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About the Program


The MolBioS program is the result of the long experience in interdisciplinary PhD programs in molecular-focused biosciences at NOVA. The program is coordinated by ITQB NOVA and has also the participation of groups from Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (IBET), UCIBIO the Research Unit on Applied Molecular Biosciences from the Universities of Porto and NOVA, and the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC). A total of 70 highly competitive research groups from the associated institutions will be affiliated with this program.

The academic degree is awarded by Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Raquel Sá Leão & Ricardo Louro (as co-coordinator)


                              DIRECTIVE BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Raquel Sá Leão
Ricardo Louro
Inês C. Pereira
Carlos Romão
Julia Costa
Paula Alves
Maria João Romão
Jaime Mota
Élio Sucena

Raquel Sá Leão
Ricardo Louro
Isabel Abreu
Catarina Brito
Cecília Arraiano
Maria João Romão
Jaime Mota
Nelson Saibo

Ana Barbas


Participating institutions


ITQB NOVA is devoted to research and graduate training in a highly multidisciplinary environment comprising chemistry, life sciences, and associated technologies. Researchers and students benefit from outstanding facilities, equipment, and support services.  Every year, about 40 students finish their PhD at ITQB NOVA.

IBET, a close partner of ITQB NOVA, is a Biotechnology Research Organisation acting as an interface for technology transfer between academic and public institutions and private companies. The scientific activities comprise mainly research contracts for Healthcare/Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, Agrochemical, Forest and Environmental industries and R&D activities through competitive funding.

UCIBIO, is a Research Unit on Applied Molecular Biosciences, with researchers from the Universities of Porto and NOVA of Lisbon. Only groups from NOVA participate in this Program. UCIBIO promotes research in the interface between Chemistry and Biological Sciences.


IGC is a biological research institute supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. IGC 's activities are focused on biomedical research, particularly those related to the genetic basis of development and evolution of complex systems.




The MolBioS PhD Program is funded  by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia




The MolBioS PhD Program has been accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Higher Education, Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior A3ES.




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