The official language of the PhD program is English.
Three types of activities are foreseen: Courses (see above), Seminars and Journal Clubs.
Most activities are organized by our PhD course, or in collaboration with other courses of the BEMM school.
The participation of students in these activities is verified by collecting the signatures of the participants. Doctoral students are also invited to participate in national and international conferences and congresses for which expenses are covered.
The doctorate actively participates in the activities of the "B.E.M.M. Doctoral School" which sponsors, among other activities, a meeting every year (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. The Meeting is planned for November 2022.
ONGOING ACTIVITIES (2021-22)
SEMINARS (see the dedicated section of the website for more details on the individual seminars)
Each year the school invites a number of Italian and foreign researchers to teach on activities and topics related to the interests of the course. 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.
There is an important opportunity to attend seminars organized for doctoral students by the CIVIS Network of which Sapienza is a part, which are also recorded and made available to students. The link for this activity is also displayed in the SEMINARS section.
JOURNAL CLUBS (see dedicated section of the site for more details on Journal Clubs)
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 in 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 dialogue on scientific topics. The list for 2022 is:
21/03/22 From discoveries in ageing research to therapeutics for healthy ageing
4/04/22 Computational and structural approaches to drug discovery and medical applications
11/04/22 Principles and perspectives of immunotherapy
02/05/22 Induced pluripotent stem cells in disease modeling and in regenerative medicine
16/05/22 Aptamers as targeted therapeutics: current potential and challenges
30/05/22 The impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the scientific world: new strategies for vaccines and therapeutics
13/06/22 Climate change: science and solutions
27/06/22 Dietary Approaches to Cancer Therapy
The details on the ongoing courses are displayed on the dedicated section of the Website.
The Scientific English course is held by a mother tongue teacher.
Method of choosing the subject of the thesis
The scientific field of the thesis is chosen by the student following interviews with the members of the teaching staff who illustrate their research activities and describe the training path and knowledge that is expected to be acquired during the three-year period. The definitive topic of the thesis is definitively chosen during the second year.
Admission to the second year
Each PhD student, at the end of each year, must prepare a written report (the format to prepare this report can be found in the Section Documents of the website). Admission to the following year 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 (all other doctoral students of the course present) of the scientific context in which the thesis project, the aims, the experimental hypotheses, the results obtained during the year and any difficulties encountered during the course are placed.
The teachers of the school, in addition to assessing the progress of the project, comment on the presentation both in content and form and, together with the school's doctoral students, offer suggestions to the student. The report of the first year PhD students will take place in October 2022.