Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health

Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health

Academic year 2018-2019

General information

General data

Name
Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health
Centre/s
School of doctoral studies
Indicative number of places
20
Number of registered students
Official enrolment data
Other information
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Presentation

The doctoral programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health aims to train researchers in the field of biology, medicine and nursing, so they are able to apply the research and scientific method to the development of knowledge on the molecular basis of life, the treatment of diseases and health promotion.

The programme offers doctoral students the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to conduct quality scientific research in the different branches of Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health. For this reason, its membership of first rate research groups at the University of Girona, healthcare institutions and research centres such as the IdibGI is emphasised. Special emphasis is placed on students participating in pioneering projects in their field, which enables them to receive high quality training in the methodologies, research techniques and data analysis techniques needed to carry out a research project. Moreover, the aim is to train students to analyse and respond to the ever-changing challenges of science, with a view to a future professional career.

Learning objectives

The fundamental aim of the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health is to train high level researchers who are able to analyse changing contexts, respond to their needs through research and establish alliances with other researchers. This doctoral programme brings together all the research groups from the University of Girona and the Institute of Biomedical Research of Girona (IdIBGi) which have extensive experience, not only in the application of molecular biology, cellular biology ad genetics techniques, but also in designing statistical and data analysis methods in basic, biomedical and health related research.

Lines of research

1. Genomics and genetic architecture

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Oriol Vidal Fàbrega, Dr. Núria Sanz Ball·lloseraDr. Jordi Viñas de Puig

Tutors: Dr. Oriol Vidal FàbregaDra. Núria Sanz Ball·lloseraDr. Jordi Viñas de Puig

  • Analysis of the genetic diversity of animals of productive interest
  • Characterisation of the genomic architecture of adaptative characters
  • Environmental DNA

 

2. Cell and molecular biology in neurobiology.

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Gemma Huguet Blanco, Dr Elisabet Kadar García, Dr Joaquín Serena LealDr Yolanda Silva Blas, Dr Judith Mallolas Jiménez, Dr M. Ester Cubo Delgado

Tutors: Dr. Gemma Huguet BlancoDr. Elisabet Kadar García

  • Study of the cell and molecular changes induced by deep brain stimulation (DBS), a technique applied in Parkinson’s disease
  • Study of the cell and molecular changes produced by intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS), a technique that facilitates learning and memory.

 

3. Biotechnological applications of recombinant proteins

Researchers and potential doctoral theses supervisors: Dr M. Vilanova Brugués, Dr Marc Ribó Panosa, Dr Antoni Benito Mundet

Tutors: Dr M. Vilanova Brugués,Dr Marc Ribó PanosaDr Antoni Benito Mundet

  • Study of the molecular bases of the mechanism of ribonuclease cytotoxicity
  • Design, obtaining and characterisation of the antitumour activity of variants of ribonucleases and of the apoptin and coordination compounds
  • Study of the molecular structure and bases of the mechanism of apoptin cytotoxicity
  • Development of new technologies based on protein splicing applied to the design of therapeutic agents and biosensors.
  • Studies on protein structure, folding and oligomerisation: applications in the study of the molecular mechanism of protein toxicity in protein-folding pathologies

 

4. Cancer diagnosis and therapy

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Rafael de Llorens Duran, Dr. Rosa Peracaula Miró, Dr. Anna Massaguer Vall·llovera, Dr. Sílvia Barrabés Vera, Dr. Josep Comet Batlle

Tutors: Dr. Rafael de Llorens Duran,Dr. Rosa Peracaula Miró, Dr. Anna Massaguer Vall·lloveraDr. Sílvia Barrabés Vera

  • Tumour markers: anomalous glycosilation of seric proteins as possible tumour markers of carcinomas. Non-invasive biomarkers in prostate cancer
  • Molecular mechanisms responsible for changes in glycosilation in tumours
  • Analogues of the Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) as anti-tumour agents
  • Vehiculisation of antitumour agents

 

5. Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Jesús Garcia Gil, Dr. Antoni Prenafeta Amargós, Dr. Xavier Aldeguer Mante, Dr. Margarita Martínez Medina 

Tutor: Dr. Jesús Garcia GilDr. Margarita Martínez Medina

  • Microbiology of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Microbial diversity in infectious processes (infectious diseases)
  • Food safety. Molecular detection of pathogenic bacteria in foods.

