Molecular Biomedicine
Biomedicina Molecolare
Course Coordinator & Office of Graduate Studies
Students' Office
Thematic Areas
The program is centered on the following areas: Molecular Oncology, Physiology and Pathology of Metabolism, Molecular Genetics, Tissue Engineering, and Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics.
The program is highly focused on experimental science; students are trained for a career in biomedical research in academic or biotechnological institutions.
Selection & Admission
The admission exam is based on evaluation of the candidate's curriculum and an interview. Candidates must submit the following documents:
1) A concise but complete Curriculum Vitae (with publications and communications);
2) A one page synopsis of the University Thesis;
3) A self-presentation letter, describing the applicants' objectives and reasons for pursuing the PhD program;
4) Two letters of recommendation from past supervisors or teachers.
During the interview, candidates discuss their previous research experiences, as well as general subjects pertinent to molecular medicine. Interviewers evaluate the background of the candidates and their attitude towards the experimental approach. In particular, interviewers try to establish the real commitment of the applicants to pursue a career in biomedical science. Working knowledge of English is also verified.
Students' Monitoring
Three figures supervise and assess the student.
The Supervisor is the group leader and mentor of the student. She/he has full responsibility of the student's career, signs the Thesis, and provides infrastructure and funding for research.
The Internal Advisor is a member of the School who is competent in the student's field of research. The Internal Advisor can also be external to the school, provided that she/he has the necessary competence and is easily accessible to the student.
The External Advisor is an Italian or foreign scientist which is expert in the student's field of research. External means that she/he is not part of the School, is not from the same institution where the student works, and is not a collaborator in the student's research projects.
Each year, Internal and External advisors receive the student's project proposal or progress report (they may also meet the student in person or via Skype), and send a written evaluation of the work to the teaching board.
Training & Education
The PhD program organizes specific seminars and journal clubs. In addition, the school organizes at least one Summer School dedicated to graduate students each year. Students are also expected to attend to seminars organized by institutions in the Trieste area. In particular the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the Laboratorio Nazionale CIB (LNCIB), and the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Trieste.
Students are also expected to present their work in a public seminar at the end of the second year (mid-term seminar) and before submitting their Thesis (final seminar).
Doctoral Thesis
The Thesis must be written in English, and is discussed in a public seminar (VIVA) in the presence of an Opponent. The Opponent reads and reviews the Thesis before the VIVA, acting as an external referee.
To submit the final thesis, the PhD work must be published or submitted for publication in an international peer reviewed journal. In specific cases, the Board of Teachers can allow submission of a Thesis if the material is judged sufficient for a publication in the near future, and the candidate guarantees that she/he will continue to work on it until publication.
Students receive the standard Italian University PhD fellowship (currently 16100 euro/yr) for the entire duration of the program.
Fellowships can be funded by the University of Trieste or/and by research grants of individual host laboratories (supervisors). The fellowship is increased by 50% for periods abroad (max. 12 months). Positions "senza borsa" are supported in full by external fellowships, and their amount is therefore variable (usually equal or greater than the standard fellowship).
Currently the program does not provide specific logistic or financial support for students. However, an efficient network for integration and support of foreign students is provided by the University of Trieste ( and the Regione FVG (