PhD Programmes

  • PhD Programme in Molecular and Cellular Biology

    General Information

    Number of places: 15

    Languages: Spanish and English

    • Pedro Sánchez Lazo


    • Pedro Sánchez Lazo
    • Rosario Rodicio Rodicio
    • María Sierra Zapico
    • Ana Coto Montes
    • Álvaro Obaya González
    • Santiago Cal Miguel
    • Elena Díaz Rodríguez
    • Ana Suárez Díaz

    PhD Programme in Molecular and Cellular Biology of the University of Oviedo

    The PhD Programme in Molecular and Cellular Biology aims at educating researchers in the area of biomedical sciences, particularly in the practice with technologies, experimental systems, bibliography and the infrastructures employed in the research in the fields of Molecular Biotechnology, Microbiology, Cellular Biology and Genetics.

    This PhD Programme collaborates with the SERIDA, the Institute of Dairy Products of Asturias, the Institute of Biotechnology of León and the HUCA

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    Access and Admission

    Access Profile:

    This PhD Programme is specifically directed at Undergraduates in Biology, Medicine, Biotechnology, Veterinary, Nursery, Physical Therapy, Dentistry and Biochemistry, and those coming from official Postgraduate Degrees that are thematically related to those included in this PhD Programme.

    Criteria for Admissions:

    The selection of applicants by the Academic Comittee, should the number of applications exceed the offer of the Programme, will be done based on the following 100-point scale:

    • Up to 40 points for the academic record of the Undergraduate Degree
    • Up to 30 points for the academic record of the Postgraduate Degree
    • Up to 10 points for researcher experience
    • Up to 10 points for professional experience different from the researcher activities
    • Up to 10 points for a personal interview

    The research record of the applicant will include their experience as a researcher (and the concrete results of their work) during the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees, especially that related to the Undergraduate and Master's Theses.

    During the personal interview, the Committee will assess the motivation, the practical knowledge of English and the capacity for relations displayed by the candidate.

    In order to be admitted into this Programme, the applicant must score at least 60 points in this sections.

    Complementary Formation:

    Not applicable.

    Formative Activities


    • Cross-curricular Formation
      Total Amount of Hours: 60

      Description of the Activity: This activity aims at working on the basic competences and working on the general capacities and skills of the PhD students.

      It is composed of seminars and the PhD Conferences. The Seminars will approach, among other topics, contents related to the dissemination and communication of research or the quality entry in the working world as specific formation in the topics related with more than one field of research. The PhD Conferences combine conferences, panels and participative sessions, as well as the showcase of "posters" that explain the contents of the theses and the advances of the research that is being conducted by the PhD Students.

      A detailed annual scheduled will be composed and made available at the website of the International Center for Postgraduate Studies (

      The goal is that the PhD students acquire, among others, the following learning results:

      • Searching for scientific information online.
      • Creating, presenting and publishing scientific information.
      • Creating and presenting a patent.
      • Knowing the basic principles of enterprise creation and self-employment.
      • Exchanging knowledge between PhD students.
      • Disseminating their research activity among the enterprises and the whole of the Asturian society.
      • Finding professional alternatives to the development of their university research career.
      • Highlighting their role as innovator to the enterprise.

      This activity is compulsory for all the PhD students of the University of Oviedo, who have to attend for a minimum of 60 hours during their formative period.

      Teaching languages will be Spanish and/or English.

      Monitoring Procedures: An individualized control of attendance will be performed. When deemed necessary, the performance of the PhD student in these activities will be assessed with an essay or project whose precise specifications will be given to them by the people in charge of said formative activity.

      All these controls will be part of the document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), which will be regularly revised by the Tutor and the Director of the Thesis, and evaluated by the Academic Committee in charge of the Programme.

      Mobility Actions: Not applicable

    • Attendance to congresses and other scientific events
      Total Amount of Hours: 48

      Description of the Activity: The Programme will encourage its students to send the results of their research as a poster or oral communication and other types of scientific events (Science Week and other dissemination activities), and that they, if possible, attend them. Moreover, candidates will be encouraged to take advantage of these events to network with other researchers. Students will have to attend at least two congresses or scientific meetings during their formative period.

      Monitoring procedure: The relevance and interest of the event will be taken into account. Students may request submitting their work to other activities of the Programme, such as the PhD Meetings or seminars organized for the occassion, especially if there is a selection of researches for grants and other financial aid.

      Participation in these events will be part of the document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), which will be regularly revised by the Tutor and the Director of the Thesis, and evaluated by the Academic Committee in charge of the Programme.

      Mobility Actions: Depending on the availability of financial aid, the PhD Programme may select the most relevant communications to provide them with a grant to finance the attendance to an event and other miscellaneous expenditures. If the available funds could not cover these Mobility Actions, the Academic Committee may allow the students to forfeit this obligation.

    • Composition and publication of an article in a scientific journal
      Total Amount of Hours: 30

      Description of the Activity: Under the supervision of their Director and/or Academic Tutor, the students will have to compose, based on the results of their research, at least one scientific publication during their formative period. This work involves gathering data, the composition of the manuscript and the interaction with the editorial committee of the journal chosen. If possible, said journal should be indexed by the SCI.

      Monitoring procedure: The article will be part of the document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), which will be regularly revised by the Tutor and the Director of the Thesis, and evaluated by the Academic Committee in charge of the Programme.

