PhD in Molecular and Experimental Medicine

This 3-year international programme provides advanced training in various fields of life sciences and molecular medicine.

Applications for the 2018-2019 edition of the MEM PhD are now OPEN!

Mission

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 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: January 1st, 2019

 

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, linked to the PhD’s cross-theme of regenerative and precision medicine.

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, with specific training on imaging, flow cytometry, omics and bioinformatics.

Additionally, Humanitas University offers to PhD students, in their second and third year, the opportunity of mobility grants to spend training and research periods abroad.

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 2018-19 Call for Applications.

Applicants expected to complete their degree course by September 2018 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 September 30th, 2018.

How to Apply

The application must be submitted exclusively online no later than July 31st, 2018 at 23:59 (Italian time) at the following link:

 

Application steps

  • Registration or access with your LOGINMIUR credentials
  • Application form submission
  • Payment of the application contribution

The application form must be completed in all its parts, on penalty of exclusion. In particular, applicants must submit all of the following documents in PDF format:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Motivation letter
  3. Copy of a valid ID or passport (for Non-EU citizens)
  4. Diploma Supplement
  5. Copy of the receipt of payment of € 30,00

Additionally, applicants may indicate name and contacts of maximum two referees, preferably chosen among those who have had a supervising role of the candidates. The referees will be directly contacted by Humanitas University and asked to complete a brief letter of reference.

Further details of the application procedure are reported onto Article 3 of the Call for Applications.

 

 

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 in English by a Committee composed of a maximum of seven members.

 

2018 PhD admission deadlines 

  • July 31st: applications closing
  • September 3rd: interviews 
  • September 17th: results and final ranking

 

2018 available positions and topics

There are 8 positions available
Additional places and/or scholarships may become available based on external fundings.

Positions without salary are open to structured personnel or collaborators of companies or institutions provided that they pass the admission process (PhD Executive).

Scholarships

The gross annual amount of each scholarship awarded by the University is € 18.000,00, paid in monthly instalments. 

This amount is exempt from income tax and subject to social security contributions.
PhD students are only required to pay an annual fee for access and attendance, set at € 250,00 for the academic year 2018/2019, including the regional tax and stamp duty.

Research topics

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.

Topic IDTutor / Academic Board Contact PersonLaboratory nameMain field of interestProject title
1Enrico LugliLab of Translational Immunology
Humanitas Campus
T cell immunology, cancer immunotherapy, single cell analysis of the human immune systemCellular immune responses against human cancer
2Leonardo Elia (Condorelli)Inflammation and Immunology in Cardiovascular Pathologies LabNon-coding RNAs in cardiovascular diseasesInvolvement of miRNAs in the cross-talk between immune and vascular cells in the accelerated onset of atherosclerosis induced by diabetes
3Raffaella BonecchiLaboratory of Leukocyte BiologyInnate immunityChemokine receptor targeting to harness neutrophil anti-tumor immune responses
4Gianluigi CondorelliMolecular CardiologyEpigenetics of cardiovascular diseases; molecular mechanisms of heart failure
5Ana Lleo (Torzilli)Hepatobiliary Immunopathology
Humanitas Research Hospital
Liver Cancer ImmunologyCholangiocytes-on-a-chip: a platform to identify medical therapy for cholangiocarcinoma
6Gioacchino NatoliLaboratory of Transcriptional and epigenetic controlTranscriptional control in inflammation and cancerSpatial transcriptomics in human pancreatic cancer
7Gioacchino NatoliLaboratory of Transcriptional and epigenetic controlTranscriptional control in inflammation and cancerUnderstanding metabolic regulation of the inflammatory gene expression program
8Maria RescignoMucosal immunology and microbiota UnitMucosal Immunology and MicrobiotaAnalysis of the role of the microbiota in tumor metastatization
9Francesca Faggioli (Condorelli)Inflammation and Immunology in Cardiovascular Pathologies
(Prof. Condorelli Gianluigi)
Cellular senescence and DNA damage response in post-mitotic tissues, in cancer and fibrosisThe interplay between cellular aging and immune response in human colorectal liver metastasis: senescence as a new prognostic marker?
10Giulio StefaniniCardio Center, Humanitas Research HospitalMechanisms of coronary artery disease progressionCoronary artery disease progression in patients with acute coronary syndromes and diabetes mellitus
11Carlo SalaPhysiological and pathological mechanisms of synaptic development
CNR Neuroscience Institute
NeuroscienceEssential Circuits and Neurons that underlie distinctive symptoms in autism spectrum disorders.
12Michela MatteoliNeurocenter, HumanitasNeuroscienceMitophagy and autophagy as a new target to promote neuroprotection
13Cecilia GarlandaLaboratory of Experimental Immunopathology
Humanitas Research Hospital
Innate immunity, inflammation; negative regulation of cancer-related inflammation. Development of a novel checkpoint molecule of lymphoid cells in cancer
14Elisabetta MennaInstitute of Neuroscience, CNR and Laboratory of Pharmacology and Brain Pathology, Fondazione Humanitas per la RicercaNeuroscienceRole of the SNARE protein, SNAP25, in aging.
15Stefano DugaMedical Genetics and RNA Biology
Humanitas University
Novel therapeutic strategies based on splicing modulationSmall molecules modulating splicing as novel CFTR amplifier drugs
16Maria RescignoMucosal immunology and microbiota Unit Mucosal Immunology and MicrobiotaAnalysis of the role of the microbiota in evasion of cancer immunotherapy strategies
17Arturo ChitiDiagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy
Humanitas University
Medical ImagingDevelopment and validation of Advanced Image Analysis for medical applications
18Rosanna AsseltaMedical Genetics and RNA Biology
Humanitas University
Molecular basis of multiple sclerosis and identification of disease biomarkers Study of altered splicing and backsplicing processes as predisposing contributors to Multiple Sclerosis
19Roberto RusconiApplied Physics, Biophysics and Microfluidics LabCell biophysicsAssessing the role of the microenvironment in cell migration

Academic Board

PhD Coordinator: Professor Maria Rescigno

Why
Humanitas
University?
An Established Institution

An Established Institution
Humanitas is a renowned healthcare institution that has offered Medical Degrees for well over a decade as a partner of the University of Milan.

An International Career

An International Career
Join our international medical community where classes are taught in English by experienced professors and medical doctors from around the world. Your degree will allow you to work as a MD in the EU and abroad.

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience
Direct clinical experience is supported by a solid tutoring system and starts in your third year, which gives you considerable practical experience.

Innovative and Active Teaching

Innovative and Active Teaching
Humanitas curriculum is enhanced by a wide variety of active learning methods based on a student-centred approach (Problem-Based Learning, Case method, Concept maps, Simulated patients).

Milano and Italy

Milano and Italy
Enjoy the style, culture, gastronomy and entertainment of one of Europe's most exciting cities. Venture further to experience the delights of Italy or use the opportunity to learn Italian.

Advanced Research and Technology

Advanced Research and Technology
Humanitas can count on state-of-the-art technologies and research experience. A new simulation centre of 1000 sm, designed according to the highest technological standards, will be ready for autumn 2017.

Contact Us

Contact
Humanitas University
Via Rita Levi Montalcini 4,
Pieve Emanuele 20090 Milan, Italy

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