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PH.D. IN EXPERIMENTAL AND APPLIED BIOLOGY

DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE:  GENETIC PHYSIOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY

Coordinator: Josefa Antón Botella (anton@ua.es) 

 

DESIGNATED BODY

Academic Committee: 

Pursuant to Article 12 of the Regulations for Official Doctoral Degrees of the University of Alicante (BOUA 31 July, 2012), the Academic Committee shall be made up by the PhD faculty member who is supervising at least one doctoral thesis in the field of the doctoral programme(s) being phased out, or had supervised any of them in the past six years, or prove their research capacity with the accreditation of the completion of at least 2 research periods in accordance with the provisions of RD 1086/1989 of 28 August, on the remuneration of university faculty. This Committee shall be chaired over by the Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme and any of its members proposed by its Coordinator will be able to act as the secretary.

 

LINES OF RESEARCH

1. Extremophilic proteins

2. Nitrogen Cycle and its regulation in haloarchaea

3. Genomics and proteomics of halophilic organisms

4. Plant secondary metabolism engineering

5. Plant functional genomics and proteomics

6. Production of secondary metabolites in plant cell cultures

7. Enzyme Engineering

8. Signal transduction in cyanobacteria

9. Microbial genomics and metagenomics

10. Molecular microbial ecology

11. CRISPR-cas systems

12. Viruses in natural environments

13. Neuroreceptors modulation

14. Therapy for neurodegenerative diseases of the retina

15. Expression in the retina of neurodegenerative genetic disease gene and protein-associated 

 

COMPULSORY CROSS-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

COMMON COMPULSORY CROSS-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

1st Common compulsory cross-curricular activity: Information management and retrieval tools

2nd Common compulsory cross-curricular activity: Research aims and objectives

3rd Common compulsory cross-curricular activity: Scientific communication models

SPECIFIC COMPULSORY CROSS-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

ACTIVITY: Seminars and workshops

No. OF HOURS: 30

DESCRIPTION

Specific training activity consisting of attending seminars taught by researchers related to the doctoral programme and well-known visiting researchers. The objective is to have one researcher at a time explaining their research work to all doctoral students in a two-hour seminar periodically.

A catalogue of seminars related to the topics of the doctoral theses in progress will be developed at the beginning of each academic year. This activity, which includes full-time students students in the doctoral programme attending 10 seminars/workshops during the three years. In the case of part-time students, the deadline is extended up to six years.

ADAPTATION PROCEDURE: Students must attend at least 10 of these seminars, which are included in the Doctoral Activity Document. Once the seminars are completed, students must submit a report on the contents thereof.

ACTIVITY: Seminars of doctoral students.

No. OF HOURS: 30

DESCRIPTION

Specific training activity consisting of a day devoted for the students registered in the doctoral programme where they should present and defend in English the research work they have done over each year in front of their classmates and lecturers of the doctoral programme. The number of hours of this activity includes the preparation time of the presentation and attendance to all presentations.Full-time doctoral students will present a seminar on their work at the end of the second and third year of the programme. Part-time students will present the results of their thesis work at the end of their fourth and sixth year.

ADAPTATION PROCEDURE: Student should attend presentations and their participation will be included in the Doctoral Activity Document. Both the content and formal aspects of presentations will be assessed, as well as their quality.

ACTIVITY: Scientific communication presentation

No of HOURS: 100

DESCRIPTION

Specific training activity consisting of training for scientific communication. The activity will include: drafting and public presentation (if accepted) of a work related to the topic of the thesis in conferences, lectures, workshops or doctoral meetings both nationwide and internationally.

Full-time students will submit a presentation to a national and international conference during the second or third year from their enrolment in the doctoral programme. Part-time students will submit their presentation from the fourth year and before the end of the doctoral programme.

ADAPTATION PROCEDURE Certificate of attendance to the scientific communication event and bibliographical reference of the proceedings on the Doctoral Activity Document. The following aspects will be assessed: (i) quality of the conference where the communication is submitted, (ii) acceptance of the communication by the conference scientific committee, (iii) testing the communication by the Academic Committee of the corresponding doctoral programme or researchers designated, and (iv) contribution to the communication by the speaker.

