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 microorganisms 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 conditions, and to the development of innovative diagnostic, therapeutic, and vaccination approaches. The PhD program has interdisciplinary characteristics and allows students to also acquire skills in designing and conducting biomedical experiments in 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 creating 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. Good knowledge of both spoken and written English is required to access the Course. Knowledge of the principal word processing methods and construction of databases and electronic presentations is also required. This is to allow both the necessary bibliographic updating and the drafting of manuscripts, as well as the possibility of actively participating in congresses, seminars, and specific meetings. The interaction with foreign doctoral students in the laboratories also occurs fluently in English. The PhD School is almost entirely formed by Professors of the University of Tor Vergata, with different specific skills, whose integration allows the PhD students to a complete and cutting-edge educational path from the scientific point of view. The areas of expertise of the professors range from basic molecular biology, through genetic and phylogenetic analysis, to immunology applied to vaccine development. This will allow the student, after acquiring the title of PhD, to have access to public and private work spaces, both nationally and EU.