- Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health
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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.
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·llosera, Dr. Jordi Viñas de Puig
Tutors: Dr. Oriol Vidal Fàbrega, Dra. Núria Sanz Ball·llosera, Dr. 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 who are potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr. Gemma Huguet Blanco, Dr. Elisabet Kadar García, Dr. Joaquín Serena Leal, Dr. Yolanda Silva Blas, Dr. Judith Mallolas Jiménez, Dr. M. Ester Cubo Delgado, Dr. Carme Gubern Mérida
Tutors: Dr. Gemma Huguet Blanco, Dr. 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 Panosa, Dr 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
Researchers who are potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr. Rafael de Llorens Duran, Dr. Rosa Peracaula Miró, Dr. Anna Massaguer Vall·llovera, Dr. Sílvia Barrabés Vera, Dr. Josep Comet Batlle, Dr. Esther Llop Escorihuela
Tutors: Dr Rafael de Llorens Duran,Dr Rosa Peracaula Miró, Dr Anna Massaguer Vall·llovera, Dr Sílvia Barrabés Vera, Dr Esther Llop Escorihuela
- 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
Researchers who are potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr. Jesús Garcia Gil, Dr. Xavier Aldeguer Mante, Dr. Margarita Martínez Medina
Tutor: Dr. Jesús Garcia Gil, Dr. 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 Terradellas, Dr. Fabiana Sílvia Scornik, Dr. Guillermo Javier Pérez González, Dr. Marcel Vergés Aiguaviva, Dr. Sara Pagans Lista, Dr. Oscar Campuzano Larrea
- 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 Daró, Dr. Mercè Figueras Vall·llosera, Dr. 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. Data analysis, Statistics applied to medicine and health
Researchers who are potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr. Marc Sáez Zafra, Dr. M. Antònia Barceló Rado, Dr. Germà Coenders Gallart, Dr. Carme Saurina Canals, Dr. Rafael Marcos Gragera, Dr. Gemma Renart Vicens , Dr. M. Glòria Mateu Figueras, Dr. Josep Daunis Estadella
Tutors: Dr. Marc Sáez Zafra, Dr. M. Antònia Barceló Rado, Dr. Germà Coenders Gallart, Dr. Gemma Renart Vicens, Dr. M. Glòria Mateu Figueras, Dr. Josep Daunis Estadella
- Environmental and cancer epidemiology
- Spacial Statistics and Epidemiology
- Econometrics of health
- Statistics, Econometrics and Quality of Survey Data
- Statistical analysis of compositional data
- Mathematical methods applied to medicine
9. 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 Canal, Dr. Carme Bertran Noguer, Dr. Concepció Fuentes Pumarola, Dr. Maria Rosa Suñer Soler, Dr. Bernat Carles Serdà Ferrer, Dr. 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
10. Clinical Anatomy, Embryology and Neuroscience
Potential doctoral thesis supervisor researchers: Dr Enric Verdú Navarro, Dr Francisco Reina de la Torre, Dr Pere Boadas Vaello, Dr Ana Carrera Burgaya, Dr Anna Prats Puig
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
11. Translational medicine and decision science research
Potential doctoral thesis supervisor researchers: Dr Xavier Castells Cervelló, Dr Alberto Zamora Cervantes, Dr Carme Carrion Ribas
Supervisor: Dr 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
12. Medical Sciences
Medical Sciences research line supervisors: Dr Antoni Codina Cazador, Dr Elisabeth Pinart Nadal, Dr Rafael S. Ramos Blanes, Dr Marc Yeste Oliveras
13. New therapeutic targets
Potential doctoral-thesis research supervisors: Dr M. Teresa Puig Miquel, Dr Xavier Xifró Collsamata, Dr Joan M. Brunet Vidal, Dr Rut Porta Balanyà, Dr Lluís Ramió Torrentà
Supervisors: Dr M. Teresa Puig Miquel, Dr 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
14. Endocrinology and metabolism
Potential doctoral thesis research directors: Dr José Manuel Fernández-Real Lemos, Dr Abel López Bermejo, Dr Wifredo Ricart Engel, Dr Judit Bassols Casadevall
Supervisors: Dr José Manuel Fernández-Real Lemos, Dr Abel López Bermejo
- Inflammation and resistance to insulin
- Child endocrinology
- Iron metabolism and metabolic syndrome
- Microbiota and metabolic illness
15. Physical activity, Sport, Physiotherapy and Health
Potential doctoral thesis research directors: Dr Anna Prats, Dr Daniel Romero, Dr B. Román
Supervisors: Dr Dolors Juvinyà Canal, Dr Enric Verdú Navarro
- Physical activity and health
- Care and global processes in physiotherapy
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.
The Academic Committee will assess candidates who request admission and meet the access criteria to the doctoral programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health at the University of Girona on the basis of the following criteria listed in order of priority and showing the weighting of each item:
1. Cover letter (20%)
The letter must describe, very briefly, why the candidates want to access the doctoral programme. It must also include the following sections:
- Hypothesis and objectives of the research they intend to carry out, explaining what is new about it in the chosen field of research, to develop elect in the field of research
- Justification of the suitability chosen subject of research for the doctoral programme of Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health, as well as in one of the lines of research of the doctoral programme
- Tasks and/or studies which they intend to carry out to comply with the hypothesis and the proposed objectives
The cover letter, with all the information requested above, may not exceed two pages (1 sheet, both sides) with a minimum font size of 11 points.
