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Doctoral Programme in Molecular and cellular Biotechnology Applied to Health Sciences, Portugal

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The International Doctoral Programme in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology Applied to Health Sciences (BiotechHealth) is jointly organized by:

  • Two schools of University of Porto (UPorto) - the Institute for Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS) and the Faculty of Pharmacy (FFUP);
  • Four Research Institutions - the Institute for Biomedical Engineering (INEB), the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC), the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the UPorto (IPATIMUP) and the Network of Chemistry and Technology (REQUIMTE)
  • One Hospital - the Hospital Centre of Porto (CHP).

More than twenty institutions, the majority of which international, including universities, research institutes and companies are also associated to BiotechHealth.

The programme provides training in molecular and cellular biotechnology applied to health sciences, particularly in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, tissue regeneration, cell therapy and nanomedicine, microbial biotechnology, within a truly interdisciplinary and international environment.

The formal training component is limited to ca. 20 ECTS, allowing students to focus on training in a research environment and in conducting experimental work. The teaching component is intended to give them the opportunity to acquire crosscutting skills, particularly in the areas of communication, intellectual property and entrepreneurship. Advanced training courses and seminars in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology will be offered also, emphasizing the need for integration in advanced research environments. An essential component of the program is the collaboration with international research groups of excellence and companies. Students should spend a minimum of 6 months in another foreign institution (research laboratory, hospital or industry).

BiotechHealth will accept up to 15 students per year, based on stringent evaluation. As minimum condition to apply, national or international candidates must have an MSc degree with a strong background in at least one of the following topics:bioengineering, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, biology, medicine, biochemistry, nanomedicine, chemistry.in a relevant scientific field. Some of these students will be eligible for a grant under the FCT PhD Programme.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 10 July 2015

Doctoral Programme in Molecular and cellular Biotechnology Applied to Health Sciences : PDF

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Posted on 2015-07-06 21:08:01


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