Admission Exam 2018 and PhD Program

Admission to the PhD Program 2018.

Applications must be submitted according to the information provided in the Announcement and the Information sheet. For further information, please see here.

Important dates:

Deadline for online submission of applications: 31 August 2018
List of candidates admitted to the oral exam: 15 September 2018
Oral Exam: 20-21 September 2018, at SISSA - Trieste
Beginning of the Courses: to be determined

JuMBO is composed by two activities.

  1. Theoretical Introduction to Molecular 
  2. Carrying on the experimental project subject of Thesis

Theoretical Introduction to Molecular 

AIM: Advanced and parallel teaching in the most important aspects of modern molecular biology addressing the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the various tools and technologies used in molecular biology and the different approaches to implementing them.            
  • Acquire competences in understanding the technical requirements of scientific and technical molecular biological applications to plan and set up an individual project.
  • Deepen the understanding of how to employ molecular biology technologies with specific applications and document their technological limitations.
  • Provide an outlook on future developments of Molecular Biology.

It will consist in three types of activities:

  1. A series of 8-10 hours long courses within the first two months from the starting date. They will provide an exceptionally broadly based education in molecular biology. Teaching is carried out in English.
  2. Thematic workshops on the most challenging topics in contemporary molecular biology. Topics will include Restorative therapy and cell reprogramming, RNA therapeutics, Genomics, Molecular oncology.
  3. Individual seminars. The four institutions provide an excellent repertory of seminars that will be mandatory for Jumbo students.

Carrying on the experimental project subject of Thesis

Each student will carry out a PhD-centered project with a 
time duration and difficulty tailored to her/his professional interests and expectations.

In their projects, students must apply the knowledge obtained in the previous sections of the program to a scientific problem or a combination thereof to a scientific application. Project proposals must be agreed between candidates and their supervisors during the first two months of the Course. Project advancement will be regularly monitored by the Student Supervisor and periodically reviewed by an ad hoc Supervisors' Committee. The typical project will have a duration up to 46 months. Its results will be reported in a written thesis.

Progress will be monitored at the end of each year with a seminar in front of all the JuMBO faculties.