PhD Programmes

  • PhD Programme in Biomedicine and Molecular Oncology

    General Information

    Number of places: 20

    Languages: Spanish

    Coordination
    • Luis Menéndez
       
      luismen@uniovi.es
    Commissions

    Academic

    • Carlos Olano
    • Segundo González Rodríguez
    • Carlos López Otín
    • Carlos Suárez Nieto
    • Carmen Rodríguez Sánchez
    • Luis Menéndez
    Presentation

    PhD Programme in Biomedicine and Molecular Oncology of the University of Oviedo - Mention of Excellence

    The PhD Programme in Biomedicine and Molecular Oncology aims at educating highly-qualified researchers for research in the field of Cancer Research. The wide range of options in terms of lines of research that may be found later on will allow the student to choose for the research specialization that best suits their goals.

    The previous career in PhD formation and the activity of the IUOPA have played so far, and must continue doing so, a vital role in the formation of researchers in the field of Biomedicine and Molecular Oncology, bridging the gap between the basic and clinical spheres of biomedical research of our environment and contributing to extend the scientific method in the clinical fields more directly related to cnacer and other diseases.

    This PhD Programme has the Mention of Excellence until the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Access and Admission

    Access Profile:

    As a general rule, the appropriate profile of access to be admitted into the PhD Programme in Biomedicine and Molecular Oncology will be that of a student with Undergraduate and Master's Degrees that have given them adequate formation in the disciplines of the biomedical field. It is a basic requirement that the PhD students have received a formation in disciplines such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Genetics, Immunology and Pharmacology and, if pertinent, in more clinical disciplines related to pathology, therapeutics and epedimiology. The existence of different Degrees that give more or less formation in these subjects will allow the integration in our research teams of students with different backgrounds, especially purely basic ones, which translates as a strong addition to our laboratories.

    The Undergraduates Degrees that suit our profile of access are Medicine, Biology, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Odontology, Nursery or Physiotherapy. In terms of Master's Degrees, those that deal with the aforementioned fields will be especially adequate.

    Furthermore, an aspect that would give an optimal adequation to the academic profile of the applicant to be accepted into our PhD Programme would be having some experience in biomedical research, be it because they come from a Master's Degree in which they work that aspect in concrete, or because they have participated in activities in laboratories related to the research in the fields of Biomedicine, even in starting phases.

    The field of work of the PhD Programme requires the students to know either Spanish or English. The knowledge of the latter needs to be at least enough to understand the scientific literature and write essays in English.

    Criteria for Admissions:

    The Process will be conducted following articles 6 and 7 of the Royal Decree 99/2011, dated January 28, and will be managed by the PhD Committee of the Programme. All the candidates who are applying both in full-time and part-time will have to provide, alongside the required documentation, a document in which they specify the line(s) in which they would want to work and, if possible, the professor under whom they would like to work if they are admitted. This document will only be used to speed up the task of assigning directors and will never be used as a further merit.

    Merits will be assessed following these criteria:

    A) Academic record of the Undergraduate or Bachelor's Degree (up to 4 points)

    40% of the numerical value featured on the academic record will be counted. If the academic record does not specify a numerical value, it will be adapted with the following criteria:

    • Aprobado 1;
    • Notable 2;
    • Sobresaliente 3;
    • Matrícula honor 4;

    B) Academic record of the Master's Degree (up to 2 points)

    20% of the numerical value featured on the academic record will be counted.

    C) Affinity with the field of Biomedicine and Molecular Oncology of the Undergraduate and Master's Degrees completed (up to 1 point)

    In the related Degrees mentioned in the previous section (Medicine, Biology, Pharmacy, etc.), the full point will be awarded.

    Nevertheless, given the recent increase in the multidisciplinary nature of our teams, it is possible, as it has previously happened, that Graduates from other less-related Degrees (Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, etc.) may offer an adequate profile for a certain line of work. In this case, Undergraduate and Master's Degrees may be awarded 1 point as long as they are useful for working with any of the teams that compose our lines of research. To do so, it will be necessary to provide a written justification on the adequation of the profile of the cadidate to the lines of research desired by said profile, by any professor working on that line. This justification must be attached to the documentation presented during the process of admission.

    D) Research merits (Up to 1 point)

    There is the possibility of evaluating merits related to research that have been achieved before the start of the PhD period. Although the competences related to research are acquired mainly throughout the PhD, it is not uncommon to find that some students begin to work at laboratories during their Master's Degrees or the last year of their Undergraduate Degree via, for example, collaboration grants. During this period, the student may conduct basic research that can be taken into account. It is also possible that some of the candidates have taken specific courses that may be useful for lab work, stays at other laboratories or even a previous PhD. This mix of possible merits can be assigned with up to 2 points, according to the following criteria:

    • Publication of scientific articles in indexed journals: up to 0.3
    • Other scientific communications (congresses, etc.): up to 0.1
    • Related courses: up to 0.1
    • Stays at research centers: up to 0.2
    • Collaboration grants/Internships: up to 0.2
    • Other research merits: up to 0.1

    E) Personal interview (Up to 2 points)

    The PhD Committee or, if needed, a professor of the PhD Programme proposed by the Committe due to their relation with the line of research that the candidate shows interest for, will conduct an interview with the applicants, in which they will explore aspects such as the attitude and motivation of the student towards the scientific topics of our field, the capacity to argue in a reasoned way about the ethical aspects of biomedical research or the critical capacity of the applicants when they have to approach matter related to scientific knowledge.

