PhD Immunology, Molecular Medicine and Applied Biotechnology

  • Chief_ Paolo Rossi
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The PhD Course in Immunology, Molecular Medicine and Applied Biotechnology (IMMAB) is an innovative interfaculty initiative of Tor Vergata University in Rome finalized to provide cutting edge scientific skills in translational medicine. The IMMAB Course aims at achieving the educational target of developing graduated scientists able to conjugate basic and applied science. After completing their IMMAB doctoral education, students are to have developed an advanced general knowledge of medical science and scientific methodology in whatever research field they choose to explore for their final thesis.

The main objectives of the IMMAB PhD Course are:
- To develop a cultural and experimental bridge between basic and applied research.
- To provide new scientists with a broad grounding in the subject and to prepare them for their scientific and professional futures beyond the scope of the study plan for an individual project.
 - To facilitate the career opportunities in the fields of medicine, health science, and biomedical research.

The content of the doctoral studies is outlined in the individual study plan written by the doctoral student and supervisor together and approved by the head of the department. The individual study plan describes how the goals of the education will be achieved and consists of a research plan, a financing plan, description of the supervision and a list of courses and other activities.

The main educational goals are:
1. The achievement of scientific independence and leadership capacity.
2. The achievement of cutting edge methodological skills in both laboratory and clinical research.
3. The achievement of high quality knowledge in molecular biology and biomedicine.

The educational goals will take advantage from the active participation of PhD students in scientific seminars in both Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, in Tor Vergata University.
The PhD student will be specifically trained in immunology and immunopathology in order to be able to develop innovative research projects in the fields of laboratory immune tests, immune therapies of allergic and autoimmune diseases, antineoplastic immune therapies, monitoring tools of therapeutic efficacy and immune response modulation.
The PhD course will include training periods in world-renowned centers such as:

·  “Bambino Gesù” Children’s Hospital, Rome, Italy
·  San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy
·  Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
·  Necker Hospital, Paris, France


  • Genetics and pathophysiology of immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders
  • Therapy of the immune compromised patient e immune reconstitution 
  • Novel gene based diagnostic technological approaches
  • Antiretroviral therapy of HIV infection
  • Gene therapy
  • Immuno pathogenesis of allergic diseases
  • Drug discovery: from molecular target to innovative drug
  • Innate immunity and tuberculosis
  • Novel therapeutic strategies in Friedreich ataxia
  • Autoimmune endocrine diseases
  • Epigenetics of endocrine diseases
  • Production and characterization of novel monoclonal antibodies for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes


  • Scientific sector: MED/38 - MED/04
  • Deadline for the submission of applications for the competition: 02/09/2014
  • Total Seats in: N° 5
  • Bags University: N° 3
  • Bags externally funded: N° 1
  • Without scholarship: N° 1
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Coordinator: Prof. Paolo Rossi
  • Department: Medical Systems
  • Access mode: Interview and titles
  • Degrees for access to the doctorate:
    - Biotechnology
    - Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
    - Medical Biotechnology
    - Pharmacy
    - Biomedical Engineering
    - Medical Engineering
    - Medicine and Surgery
    - Life Sciences
  • S8 Industrial Biotechnology:
    - 6/S (bBiology)
    - 9/S (Biotechnology, Medical veterinary and pharmaceutical)
    - 14/S (Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical industry
    - 26/S (Biomedical Engineering)
    - 46/S (Medicine and Surgery)
  • Titles score: 40/100
  • Language/Foreign and interview: English
  • Annual contributions of registration for places without a grant: 1625,00 € in two installments


Italian Laboratories Affiliates

Laboratory of Pediatric Immunology and Biotechnology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Head: Paolo Rossi
Laboratory of Immunology, Molecular Pathology
Faculty of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Responsible: Vittorio Colizzi
Interdepartmental Centre services - Train for animal technology (STA)
University of Rome Tor Vergata
Technical Director: Maurizio Mattei
Laboratory of Signal Transduction
Faculty of Medicine, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Responsible: Roberto Testi
Laboratory of Molecular Endocrinology
Faculty of Medina, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Responsible: Stefano Cianfarani
San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy (HSR-TIGET), Milan
Director: Prof. Luigi Naldini
Clinical Coordinator: Alessandro Aiuti
Laboratory Research - Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering
Bambino Gesù, Rome
Responsible: Maurizio Muraca
Research Laboratory of Immunology, Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology
Bambino Gesù, Rome
Responsible: Rita Carsetti

Foreign Laboratories Affiliates

Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC), HIV Vaccination
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Responsabile: Britta Wharen vai al link
Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) Infection and Clinical Immunology
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Responsabile: Prof. Markus Maeurer vai al link
Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC), Mechanism of B and T cell death during HIV infection
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Responsabile: Prof.ssa Francesca Chiodi vai al link
Department of Clinical Sciences Malmö, Cellular Autoimmunity
Lund University - LUDC, Malmö, Sweden
Responsabile:: Prof. Corrado Cilio vai al link
Laboratoire de Genetique Humaine des Maladies Infectieuses
Faculté de Médecine Necker
Direttori del laboratorio: Prof. Jean-Laurent CASANOVA | Dott. Laurent ABEL:
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Molecular Mechanisms of Viral Oncogenesis
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Responsabile: Prof.ssa Maria Masucci vai al link

Member of the college (Teaching staff and Researchers of Italian University)

Bonini Stefano

Cancrini Caterina

Colizzi Vittorio

Cutrera Renato

Fantini Massimo Claudio

Finocchi Andrea

Fraziano Maurizio

Gregori Silvia

Mattei Maurizio

Palma Paolo

Palumbo Giuseppe

Raponi Massimiliano

Rossi Paolo

Prof. Testi Roberto

Valeriani Massimiliano

Villani Alberto

Member of the college (Non-academic staff employed by other organization and Teaching staff of Foreign University)

Broliden Kristina

Casanova Jean Laurent

Pahwa Savita

Wharen Britta

Zaoutis Theoklis