Offerta formativa del Corso in Inglese

The PhD Course in Microbiology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases and Transplants (MIMIT) provides an educational training of qualified researchers aimed at the acquisition of basic microbiological and immunological knowledge and at the deepening of some specific topics, mainly at defining the pathogenetic characteristics of some of the micro-organisms of greatest medical and scientific interest. Particular attention will be dedicated to the biomolecular aspects of pathogenesis process involved in the infectious diseases, host's immune response and transplantation-related diseases, and to the development of innovative diagnostic, therapeutic and vaccination approaches. The PhD program has interdisciplinary characteristics and allows students to acquire also skills in designing and conducting biomedical experiments in the field of organ transplants, cardio-thoracic surgery, liver disease, in immunocompromised patients, and/or hospitalized in intensive care, or with infections confined to the eye or skin.

The PhD student is supported in the research activity by a tutor who has the main task of leading him to acquire autonomy in the creation of a manuscript (drafting of protocols, experimentation, interpretation of results, and identification of a journal for publication). It is also desirable to introduce the doctoral student to the necessary steps for fund access or raising as well as to write a project, develop and make reports. A good knowledge of both spoken and written English is required to access the Course. Knowledge of the principal methods of word processing and construction of databases and electronic presentations is also required.

The PhD School is mainly (but not only) composed by Professors of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, with different specific skills and competences, whose integration allows the PhD students to a complete and cutting-edge scientific training course.

The PhD Course requires mandatory attendance of the research activities that take place at the PhD School. Participation to lessons, seminars, professional upgrading and specific courses is also mandatory. These activities cover all the areas of interest of the PhD students and will be carried out by MIMIT teachers and by other qualified experts.

The already existing collaboration and involvement in PhD research program of foreign University for similar or complementary research activities will be further implemented. Professors from foreign Universities are already enrolled for teaching activities and seminars in the PhD school. When possible, the interaction between teachers in the treatment of problems involving different aspects of common illnesses (infections in the immunocompromised host, prophylaxis of nosocomial infections, clinical and molecular diagnosis of retroviruses, viral hepatitis, etc.) will be studied to provide the PhD student with a framework as much as possible unitary of the most relevant clinical-surgical and infectious diseases.

Each year, the PhD students present, on the occasion of specific meetings, the data relating to the research activities carried out for the realization of the thesis. On such occasions, always in the presence of the respective tutors, the data are discussed and framed within the context of the problematic subject of the study. The results are generally presented by the individual PhD students, gathered in small groups at the institutional headquarters of the PhD program and/or in front of all other PhD