MOBILITY ACTIONS

As part of the actions taken to the Programme internationalisation and with th eaim of making the performance of specific activities implying mobility to other research centres easier for doctoral students, mobilty will be encouraged through their participation in short-term scientific missions (STMS) and Training Schools envisaged within COST Actions (http://www.cost.eu/), as well as in scientific and technical courses promoted by European Scientific Foundations and Societies (SEBBM, SEPROT, ESF, EMBO, FEMS, EUPA,.etc.). For this purpose, funding for mobility coming from FPU, FPI and those from the University of Alicante will be included, as well as funding for short stays from international organisations such as EMBO short-term fellowships and similar fellowships.

ACTIVITY: Stays in universities and higher education centres

No. of HOURS 720

DESCRIPTION

Activity specific training consisting of the mobility of the student to a university or centre of top research other than that which is registered for the realization of tasks of research related to their thesis topic. Minimum stay of one month, with the possibility of temporarily split.

Over the last two years of her PhD studies, full-time students must be a stay of at least one month. In the case of students full-time partial stay may be carried out during the past four years.

Procedure for adaptationAccreditation certificate of the stay issued by the unit responsible for the stay in the University or research center.

Mobility actions: as in the previous activity.

CURRICULUM

PRE-REGISTRATION AND REGISTRATION

No. of places offered during the academic year 2013-2014:

15 full-time places

5 part-time places

PRE-REGISTRATION AND REGISTRATION PROCESS

 

DOCTORAL PROGRAMME ADMISSION CRITERIA

General information on admission requirements can be found here: http://cedip.ua.es/es/secretaria/secretaria-administrativa/matricula/2013-14/matricula-para-acceder-a-los-estudios-de-doctorado.html

The University of Alicante has a sound background in available with the aim of advising and guide students in their personal curriculum, with specific programmes pursuant to this ultimate goal. The offices in charge of this are the Student Support Centre, (SSC), every unit at the Student Service (admissions, mobility, training, certificates, university student card and funding), plus the Curricular Design Office, assigned to the Office for Studies Planning, Training Actions & Quality Standards.

RECOMMENDED ENTRY PROFILE:

Holders of a Master's degree in Biotechnology, Biomedicine, Life Sciences or other related to the lines of research included in this programme. We also recommend to enrol in this Doctoral Programme those students who:

1. Have graduated in studies realted to Life Sciences, Biotechnology and/or Biomedicine.

2. Have a B1-level English language competence.

3. Have knowledge of basic experimental techniques related to the research teams they intent to belong to.

4. Have user knowledge of both basic computing and/or biocomputing software.

5. Are able to interrelate knowledge so as to approach problems from different points of view, by enriching solutions

las soluciones.

6. Have the capacity of independet research skills, but limited to the performance od specific and guided studies.

7. Are able to search for scientific bibliography.

8. Have oral and written communication skills.

 

 

PARTICIPATING RESEARCH TEAMS

TEAM No. 1: MOLECULAR SYSTEMS BIOLOGY

MARIA JOSE BONETE PÉREZ

ROQUE BRU MARTÍNEZ

JUAN FERRER CASANOVA

MONICA CAMACHO CARRASCO

CARMEN PIRE GALIANA

ROSA MARIA MARTINEZ ESPINOSA

JULIA ESCLAPEZ ESPLIEGO

SUSANA SELLES MARCHANT

JULEA NICOLE BUTT

JOERG SOPPA

 

TEAM No. 2: GENETIC AND MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY

FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ VALERA

ASUNCION CONTRERAS DE VERA

JAVIER ESPINOSA MANZANO

VICENTE RUBIO ZAMORA

ALBERTO MARINA MORENO

JOSEFA ANTÓN BOTELLA

FRANCISCO J. MARTINEZ MOJICA

RAMON ROSSELLO MORA

JUAN ANTONIO GABALDÓN ESTEVAN

 

TEAM NO. 3: CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOMEDICINE

NICOLAS CUENCA NAVARRO

ANDRES MORALES CALDERON

JOSE MARTIN NIETO

ISABEL IVORRA PASTOR

JUAN MARTÍNEZ-PINNA LÓPEZ

PEDRO LAX ZAPATA

EUGENIA VICTORIA MANEU FLORES

ANTONIA ANGULO JEREZ

MERCEDES PALMERO CABEZAS

 

 

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