Our PhD school offers projects focusing on the understanding of molecular mechanisms that stand at the base of life and of pathology. In particular board members of the PhD school focus on I) molecular and biophysical analysis of biological molecules and their structures; II) control of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; III) functional genomics, bioinformatics and system biology; IV) molecular mechanisms controlling cell proliferation and degeneration, cell differentiation and development..
The PhD students are studying and doing research in a stimulating and multidisciplinary scientific environment, which is evidenced by the many research groups that constitute the PhD School (click here for the list). Examples (from past selections) of research projects that successful candidates could choose, can be seen here.
A list of publications by our PhD students can be found here.
The selection of candidates takes place once a year. The period in which selection takes place may change from year to year but are mostly in July or September. The deadline for application is normally between April and May (information will be provided on this website).
The selection consists of two steps: the PhD evaluation Committee first evaluates the CVs of the candidates and those passing this first selection phase are called for an interview (which can also take place online in case of need). Typically, around 10 PhD positions are available every year..
For more detailed information see below.
The PhD lasts three years typically starting in the fall each year (October – November).
The PhD SCHOOL IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY is an international PhD School thus all PhD courses and meetings are held in English.
PhD School coordinator: Prof. Martin Kater
PhD School vice-coordinator: Prof. Stefano Ricagno
PhD School secretary: Margherita Russo
To submit your application you need to register in the website of the University of Milan: here more information
Submit your application here (application on line ONLY): http://www.unimi.it/ENG/admission/92324.htm
- Master or equivalent qualification.
- Transcript of the exam list with grades (both bachelor and master)
- Diploma Supplement 1
- Curriculum vitae
- A research project 2
- Publications (if any)
1 Diploma Supplement, issued by the University according to European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES standards, or degree certificate in Italian or English from the University of provenance, indicating exams taken, corresponding grades and credits, and showing the statistical distribution of exam grades of each course. This document is not required of graduates/undergraduates of the University of Milan since it will be acquired internally.
2Research project: the candidate is expected to write a mock 3-year research project (in English). It may be based on the candidate's master thesis or on other scientific topics; however, the topic should be relevant to the PhD school. The quality of mock 3-year research project will be evaluated in the first part of the selection and will be orally presented in the second part of the selection. Main criteria for the evaluation are scientific quality, rationale, feasibility, and experimental plan.
Here below some suggestions how to write the research project:
Application deadline: September 1st 2021 by 2 pm
PhD candidate selection: September 2021 (from 13 to 17)
Start of the PhD: 1st October 2021
Number of PhD positions available: 8+2 funded by the project "Department of Excellence" awarded to the Department of Biosciences by the Italian Ministry of Research.
2 positions funded by the Department of Biosciences for the projects: - Study of the Huntingtin protein structure/function relationship; - Mechanisms of funny/HCN4 channel long-term regulation in health and disease;
1 position by Fondazione Istituto Nazionale di Genetica Molecolare (INGM) for the project: “MADE IN FAMILY: The impact of Maternal Anxiety-DEpression and ImmuNoinflammation on Foetus brAin growth and infant neurodevelopment. An iMagingepIgenetic Longitudinal study
For further information on this PhD school: http://www.unimi.it/ricerca/dottorati/111222.htm?dott=R11of1&anno=2019
Selection consists in:
Admission will be granted to candidates with a score of 70/100 and above
If you want to receive updates about the 2021 PhD selection or ask questions about the PhD school in Molecular and cellular biology please write to MCB.PhD@unimi.it