      Mobility Actions: Not applicable

    Lines of Research

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Regulation of the metabolism. Molecular biology of viruses. Molecular mechanisms of membrane receptors and ionic channels. Neurotoxicity and Neuroprotection mechanism. Genes involved in the traffic of membranes and cellular signaling.

    • Argüelles Luis, Juan
    • Brime Casanueva, Ignacio
    • Fernández García, Benjamín
    • Fernández Río, Javier
    • Fueyo Silva, Antonio
    • García Fernández, José A.
    • González Solares, Sonia
    • Iglesias Gutierrez, Eduardo
    • Lasheras Mayo, Cristina
    • López-Sela, Purificación
    • Martín Fernández, María
    • Muñiz Albaiceta, Guillermo
    • Nuñez Martínez, Paula
    • Obaya González, Álvaro
    • Olmedillas Fernández, Hugo
    • Pascual Calleja, Isaac
    • Pérez Basterrechea, Marcos
    • Perillan Mendez, Carmen
    • Tomás-Zapico, Cristina

    • Alvarez Menéndez, Francisco
    • Barros de la Roza, Francisco
    • Cal Miguel, Santiago
    • Corte Arboleya, Zoraida
    • Dalton, Kevin P.
    • de la Peña Cortines, Pilar
    • Domínguez Luengo, Pedro
    • Fernández Fernández, M. Pilar
    • Fernández Sánchez, M. Teresa
    • Fernández Vega, Iván
    • García Pechero, Juana María
    • Martín Alonso, José Manuel
    • Morgan Beesly, Reginald Owen
    • Novelli Ciotti , Antonello
    • Parra Fernández, Francisco
    • Prieto García, Belén
    • Rodicio Rodicio, Rosaura
    • Rodrigo Tapia, Juan Pablo
    • Rodríguez González, René
    • Sánchez Cármenes, Ricardo
    • Sánchez Lazo , Pedro
    • Venta Obaya, Rafael


    Microbiology. Microorganisms of clinical and food interest. Differentiation of Streptomyces and their biotechnological applications.

    • Andrés Gómez, María Teresa
    • García Fernández, Beatriz
    • Blanco Blanco, Gloria
    • Fierro Roza, J. Fernando
    • Guijarro Atienza, José Agustín
    • Lombó Brugos, Felipe
    • Manteca Fernández, Ángel
    • Margolles Barros, Abelardo
    • Méndez Fernández, Carmen
    • Méndez Sotorrio, María Jessica
    • Miguelez González Elisa
    • Peláez Andrés, Ana Isabel
    • Quirós Fernández, Luis M.
    • Rodicio Rodicio, M del Rosario
    • Salas Fernández, José
    • Sánchez García, Borja
    • Suárez Fernández, J. Evaristo
    • Villar Granja, Claudio


    Genetic analysis in eucaryots

    • Alcorta Azcue, Esther
    • Ardura Gutiérrez, Alba
    • Borrell Pichs, Yaisel
    • Dapena de la Fuente, Enrique
    • Domínguez Sanjurjo, Ana
    • García Fernández, Carmen
    • García Vázquez, Eva
    • Gómez Díaz, Carolina
    • Machado Schiaffino, Gonzalo
    • Martín López, José Fernando
    • Miralles López, Laura
    • Pérez Méndez, Trinidad
    • Piñeiro Belloso, Rafael
    • Roca Martínez, Agustín
    • Rodríguez Ezpeleta, Naiara
    • Santiago Rubio, Enrique
    • Sierra Zapico, Luisa María
    • Sierra Zapico, Marta

    Biology and technology of reproduction. Reproduction, oxidative stress and proinflammatory states. Assisted reproduction, embryonary development, genetic diversity and reimplantational embryology.

    • Alonso García, Ana
    • Álvarez Fernández, Isabel
    • Caamaño Gualdoni, J. Néstor
    • Díaz Rodríguez, Elena
    • Díez Monforte, Carmen
    • Ferrer Barriendos, Javier
    • Gómez Piñeiro, Enrique
    • González González, Celestino
    • González del Rey, Mª Carmen
    • Goyache Goñi Felix
    • Gutierrez Adan, Alfonso
    • Llaneza Coto, Ángel
    • Muñoz Llamosas, Marta
    • Ramírez de Paz, Miguel Ángel
    • Rizos Dimitrios

    Cellular and molecular biology. Oxidative stress and self-consumption. Tenderization and quality markers. Clinical virology. Neurodegeneration. Aging and frailty. Biological rhythms and visual and circadian photoreception.

    • Alvarez Argüelles, Marta Elena
    • Boga Riveiro, Jose Antonio
    • Caballero Garcia, Beatriz
    • Cernuda Cernuda, Rafael
    • Coto Montes, Ana Mª
    • García Fernández, Jose Manuel
    • Gutierrez Rodriguez, Jose
    • Melón García, Santiago
    • Oliván García, Carmen
    • Rodriguez Guardado, Azucena
    • Pallas LLiberia, Mercè
    • Sierra Sánchez, Verónica
    • Vega Naredo, Ignacio


    Centro Internacional de Postgrado

    Plaza de Riego, s/n, 33003- Oviedo
    985 10 40 75 / 985 10 40 76
    Correo Electrónico:
    • Pedro Sánchez Lazo