PhD Programme in Molecular and Experimental Medicine (MEM)

The PhD Programme in Molecular and Experimental Medicine aims to address some of the main challenges of life sciences in a highly competitive scientific research environment.
This 3-year international programme provides advanced training in various fields of life sciences and molecular medicine.
The Call for Applications for the academic year 2024/2025 is closed

The Programme

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.

Two different curricula are available, candidates are required to specify their curriculum preferences when applying.

  • The MEM Curriculum provides for the research activities to develop along, yet not remain limited to, the following main areas, including: oncological immunopathology, molecular cardiometabolics, genetics, neurosciences. An overall vision of regenerative and precision medicine is the theme running throughout the programme. The curriculum provides specific training for enabling technologies, such as imaging, flow cytometry, genomics and bioinformatics.
  • The MEM-Clinical Curriculum aims to combine basic or clinical experimental research activities with clinical practice involving patient enrolment and assessment in specific trials. The course provides for ordinary clinical practice in the hospital under the supervision of a doctor (up to a maximum of 20 hours per week) and experimental laboratory activities, which include but are not limited to cellular and molecular biology, information technology, immunology and the use of preclinical models. Candidates will be directly responsible for research projects approved by their clinical supervisor and/or laboratory head.

For both curricula, the PhD will be conducted in a stimulating environment involving the organisation of Journal Clubs and seminars given by national and international speakers, participation in congresses, informal meetings between different disciplines, as well as encouraging researchers to work independently and collaborate with groups abroad. Liaising with tutors and non-Italian discussants further develops the international dimension.

Career Opportunities

The PhD program aims to train experts in clinical and industrial research, preparing them to take up careers in biotech companies, translational research, in clinical or academic fields worldwide. Thanks to a “translational” approach, professionals will quickly transfer new knowledge from basic sciences to bio-medicine with the aim of creating new and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Matteoli Michela
Places available

6 places

The number of available places and/or scholarships may increase in the event that external funding becomes available by the deadline set for the completion of the call application procedure.




3 years

Beginning of teaching activities

1st December 2024

Application deadline
4th July 2024, 1:00 PM
Academic Regulations Research Doctorate (EN)

Regolamento Corsi di Dottorato di Ricerca (ITA)

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Didactic Activities

The PhD course in Molecular and Experimental is articulated into three main types of didactic activities:

Research activities

Every student is assigned a research topic under the supervision of a Supervisor; the research activity in the laboratory is a full-time activity

Mandatory frontal activities

Linguistics, Informatics, Research management and funding, Intellectual property are the main topics

  • Mandatory courses
Course name Year Professor CFU
Scientific Methods I Rosella Visintin 1,5
Science Ethics II + III Mattia Andreoletti 1
Flow cytometry at least once in three years 1,5
Image analysis at least once in three years 1,5
Microscopy at least once in three years 1,5
Scientific Writing II Miriam Alcalay 1,5
Bioinformatics II Simone Puccio 1
Biostatistics – basic I Daniele Piovani 2,5
  • Seminar series (Journal Club on a specific topic between the speaker and the PhD students followed by a public seminar on the same topic)

Elective activities

Seminars and courses, offered by the Humanitas University and Humanitas Research Labs, which the PhD students can freely join according to their research field and interests.

BIP – Blended Intensive Program

Among elective activities, PhD students enrolled to the second and third year have the opportunity to join the BIP (Blended Intensive Program) in Reserch Ethics and Integrity, organized with the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.

The course is composed of online classes plus an in-person part hosted on RCSI campus in Dublin for one week.

All costs related to registration, flight and accommodation for the in-person are covered by Humanitas University.

Admission Requirements

MEM Curriculum

Applicants wishing to enrol on the PhD course in Molecular and Experimental Medicine, MEM Curriculum must either have a “laurea magistrale” awarded in accordance with D.M. 270/2004 or equivalent qualification awarded by a foreign university (usually referred to as a Master’s Degree), in one of the subjects listed in the official Call for Applicants.

