sidonia FagarasanGeneral pathologyRikenIMS (Center for Integrative Medical Sciences) sidonia.fagarasan@riken.jp
Takemori Toshitada General pathologyRikenIMS (Center for Integrative Medical Sciences) toshitada.takemori@riken.jp
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