Ph.D Course
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3 years

Course description

The XXXVII cycle of the Ph.D course in Experimental and Translational Medicine aims at applying an interdisciplinary approach to human health to allow a valuable transfer of the most recent developments in basic sciences to the clinical practice. The main goal of the course is to overcome the compartmentalization often encountered between basic and medical sciences as a consequence of the obviously different experimental approaches used and to enable the Ph.D. student to acquire multiple technical skills, learn a scientific interdisciplinary approach (including cellular biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, physiology and neurosciences) and successfully export these knowledges to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a panorama of clinical pathologies. Indeed, although Translational Medicine is experimental by nature, it must be developed keeping in mind its potential impact on the improvement of human health.
The Ph.D. student will be asked to carry on an experimental study using specific and innovative technological tools, to adequately interpret the results of the study and to learn several aspects of the clinical research approaches in order to develop his/her own skill in evaluating the applicability of new technologies to clinical research.
More specifically, the targets of the XXXVII cycle of the Ph.D course are to provide the student with the know-how:

to fully develop the research project chosen among those proposed for the XXXVII cycle and to master the experimental procedures needed to solve potential experimental difficulties
to adequately interpret and discuss the obtained results, to write scientific reports and to present the data to the scientific community at national and international meetings
to be able to experience a period (6-18 months) of research in a highly qualified foreign research institution
to prepare the final thesis and to present and discuss it with a Commission of experts at national and international levels.

The Ph.D. in Experimental and Translational Medicine will be qualified for the Academic and Health Care community, for private and public research Institutions and for biotechnological industries

Coordinator: Negrini Daniela
Academic Year: 2021/2022
Ph.D. Cycle: XXXVII cycle

What you need to know

The candidates must posseses a University degree in Medicine, Biological Sciences, Biotecnologies, Pharmacy, Chemistry and Pharamaceutical Technicques


You can enroll after a public competition for qualifications and examinations.
Number of Scholarships: 7
Positions without scholarship: 2
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Class attendance

The candidates must posseses a university degree in Medicine, Biological Sciences, Biotecnologies, Pharmacy, Chemistry and Pharamaceutical Technicques.

During the three-year of the XXXVII cycle of the Ph.D. course, the training activity will develop through: a) the progressive acquisition of the experimental and analytical skills inherent in the research project carried out in the research group and with the guidance of the proposing Tutor of the project, b) initiatives aimed at developing linguistic, informatic and programming skills and the management of research programs.

In particular, the training activity of the XXXVII cycle of the Ph.D. will consist of the following courses/seminars.

Compulsory courses:

  • “Statistical basis” held by Teachers of our Institution with the School of Doctorate
  • “Bioinformatics” held by Teachers of our Institution with the School of Doctorate
  • “Laboratory safety” held by Teachers of our Institution with the School of Doctorate
  • “International system of Biomedical Research”  held by Teachers of our Institution with the School of Doctorate
  • “OPBA (Organismo per il Benessere Animale /Animal welfare committee)” day for Ph.D students and researchers of the University of Insubria

Optional courses to be followed on tutors' indications:

  • Annual “Giovanna Tosi” Day – Recent acquisitions in  acquisizioni in Oncology and Infective diseases – Edition 2022
  • Annual "Brain Week" Edition 2022
  • Seminar "New approaches for direct sequencing of native DNA/RNA and DNA methylation"
  • Workshop "The latest progress in brain research"
  • Course (6-8 hours) on the “Use of electronic paramagnetic risonance applied to membrane proteins, metalloproteins and respiratory pigments (Prof. Fraser MacMillan, East Anglia University)
  • Seminar on Nucleoside transporters  (Prof. Marçal Pastor Anglada, University of Barcelona). 

Furthermore, integrative activities are foreseen within those organized for the XXXVII cycle by other Ph.D. Courses within the Doctorate School of our Institution.
The date and mode (in presence and/or online) of the teaching activity, as well as all details about time and location of the activity will be communicated directly to the Ph.D. Students of the XXXVII cycle at their institutional e-mail address.

For information

c/o Dipartimento di Medicina e Chirurgia - DMC
Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Via Guicciardini, 9 - 21100 Varese
Coordinatore: Prof.ssa Daniela Negrini
Contatti:  +39 (0)332 217104
E-mail:  daniela.negrini@uninsubria.it