Applicants who are waiting to be awarded the required qualification at the date of submission can also take part in the selection process providing they have passed all of the Degree course exams at the time of the online application and are awarded the qualification before the beginning of the academic activities. In the event these applicants pass the selection process, their enrolment on the PhD course is conditional upon providing proof that the qualification is awarded.

MEM-Clinical Curriculum

Applicants wishing to enrol on the PhD Course in Molecular and Experimental Medicine, MEM-Clinical Curriculum must:

  • be enrolled on the Medical Register
  • already possess a specialist medical qualification

Alternatively, applications will also be taken from doctors in specialist training who will enrol in the final year in a School of Specialisation at Humanitas University.

Fees and Scholarships

PhD students are required to pay an annual fee for access and attendance, set at €250,00 for the academic year 2024/2025, including the regional tax and stamp duty.

Detailed information about each topic’s scholarship or equivalent contract can be found in the research topics table below, by clicking on each topic ID.

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How to Apply

  • 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, which should be sent by 4th July 2024, 1:00 PM. 

Further details about the application procedure will be reported in the official call for applicants.


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.

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.

A good knowledge of English is required and will be tested during the interview.

Should reasons justify it, the test and 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 form.

Academic Board

PhD Coordinator: Professor Matteoli Michela

Research Topics a.y. 2024/25

Topic ID Curriculum Supervisor Lab Name Project Title Discover more
MEM2 Standard Prof. Salvatore Piscuoglio
Prof. Luigi Maria Terracciano
Precision medicine research laboratory Identification of Putative Novel Targets for Triple Negative Breast Cancer Watch the video
MEM3 Standard Condorelli Molecular cardiology Inflammatory and Epigenetic Drivers in Heart Failure Watch the video
MEM4 Standard Massimiliano Mazzone Macrophage Dynamics Lab Decoding PDAC dynamics: harnessing genomic, transcriptomic, and epigenetic insights for precision immunotherapy. Watch the video
MEM5 Standard Sergio Marchini
Cecilia Garlanda
Laboratory of Cancer Pharmacology/Translational Genomic Unit Unraveling genomic and epigenomic changes in ovarian cancer precursors lesion Watch the video
MEM6 Standard Sergio Marchini
Sebastien Jaillon
Laboratory of Cancer Pharmacology/Translational Genomic Unit Monitoring disease recurrence in patients with pleural mesothelioma: a tumor-agnostic approach Watch the video
MEM7 Standard Domenico Mavilio
Marinos Kallikourdis
Unit of Clinical and Experimental Immunology Prospective longitudinal study for NeuroCOV characterization Watch the video
MEM9 Standard Maria Rescigno Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology and Microbiota Microbiome and transcriptome patterns linked to skin photoaging and melasma Watch the video
MEM10 Standard Diletta Di Mitri Tumor and Microenvironment Unit Dissecting immune cell diversity in cancer to unveil distinct contributions to therapeutic resistance Watch the video
MEM11 Standard Enrico Lugli Lab of Translational Immunology T cell intrinsic regulation of genome integrity in cancer immunology and immunotherapy Watch the video
MEM12 Standard Michela Matteoli
Alessandra Folci
Pharmacology and Brain Pathology Lab Investigating the role of Oligophrenin-1 SUMOylation in X-Linked Intellectual Disability animal model and hIPSC. Watch the video
MEM13 Standard Michela Matteoli Laboratory of Pharmacology and Brain Pathology Role of microglial receptor trem2 in controlling bioenergetic profile of neurons during development and aging Watch the video
MEM14 Standard Michela Matteoli Laboratory of Pharmacology and Brain Pathology Role of Microglial receptor TREM2 in hypothalamic neurovascular unit intercommunication: regulations of energy homeostasis Watch the video
MEM15 Standard Carmelo Carlo-Stella Lymphoma Translational Research Lab Single-cell analysis to identify signatures of response to immunotherapy in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma Watch the video
MEM17 Standard Enrico Lugli
Emilia Mazza
Lab of Translational Immunology Molecular mechanisms of resistance to immune checkpoint blockade Watch the video
MEM18 Standard Stefania Vetrano Laboratory of Gastrointestinal Immunopathology Applications of Low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in medicine for therapeutic purposes

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