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Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health

Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health

2020-2021 academic year

General information

General information

Name
Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health
Centre/s
Faculty of Science , Faculty of Nursing , Faculty of Medicine
Indicative number of places
20
Number of registered students
Official enrolment data
Valid report:
Report (2012)
Other information
AQU Indicators

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 who are 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, Dr. Carme Gubern Mérida

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

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 BatlleDr. Esther Llop Escorihuela

Tutors: Dr Rafael de Llorens Duran,Dr Rosa Peracaula Miró, Dr Anna Massaguer Vall·lloveraDr Sílvia Barrabés VeraDr 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 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 AiguavivaDr. Sara Pagans Lista

  • 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. 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 ZafraDr. M. Antònia Barceló RadoDr. Germà Coenders GallartDr. Gemma Renart VicensDr. M. Glòria Mateu FiguerasDr. 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 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

 

10. 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

 

11. 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

 

12. Medical Sciences

  • Epidemiology

Researchers who are potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr. Rafael S. Ramos Blanes, Dr. Maria del Mar Garcia GilDr. Elisabeth Pinart Nadal, Dr. Gabriel Coll de Tuero

  • History of Medicine

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Josep Roig García

  • Malignant haemopathies

Researchers who are potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr. David Gallardo Giralt

  • Molecular oncology

Researchers who are potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr. J. Menéndez

  • Radiotherapy and oncology

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Rafael Fuentes Raspall

  • Medical oncology

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Sónia del Barco Berrón

  • Radiodiagnosis

Researchers who are potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr. Joan Carles Vilanova Busquets

  • Digestive surgery

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Josep Roig García

  • Colorectal surgery

Potential doctoral-thesis research directors: Dr Antoni Codina Cazador

  • Pneumonology

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Ramon Orriols Martínez

Medical Sciences research supervisors: Dr Antoni Codina Cazador, Dr Elisabeth Pinart Nadal

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 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

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

  • Physical activity and health
  • Care and global processes in physiotherapy

Supervisors: Dr Dolors Juvinyà Canal, Dr Enric Verdú Navarro

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

ADMISSION CRITERIA

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 (70%)

The letter must describe, very briefly, why the candidates want to access the doctoral programme. It must also include the following sections:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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%).

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 the cover letter submitted.

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


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:

  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),
  8. Bibliography

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 that by the School of Doctoral Studies.

Training courses

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 

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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

Thesis

You need to know

Doctoral student guide

Doctoral Programme in Molecular Biology, Biomedicine and Health

Compulsory education for doctoral students
:
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.

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