The training activity is organized into three types: COURSES, SEMINARS and JOURNAL CLUBS.
The courses and seminars are organized directly by the Doctorate in Life Sciences or in collaboration with other Doctorates of the BEMM school to which the Doctorate belongs.
The doctorate also actively participates in the organization by the "B.E.M.M." Doctoral School. which sponsors, among other activities, every year a meeting (organized by final year students) among the students of all related doctorates. Students participate by presenting a poster. Some of them are selected for an oral contribution.
Student participation in these activities is verified by collecting signatures from participants. Doctoral students are also encouraged to participate in national and international conferences and congresses for which expenses are covered.
SEMINARS (the detailed list and how to participate are shown in the dedicated section of the website).
Every year the school invites a number of Italian and foreign researchers to keep on activities and topics related to the interests of the course. These seminars usually take place in the March-June period, online or mixed form. Furthermore, thanks to the agreement with Istituto Pasteur Italia, doctoral students are also invited to participate in the Cycle of Seminars organized by Pasteur in Rome.
We point out the important opportunity to follow seminars organized for doctoral students by the CIVIS Network of which Sapienza is a part, which are also recorded and made available to students.
JOURNAL CLUBS (the detailed list and how to participate are shown in the dedicated section of the website).
Every two weeks, students take turns presenting a critical view of a recent scientific article. Every month, with the exception of July and August, 4/5 recently published scientific articles are discussed, organized into topics of general interest and of great impact. Each doctoral student, according to an established calendar, presents an article to all the other participants in the course in the presence of at least 4 teachers. Furthermore, during these presentations, other doctoral students are entrusted with the roles of chair and interlocutors, in order to stimulate the widest participation of doctoral students and prepare them for critical interlocution on scientific topics. The selected articles are collected and made available to all students.
For example, for 2023 the Journal Clubs scheduled were as follows:
27/02/23: The safety and side effects of monoclonal antibody
13/03/23: The potential effects of microplastics on the environment and disease
27/03/23: Epigenetics disease: from mechanism to therapy.
03/04/23: RNA Drugs and RNA Targets for Small Molecules: Principles, Progress, and Challenges.
17/04/23 Computational prediction of protein functional sites-applications in biotechnology and biomedicine
08/05/23 Targets and strategies for vaccine development
22/05/23 Prospects and challenges of drug delivery system
05/06/23 The growing role of precision and personalized medicine
19/06/23 Strategies and Challenges in metabolic analysis with focus on metabolomics
COURSES (how to participate are shown in the dedicated section of the course website or with links to connected sites such as the BEMM). In the second year, the courses indicated are aimed at more specialized training in fields of interest to the Doctorate.
Method of preparation of the thesis
The second year of the doctoral course is considered crucial for the preparation of the thesis which is mandatory experimental. The thesis topic in this year must find a definitive formulation, with the overcoming of any difficulties of experimental design planning. These aspects are discussed in the presence of all members of the teaching staff e
of the students on several occasions and also on the occasion of the annual presentation, which usually takes place in October.
Admission to the third year
At the end of each year, each PhD student must prepare a written report (short abstract in English - format available in the DOCUMENTS section of the website). Admission year
subsequent is approved by the teaching staff on the basis of the report and following a public presentation by the student of the status of the project (also present all the other doctoral students of the course), including the scientific context in which
place your thesis project, the aims, the experimental hypotheses, the results obtained during the year and any difficulties encountered along the way. In the second year, particular attention is paid to any critical issues arosen.
The teachers of the school, in addition to evaluating the progress of the project, comment on the presentation both in terms of content and in the form and, together with the doctoral students of the school, offer suggestions to the student.
Traditionally, the report of second year PhD students takes place in October.