The San Raffaele University, top-ranked among the research universities in Italy, offers a PhD program aimed to provide excellent guidance, support and training to graduate students interested in understanding the molecular processes underlying human diseases and in designing new approaches for their treatment.

The PhD Course in Molecular Medicine operates within the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, one of the largest biomedical research environments in Italy and well renowned internationally.

Completion requires 36 months of full-time studies and allows students to undertake a major research project in one of the over 100 research laboratories present in our Institute. Training and mentoring offers students individualized professional development and a gateway for basic, clinical and industrial research careers.

The International PhD Course is split into four main research lines (Curricula) that span the broad areas of molecular medicine:

Cellular and Molecular Physiopathology

Basic and Applied Immunology and Oncology

Experimental and Clinical Medicine

Neuroscience and Experimental Neurology

A transversal Program in Gene and Cell Therapy, offers training to students of the four Curricula with specific interest in genetic diseases and in development of new gene and cell therapy strategies.

The International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine provides a program, called “Physician-Scientist”, that allows students of the final year of a UniSR Residency Program to attend simultaneously the 1st year of the PhD Course.

 

PhD Course Coordinator: Prof. Carlo Tacchetti

 

The procedures for admission to the PhD Program in Melocular Medicinefor the academic year 2019/2020 will be published between May and June 2019.

 


 

 

About 100 doctoral students are currently enrolled in our PhD Program in Molecular Medicine.

The number of available positions is reported in the annual call (54 positions are offered for A.Y. 2018/19). Full-time financial support is provided for every student we admit. The maintenance of the status of PhD Student and the renewal of the doctoral scholarship depend on the positive result of an annual examination of the scientific progress..

The scholarship covers:

– the salary

– tuition fees

In the current open call, 47 students are offered a UniSR scholarship (annual gross wage, before-tax, of € 18,000); the remaining 7 positions are without fellowship but the student will be funded by the hosting laboratory.

Annual research expenses (bench costs) are covered by the hosting laboratories.

During the second and third year, all students receive additional funds (1800 euros/year) to support participation to meetings and workshops. International collaborations are encouraged; if students move abroad to integrate the research activities of their projects, the scholarship is increased by half of the wage (for a period up to 8 months).

Our PhD Program is aimed to provide outstanding interdisciplinary training in the broad area of Molecular Medicine. PhD students are expected to spend most of their time working on a research project under the direct supervision of a Director of Studies and with the external scientific advice of a Second Supervisor.

Each year, the PhD Course in Molecular Medicine offers a panel of courses that expose students to the most exciting and active research areas in the field and provide training in the transferable skills required for a successful career in academia and beyond. Training is delivered in English and covers the three-year duration of the PhD Course.

Students are expected to play an integral part in the life of our research community also taking advantage of the many lectures, workshops and seminars organized by the San Raffaele Scientific Institute.

Students may have the possibility to be involved in teaching and in supervising undergraduate students.

a.y. 2017/2018

ACTIVITIES IN COMMON

PhD Student Invited Lectures

  1. Andres Hidalgo Alonso,December 1st 2017; “Neutrophils, the wandering cells”
  2. Eleonora Dondossola, December 19th 2017 – “Monitoring Cell Partners of Progression and Therapy Response in Prostate Cancer Bone Metastasis by Advanced Microscopy”
  3. Andrea Musacchio, February 5th 2018 – “Reconstitution of (very small parts of) cell division”
  4. Simon Mendez-Ferrer, TBD
  5. Philippe Avner, TBD

Using English to communicate biomedical science - 2018

Prof. Michael John, from February 06th to March 20th 2018

Every biomedical professional understands the importance of the dictum Publish or perish. In today’s world dominated by TV and the Internet, where the simple transmission of data is not enough, it might be more correct to say Communicate or perish. Communicating your discoveries and techniques to the rest of the scientific community could improve the lives of millions of people and, less nobly, give your career a boost and earn you endless research funds. However, it isn’t easy to communicate fluently and elegantly when the language you have to use is not your own.

The course aims to show how you can use English as a tool-of-the-trade in the same way that you might eventually use a stethoscope or a microscope. There will be numerous suggestions on how to prepare for and deliver an oral presentation at a congress to a peer audience and how to survive the dreaded question-time session. IT lab sessions will focus on effective slide creation.

The main part of the course will be dedicated to student group oral presentations, where the theoretical skills previously examined will be put into practice. During this phase, the rest of the class will be expected to participate actively by acting as an audience, therefore asking questions, and by carrying out overall peer review of the structure and delivery of the work.

Statistics in Bioresearch

Prof. Riccardo Fesce, Insubria University (dates TBD)

Most theoretical aspects will be touched by discussing the statistical problems and experimental data proposed by the students.

