International Doctorate in
Structural Biology

General Information

The goal of the course is to provide a high-quality and multi-disciplinary research training in the field of Structural Biology. To achieve this, the course includes a very broad integrated programme that encompasses expertise in chemistry, biology, biophysics, medicine and informatics, able to address the actual challenges in the field ranging from fundamental issues to applications. A new generation of doctorate students will be educated to consider multidisciplinary research, transnational cooperation, and integration of different techniques as primary needs for the development of excellent research.

Structural Biology is key to innovation in biotechnology, food technology and biomedical applications. It plays a major role in understanding the mode of action of therapeutics and facilitated the design of innovative drugs and biologics acting on specific molecular targets. Starting with determining three-dimensional structures of macromolecules, structural biology has evolved to the study of macromolecule dynamics and macromolecular mechanisms, and putting them in cellular contexts. It provides an atomic-level visualization of biomolecules and of their mode of function. Pharmaceutical companies have structural biology departments involved in various stages of drug discovery pipelines. Actually, areas like informed drugs and novel vaccines often crucially depend on structural data.

Larger and larger molecular systems and ever more complex biological phenomena are expected to be unveiled in the next future through integrative structural biology approaches that combine complementary experimental and computational tools.

The candidates will be trained in order to
•    acquire a solid common scientific background in the Structural Biology area,
•    receive an advanced and focused infrastructure-based training-though-research in their research methodology
•    participate and promote their research in international conferences
•    communicate the results of their work in international publications
•    broaden their horizons through a large variety of courses and seminars
•    stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations
•    stimulate mobility and transnational collaborations
•    acquire non-science training for enhanced career perspectives
•    develop themselves into skilled, open-minded, independent young researchers.


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