    In order to properly measure the results of these interviews, the following criteria will be applied:

    • A) Personal attitude and critical capacity in relation to aspects of research in the field of biomedicine and their interrelation with society.
    • B) Degree of knowledge of the scientific and social dimension of the problems faced by research in the biomedical field and in the lines of research chosen during the PhD Programme.
    • C) Knowledge of the importance of communication in the field of biomedical sciences, as well as that of the dissemination of scientific knowledge within society.
    • D) Level of consciousness of the relevance of the legal framework in which biomedical research takes place (basically, the contents of Law 14/2007, dated July 3, of Biomedical Research).
    • E) Consideration of the ethical implications of experimental research in aspects such as work with lab animals, genetical manipulation or work with stem cells.
    • F) Evaluation of the importance of the application of the scientific method in biomedical research.
    • G) Consideration of biomedical research as a basic tool to develop strategies that facilitate the improvement of the quality of the health of the population.
    Complementary Formation:

    In some cases, the Programme will considerate granting access to our PhD to students who do not come from the aforementioned Degrees, but whose formation may contribute to the development of our lines of research. This has been the case in the past few years of students of Engineering and may happen in the future with students of Chemistry, Physics and even Mathematics. If this situation takes place, students will be required to take during their first year of PhD the subjects "History and methodology of Science" and "Molecular and histological diagnosis of cancer" from the Master's Degree in Biomedicine and Molecular Oncology that, given their methodological contents, appear to be the most suitable ones to complement the formation of these PhD students, bringing them closer to our field of work. Both subjects amount to a total of 6 credits. In case that the topic of the PhD demands it from the student, the PhD Committee, in agreement with their tutor, may require them to take other alternative courses, of similar extension, up to a maximum of 18 ECTS from the offer of Master's Degrees of the University of Oviedo.

    Formative Activities

    Activities

    • Cross-curricular Formation
      Total Amount of Hours: 60

      Description of the Activity: The NAMOBICA Scientific Meeting was born as an initiative by the Cluster of Biomedicine and Health of the Campus of International Excellence of the University of Oviedo, in direct collaboration with the IUOPA (University Institute of Oncology) and EntreChem. Its main objetive is to strenghten the specialization in Genomics and Proteomics of Cancer and Aging, one of the lines of research of the Cluster, as well as to make publicize the latest scientific advances in this field and encouraging collaborative work between its researchers. In this Cluster, celebrated researchers devoted tot he study of the biology of cancer and the underlying molecular changes offer a series of conferences, followed by a space for debate.

      The following learning results are expected:

      The result will be a more profound development of the CB11, B13, CB14 and CB15 competences described in Section 2. This activity will allow access to first-line researchers in an international scale and participation in the debates. There is also de possibility of participating with posters that explain the contents of the Thesis and the advances of the researches conducted by the PhD students.

      Monitoring Procedures: Individualized control of attendance will be conducted. Moreover, the students of the Programme will have to select one of the topics presented by the exhibitors and write a report on it. Said report will not exceed 10 pages, will use updated bibliography and will have to be handed in to be evaluated by the PhD Committe at the same time as the annual PhD report.

      Participation in the Meeting will be part of the will be part of their document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), that will reflect the active participation with a poster or communications by the student.

      Mobility Actions: Not applicable

      • Gathering information by experts in the subject of the thesis of the PhD student.
      • Exchanging information with other PhD students.
      • Finding professional alternatives to the development of their university research career.
      • Highlighting their role as innovator and making it known among the academic community.
    • NAMOBICA Scientific Meeting (New Approaches to Molecular Biology of Cancer)
      Total Amount of Hours: 8

      Description of the Activity: The NAMOBICA Scientific Meeting was born as an initiative by the Cluster of Biomedicine and Health of the Campus of International Excellence of the University of Oviedo, in direct collaboration with the IUOPA (University Institute of Oncology) and EntreChem. Its main objetive is to strenghten the specialization in Genomics and Proteomics of Cancer and Aging, one of the lines of research of the Cluster, as well as to make publicize the latest scientific advances in this field and encouraging collaborative work between its researchers. In this Cluster, celebrated researchers devoted tot he study of the biology of cancer and the underlying molecular changes offer a series of conferences, followed by a space for debate.

      The following learning results are expected:

      The result will be a more profound development of the CB11, B13, CB14 and CB15 competences described in Section 2. This activity will allow access to first-line researchers in an international scale and participation in the debates. There is also de possibility of participating with posters that explain the contents of the Thesis and the advances of the researches conducted by the PhD students.

