University of Torino
This Ph.D Programme is for Graduate Students in Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Medicine. Prospective students should have an excellent score in their previous classes, a strong undergraduate science background, a strong commitment to research and they should accept the challenge posed by a new interdisciplinary science. Indeed the present Programme is specifically interested in recruiting students with broad scientific interests and a taste for collaboration.
The Programme is designed to offer scientific training, research projects and perspectives in the area of post-genomic biology by using combined computational, engineering and experimental approaches with theoretical modelling, rooted in theoretical physics and mathematics. The biological interests include cell differentiation and development, cell signalling, cell growth and motility, cancer progression, cancer cell genetics, protein folding, gene-expression.
Students are expected to choose their thesis in one or more of the following areas and open problems:
A first year of very extensive and well structured tuition in both biological and physical-mathematical disciplines is foreseen. During this time the students coming from different undergraduate backgrounds will be introduced to a common scientific language and lore. Then a three-four year period of research work either experimental or theoretical or both will follow. Research will be pursued in bilocal collaborations between the Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment and the Department of Theoretical Physics , both established in Torino and part of Torino University.
Upon entry into the Ph.D. Programme the educational and scientific credits of each student, either Italian or foreigner, will be evaluated by the Managing Board of the Programme who will establish the specific curriculum recommended in each case.
By the end of the 1st year of study, students are expected to take a series of tests in the basic disciplines covered by the tuition Programme. The Managing Board will evaluate case by case whether the candidate is suitable for continuation in the Programme up to the final defense of a research thesis.
During the thesis period, tuition will not be stopped but will rather continue through the attendance of specialized seminars, minicourses, workshops or conferences for a typical amount of 50-70 hours per year.
Thesis work is expected
to be an
original research project that contributes to developing knowledge in
genomic biology .
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