 

6. Cardiovascular research

Researchers and potential doctoral theses supervisors: Dr Ramon Brugada Terradellas, Dr Sara Pagans Lista, Dr Fabiana Sílvia Scornik, Dr Guillermo Javier Pérez González, Dr E. Elosua, Dr Marcel Vergés Aiguaviva, Dr Oscar Campuzano Larrea

Tutors: Dr. Ramon Brugada TerradellasDr. Fabiana Sílvia ScornikDr. Guillermo Javier Pérez GonzálezDr. Marcel Vergés Aiguaviva

  • In-depth understanding of the role of genetics in cardiovascular disease, to improve diagnosis, prevention and therapies

 

7. Cork Laboratory

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Enriqueta Anticó Daró, Dr. Mercè Figueras Vall·llosera, Dr. Olga Serra Figueras

Tutors: Dr. Enriqueta Anticó DaróDr. Mercè Figueras Vall·lloseraDr. Olga Serra Figueras

  • Molecular biology of the process of cork formation in the cork oak
  • Reverse genetics of suberin: characterisation of candidate genes for potato periderm
  • Chemical and structural analyses of suberin.

 

8. Statistics, applied economics and health

Researchers and potential doctoral theses supervisors: Dr Marc Sáez Zafra, Dr M Antònia Barceló Rado, Dr Germà Coenders Gallart, Dr Carme Saurina Canals, Dr Rafael Marcos Gragera 

Tutors: Dr Marc Sáez ZafraDr M. Antònia Barceló RadoDr Germà Coenders GallartDr Carme Saurina Canals

  • Environmental and cancer epidemiology
  • Spacial Statistics and Epidemiology
  • Econometrics of health
  • Statistics, Econometrics and Quality of Survey Data

 

9. Statistics and data analysis

Researchers and potential doctoral theses supervisors: Dr Josep Daunis Estadella, Dr M. Glòria Mateu Figueras

Tutors: Dr. Josep Daunis Estadella

  • Statistical applications of CODA to science and the humanities
  • Statistical analysis of compositional data
  • Mathematical methods applied to medicine

 

10. Health and Health Care

Potential doctor thesis directors: Dr. Dolors Juvinyà Canal, Dr. Carme Bertran Noguer, Dr. Concepció Fuentes Pumarola, Dr. Maria Rosa Suñer Soler, Dr. Bernat Carles Serdà Ferrer, Dr. David Ballester Ferrando

Tutors:  Dr. Dolors Juvinyà CanalDr. Carme Bertran NoguerDr. Concepció Fuentes PumarolaDr. Maria Rosa Suñer SolerDr. Bernat Carles Serdà FerrerDr. David Ballester Ferrando

  • Promotion of health, Healthcare services
  • Old age, carers
  • Women, gender and health
  • Health emergencies
  • Well-being and quality of life
  • Comprehensive care of people with chronic injuries

 

11. Clinical Anatomy, Embryology and Neuroscience

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Enric Verdú Navarro, Dr. Francisco Reina de la Torre, Dr. Pere Boadas Vaello, Dr. Ana Carrera Burgaya

Tutors: Dr. Enric Verdú Navarro,Dr. Francisco Reina de la Torre,Dr. Pere Boadas Vaello,Dr. Ana Carrera Burgaya

  • Clinical anatomy applied to research on medical and surgical and diagnostic procedures
  • Mathematical modelling patterns and three dimensional anatomical imaging
  • Morphological and ultra-structural and functional characterisation of acquired brain injury: cranioencephalic trauma and cerebrovascular injury
  • Description of macro and microscopic morphofunctional patterns of the nervous and vascular systems
  • Pathophysiology and pharmacological treatment of pathological pain
  • Pathophysiology and toxicology of the sensory and motor systems

 

12. Translational medicine and decision science research

Researchers and potential doctoral theses supervisors:  Dr M. Dolors Capellà Hereu, Dr Xavier Castells Cervelló, Dr Alberto Zamora Cervantes

Tutors: Dr M. Dolors Capellà HereuDr Xavier Castells Cervelló

  • Knowledge transfer for healthcare decision making at a micro, meso and macro level.
  • Evaluation of medical research and health results for healthcare decision making

 

13. Medical Sciences

 

14. New therapeutic targets 

Researchers and potential doctoral theses supervisors: Dr M. Teresa Puig Miquel, Dr Xavier Xifró Collsamata, Dr Joan M. Brunet Vidal, Dr Rut Porta Balanyà, Dr Lluís Ramió Torrentà

Tutors: Dr M. Teresa Puig MiquelDr Xavier Xifró Collsamata, Dr Lluís Ramió Torrentà

  • Pre-clinical and clinical study of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases to improve their diagnosis, prognosis, follow-up and therapy

Access

The Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health is governed by Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which establishes the organisation of official doctoral degree programmes. The access requirements are those set out in this Royal Decree and which can be consulted at the following web address www.udg.edu/doctorat/acces.