ACTIVITIES FOR EACH CURRICULUM

BASIC AND APPLIED IMMUNOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY

  • Newest insights into cell metabolism in immunology and oncology – June 2018

EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL MEDICINE

  • Dr Stanislas Marin, 8th February 2018 – “Illuminating the Dark Matter:  Mapping of the Large Structural Variation of the Genome
  • Dr  Anna Carobene, March 2018 – “Importance and practical significant of biological variation: Reliability of biological variation currently available in an online database”
  • Prof. Mancini Nicasio, Dr Clementi Nicola, Dr Esposti Federico, March/April 2018 – “Microbiome in the clinics”
  • Dr Chiara Di Resta, April 2018 – “Application of Next Generation Sequencing approach to clarify the genetic basis of heterogenous   disorders: the example of inherited  cardiopathies”
  • Clinical trials in oncology, April/May 2018:

Vanesa Gregorc – Main aspects of clinical trials

Ugo Bechis – Lecture à Privacy and data protection

Esposito Antonio – Radiological Criteria of Response

Luca Gianni – Lecture à How investigators designed cinical trials may significantly remodulate pharma regulatory aspects: neoadiuvant breast cancer    therapy example

NEUROSCIENCE AND EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY

  • July/September 2018 – “The neuron, a key functional component of the axon”

CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR PHYSIOPATHOLOGY

  • October 2018 – “Developmental Biology: Mechanisms and Models”

All PhD projects proposed are evaluated by the PhD Directorate to ensure that they meet the requirements of a three-year PhD thesis

Please find below the list of the Directors of Studies (with a link to their CV) and of their PhD Projects proposed for the academic year 2018/2019

Cellular and Molecular Physiopathology

Basic and Applied Immunology and Oncology

Experimental and Clinical Medicine

Neuroscience and Experimental Neurology

Program in Gene and Cell Therapy

The application to the International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine can be submitted, regardless of age or citizenship, by those holding a 5-year University Degree (according to the old Italian regulation), a Master Degree (according to the new Italian regulation) (hereinafter, the “Degree”) or an equivalent foreign academic qualification.

 

The procedures for admission to the PhD Program in Molecular Medicine for the academic year 2019/2020 will be published between May and June 2019.

Official Call - A.Y. 2019/2020

The procedures for admission to the PhD Program in Molecular Medicine for the academic year 2019/2020 will be published between May and June 2019.

Number of Available Positions

The procedures for admission to the PhD Program in Molecular Medicine for the academic year 2019/2020 will be published between May and June 2019.

Admission Procedures

The procedures for admission to the PhD Program in Molecular Medicine for the academic year 2019/2020 will be published between May and June 2019.

Application Form

The procedures for admission to the PhD Program in Molecular Medicine for the academic year 2019/2020 will be published between May and June 2019.

Selection Procedures

The procedures for admission to the PhD Program in Molecular Medicine for the academic year 2019/2020 will be published between May and June 2019.

 

Papers for Interviews

Attachments

The procedures for admission to the PhD Program in Molecular Medicine for the academic year 2019/2020 will be published between May and June 2019.

Rankings

Assignment of the Positions

Terms and procedures of Enrolment

The procedures for admission to the PhD Program in Molecular Medicine for the academic year 2019/2020 will be published between May and June 2019. 

The information above is an excerpt, for information only, of what is reported in the Call for application which represents, in the Italian version, the only legal communication of the related contents and therefore, in the event of a dispute, will only be valid the text of the Call in Italian

About 85% of the students after graduation have continued working in research as postdoctoral fellows (60% abroad, 40% in Italy), while 15% have chosen to work in related areas as clinical trial coordination, science writing, etc.

Placements after Graduation

Most recent placements abroad after PhD at UniSR:

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Harvard Medical School, Boston

– University of California, Berkeley

– University of California, San Francisco

– Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York

– University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

– Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

– University College, London

– King’s College, London

– University of Oxford

– Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge

– University of Edinburgh

– University of Lausanne

– EPFL, Lausanne

– Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel

– University of Zurich

– University of Freiburg

– CRG Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcellona

STORIES FROM OUR GRADUATES

Eleonora Dondossola(PhD UniSR 2010)

Current position:

Instructor,

University of Texas

MD Anderson Cancer Center,

Houston, Texas, USA

 

E-mail: EDondossola@mdanderson.org

 

Francesco Saverio Tedesco(PhD UniSR in 2010)

Current position:

Principal Research Associate &

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Paediatrics

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

University College London

 

E-mail: f.s.tedesco@ucl.ac.uk

 

Rodrigo Hess-Michelini(PhD UniSR in 2010)

Current position:

Investigator II, Department of Cancer Therapeutics

Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation

San Diego, CA, USA

 

E-mail: hessmichelini.rodrigo@gmail.com