      Monitoring Procedures: Individualized control of attendance will be conducted. Moreover, the students of the Programme will have to select one of the topics presented by the exhibitors and write a report on it. Said report will not exceed 10 pages, will use updated bibliography and will have to be handed in to be evaluated by the PhD Committe at the same time as the annual PhD report.

      Participation in the Meeting will be part of the will be part of their document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), that will reflect the active participation with a poster or communications by the student.

      Mobility Actions: Not applicable

      • Gathering information by experts in the subject of the thesis of the PhD student.
      • Exchanging information with other PhD students.
      • Finding professional alternatives to the development of their university research career.
      • Highlighting their role as innovator and making it known among the academic community.
    • Mobility
      Total Amount of Hours: 13

      Description of the Activity: The PhD Programme will encourage, as much as possible, that the PhD students conduct stays in other laboratories capable of offering them more specialization in their field of work, just like it has been until now. Moreover, the PhD students will be encouraged to participate in specialized congresses on their field of work.

      The goal is to work especially on the CB11, CA03 and CA04 competences.

      Nevertheless, since these activities are closely related to the availability of funding, it will be up to the tutor, the director of the Thesis and the PhD student to decide whether they will take on the mobility actions, making compulsory only the attendance and participation (oral communication or poster) in at least one specialized congress during the three years of PhD.

      Monitoring Procedures: In the case of congresses, the PhD student will have to hand in a copy of their participation to the PhD Committee alongside their corresponding annual report. If they make a stay at a laboratory, the PhD student will need to compose a report describing their activity in the corresponding center and also present it to the PhD Committee.

      Participation in the Meeting will be part of the will be part of their document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), that will reflect the active participation with a poster or communications by the student.

      Mobility Actions: The PhD Programme contemplates that mobility stays are conducted starting on the second year for full-time PhD students and during the third one for part-time students. The recommended duration of the stay in other laboratories will be between 4 and 12 weeks and it will take place in the centers with which the professors of the Programme in charge of directing the Thesis maintain scientific relations.

      Furthermore, attendance to specialized congresses is included in the mobility actions.

    • Participation in the Symposia organized by the IUOPA
      Total Amount of Hours: 13

      Description of the Activity: With a certain frequency, the IOUPA organizes in Oviedo an International Symposium attended by scientists who work in the fields related to its activity. The latest one took place on November 18-19, 2010, and, depending on the economic availability, it will continue to take place. Moreover, apart from the sessions of invited conferences, it organizes sessions for posters in which, normally, the groups of the institute showcase their results, with a relevant participation by the PhD students.

      The PhD students may conduct this activity during the first, second or third year of their PhD, depending on the date of the Symposium.

      This meetings work on the CB11, CA06, CB15 and CB13 competences.

      Monitoring Procedures: Apart from controling attendance, the students of the Programme will have to present the results of their PhD Thesis as a poster or oral communication. To prove their participation, they will have to hand in a copy of their participation in the Symposium to the PhD Committe alongside the corresponding annual report.

      Mobility Actions: Not applicable

    Lines of Research

    Biosynthesis of anti-tumoral compounds by microorganisms

    • Alfredo Fernández Braña
    • Mª Carmen Méndez Fernández
    • Carlos Olano Alvarez
    • José Antonio Salas Fernández
    • Ángel Manteca Fernández

    Pathology and Immunity

    • Juan Ramón de los Toyos González
    • Segundo González Rodríguez
    • Carlos López Larrea
    • Patricia López Suárez
    • Ana Suárez Díaz

    Genomic and molecular approaches to Biomedicine

    • María Aurora Astudillo González
    • Santiago Jesús Cal Miguel
    • Agustín Fernandez Fernandez
    • Mario Fernández Fraga
    • Carlos López Otín
    • José María Pérez Freije
    • Victor Quesada Fernández
    • Xosé Antón Suárez Puente

    Head and neck cancer

    • César Antonio Álvarez
    • Marcos María Dolores Chiara Romero
    • Juana María García Pedrero
    • María Victoria González Meana
    • José Luis Llorente Pendás
    • Juan Pablo Rodrigo Tapia
    • René Rodríguez González
    • Carlos Suárez Nieto

    Experimental study of strategies for the treatment and prevention of neoplasic processesEstudio experimental de estrategias para el tratamiento y prevención de los procesos neoplásicos

    • Serafin Marcos Costilla García
    • Isaac Antolín González
    • Ana Baamonde Arbaiza
    • Luis Barneo Serra
    • Agustín Hidalgo Balsera
    • Juan Carlos Mayo Barrallo
    • Luis Menéndez Antolín
    • Carmen Rodriguez Sanchez
    • Rosa María Sáinz Menéndez
    • Luisa María Sierra Zapico
    • Adonina Tardón García
    • José María Viétez de Prado

    Contact

    International Center for Postgraduate Studies

    Address:
    Plaza de Riego. 33003 - Oviedo
    Telephone:
    985 10 49 75 / 985 10 49 76
    Fax:
    985 10 49 59
    E-mail:
    infodoctorado@uniovi.es
    Coordination
    • Luis Menéndez
       
      luismen@uniovi.es