Admission criteria

When appraising the candidates who request admission and meet the access criteria to the doctoral programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health of the University of Girona, the Academic Committee will appraise the applications on the basis of the following criteria listed in order of priority and showing the weighting of each item:

 

1. Thesis Project (70%).

The project must have the following sections:

  1. Provisional thesis title,
  2. Hypothesis and preliminary objectives (max. ½ page),
  3. Theoretical basis of the research (if applicable and maximum 1 page),
  4. Antecedents and preliminary description of the research (max. 2 pages),
  5. Methodology (max. 3 pages),
  6. Limitations and the most important approaches foreseen (if applicable, and maximum ½ page)
  7. Work plan with chronogram (max. 2 pages),

The innovativeness or relevance of the proposal will be appraised, in addition to whether it is enough to write a thesis, whether the hypothesis is clear and provable and whether the methodology is suitable; the clarity of the proposal will also be taken into account. The Thesis Project must be sent in word or pdf format to the coordinator of the doctoral programme.

Should the enrolment be authorised, the positively appraised Thesis Projects can be submitted as Research Plans.

 

2. Curriculum vitae (15%).

The candidate's research experience and verified knowledge of English will be valued.

 

3. Academic report and merits (15%).

The grade point average in the academic record and qualifications in similar subject areas to the doctoral programme will be taken into account.

To be accepted onto the Doctoral Programme a letter of acceptance is also required from the potential doctoral thesis supervisor expressing their approval of Thesis Project presented.

The best candidates will be prioritised, particularly when the number of applications exceed the number of places available.

 

Additional requirements

The regulations governing the teaching programmes of doctoral degrees at the University of Girona establish that the Academic Committees of each doctoral programme can lay down additional requirements to those set out by the School of Doctoral Studies in the following cases:

  1. The Academic Committees can set out additional requirements and criteria to those foreseen in art. 3 for selecting and accepting students onto the corresponding doctoral programme.
  2. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a thesis tutor.
  3. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a thesis director. In the case of the doctoral programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health, to be a director of a doctoral thesis said person must previously have been the director of a doctoral thesis that has been defended.
  4. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme will be able to establish additional requirements for the authorisation to present a thesis in the form of compendium of publications. In particular, on the doctoral programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health two articles are required in which the student is the lead author and which have been published, at least in a journal from the first quartile and a journal in the second quartile in its category.
  5. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a member of the thesis tribunal.
  6. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements to award the mention "cum laude".

Careers

In accordance with the teaching objectives of the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health, the future doctoral degree holders will be ready to join research groups of recognised prestige and to undertake a leading role in these groups. Therefore, students who complete the doctoral programme will be able to work in public and private research centres and institutes and university research centres or hospitals, taking on functions such as:

 

  • Postdoctoral researcher
  • Project manager
  • Head of laboratory team
  • Coordinator of research team
  • Senior laboratory technician
  • Copyright manager
  • Head researcher of research projects
  • People responsible for innovation and transfer

Theses

You must know

Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health

Compulsory education for doctoral students
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Compulsory education: 20 hours of cross-disciplinary education

It is compulsory for doctoral students to take part in:

  • At least one of the lectures that form part of the Programme of Lectures on Publication Policy and Practice.
  • At least one of the lectures that form part of the Programme of Lectures on Best Practice in Research with Animals and Humans.

The rest of the cross-disciplinary studies hours can be chosen from among the courses offered by the School of Doctoral Studies.
All the courses offered on the doctoral programme in this link

 

Scoring criteria for the special doctoral degree awards
The criteria for the special doctoral degree awards of our programme are definitively decided. The scoring proposal is as follows:

In the scoring system, only the publications and activities derived from the doctoral thesis and obtained between when the student enrolled on the programme and the date the special award is applied for, will be taken into account.

  1. Publications derived from the thesis (up to 5 points): Publications in indexed journals in the first quartile of their category will receive the highest score, which will decrease proportionally depending on the quartile of the journal. Whether or not the doctoral student is the first signatory will also be taken into account.
  2. Patents or transfer activities (up to 1 point): All activities must stem from the doctoral thesis. The transfer activities can be dissemination publications, book chapters, guides, and so on.
  3. Contributions at conferences (up to 1.5 points): Attendance at international conferences will be especially highly valued.
  4. Research stays (up to 1 point): Stays longer than a month in other national or international research centres carried out during the doctoral thesis will be taken into account.
  5. International mention (up to 1 point)
  6. Other merits related to the thesis (up to 0.5 points): According to the criteria of the members of the panel.