PhD program in Molecular Biomedicine

General Info


The PhD course in Molecular Biomedicine is jointly offered by the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Trieste and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).

The program integrates basic and clinical research in a multi-disciplinary approach covering the following topics in biomedical research:

  • Molecular Oncology
  • Molecular physiopathology
  • Molecular therapy
  • Immunology
  • Human genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Microbiology
  • Regenerative medicine


The official language of the program is English.

The course entails three years of full time laboratory work, and terminates with the submission of a written Thesis. During this time students will receive strong laboratory training, working in close interaction with experienced scientists. At the same time, students will attend to lecture courses and seminars jointly organised by the two participating institutions. In addition, students will periodically present their data in public seminars and participate to journal clubs coordinated by members of the teaching board.

During the first year students will submit an articulated research project; in the following years students will present their progress in public seminars. Students will be supervised by the principal investigator of the host laboratory and by one or more external advisors.

The program terminates with the submission of a Thesis written in English, which will be discussed and defended in a public seminar.

Students are trained for a career in biomedical research in academic or biotechnological institutions.

The School of Molecular Biomedicine is part of NEIDOS, Italian Network of PhD programs in Biomedical & Biotechnological Sciences.