The cover letter must be sent in a Word or PDF document to the coordinator of the doctoral programme, via the UdG School of Doctoral Studies re-enrolment platform.
2. Curriculum vitae (15%)
Experience in research will be positively assessed.
3. Academic report and merits (50%)
The grade point average in the academic record and qualifications in similar subject areas to the doctoral programme will be taken into account.
4. Level of English (15%)
Verified knowledge of English will be positively assessed
To be accepted onto the Doctoral Programme, a letter of acceptance is also required from the potential doctoral thesis supervisor expressing their approval of the cover letter submitted.
The best candidates will be prioritised, particularly when the number of applications exceed the number of places available. All priorisations will be carried out once the second call of pre-enrolments finished.
Research Plan (Doctoral Thesis Project)
Once candidates are admitted to the doctoral programme and their enrolment authorised, their Research Plan (Doctoral Thesis Project) will have to be submitted, under the terms stated by the School of Doctoral Studies, and include the following sections:
- Provisional thesis title
- Hypothesis and preliminary objectives (max. ½ page),
- Theoretical basis of the research (if applicable and maximum 1 page),
- Antecedents and preliminary description of the research (max. 2 pages),
- Methodology (max. 3 pages),
- Risks (where expected; max. 1 page)
- Data-management plan (where necessary; max. 1 page)
- Thesis’ relationship with sustainable development goals (max. 1 page)
- Limitations and the most important approaches foreseen (if applicable, and maximum ½ page)
- Work plan with chronogram (max. 2 pages),
The hypothesis and preliminary objectives will have to coincide with the ones stated in the cover letter and the novelty of this research to be carried out within the chosen field of research must be stated in this section.
The theoretical-base sections of the research, background and methodology must include bibliographical references which substantiate whatever is written in the various sections. The list of bibliographical citations included in these parts of the Research Plan must be put in the bibliographical section at the end of the document.
The work plan will have to include all the tasks that the doctoral student has to carry out to achieve their Research Plan’s hypothesis and objectives; these tasks must also match the ones stated in the cover letter.
All these tasks have to be put down in a Timeline which must not exceed the 3 years for researching and writing up the doctoral thesis (in the case of full-time theses), including the doctoral thesis’ revision, deposit and public-defence period. We suggest the Timeline is set out in table format.
NOTE: Research Plans (Doctoral Thesis Projects) are NOT submitted when candidates pre-enrol on the doctoral programme, but during the period authorised for this purpose by the School of Doctoral Studies.
Regarding educational activities, the School of Doctoral Studies organises courses, seminars and other cross-disciplinary educational activities (soft skills) directed at research training and assisting with the writing and presentation of the doctoral thesis. We ask that the courses be given in English as our language of choice, although Catalan is the language most frequently used. They are generally 10-hour courses or seminars. There are a series of activities that are transferable and are of interest to all doctoral programmes, and others that are specific to a particular doctoral programme
Educational course catalogue
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
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Rating criteria for the doctoral degree special awards
The criteria for the doctoral degree special award for our programme have now been established. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Contributions at conferences (up to 1.5 points): Attendance at international conferences will be especially highly valued.
- 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.
- International mention (up to 1 point)
- Other merits related to the thesis (up to 0.5 points): According to the criteria of the members of the panel.
Contents for a thesis in a compendium-of-publications format
Minimum two (2) original research articles published in magazines included in the Journal Citation Index (JCR) or in the Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), where the doctoral student is the first author and, at least, one of the articles is published in a magazine of the first quartile (Q1) of the area or subject of the doctoral thesis.
Short articles (Short roles) will also be counted provided they are in scientific magazines of the first decile or 10 percentile (D1/P10) published in the area or subject of the doctoral thesis included in JCR or SJR, with the doctoral student the first author in these publications.
Finally, besides these original articles and short articles one or more publications may also be included in review format (Review). Such review publications are no substitute for any of the original articles. The doctoral student must also be presented as the first author in these review publications. These review publications have to be in magazines included in JCR or SJR published, preferably in a magazine of the first quartile (Q1).
The publication dates of these original articles, reviews or short articles must be after the start of the doctoral thesis and cannot contain any pre-thesis material.
Criteria for being doctoral-thesis supervisor in the Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Healthcare doctoral programme.
The doctoral-thesis supervisor will be a doctor with one (1) living research premium or equivalent merits, and with accredited previous experience in doctoral-thesis supervision. They are considered equivalent merits if two (2) articles have published in first-quartile (Q1) magazines and three (3) articles in second-, third- or fourth-quartile (Q2, Q3, or Q4) magazines, of the JCR (Journal Citation Reports) index during the last 6 years.
Whoever meets these requirements will have to fill in an application for registering as a doctoral-thesis supervisor and attach their CV (in any format) explaining and accrediting the above-mentioned criteria. We recommend these CVs feature the quartiles of the publications and a list of doctoral theses they have already supervised. The theses in progress do not count as a previous experience of doctoral-thesis supervision. All these documents need to be emailed to the doctoral programme’s coordinator (email@example.com). The coordinator will present all these documents at the first ordinary meeting of the doctoral programme’s Academic Committee, for approval.
Newly admitted students (pre-enrolled on the doctoral programme) are advised to propose doctoral-thesis supervisors who meet the above criteria.