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Master Training

iMM regularly hosts students to conduct their Master Thesis Projects within several of our Research Groups.

List of Master Projects for 2022/2023

NEW | Deciphering how ovaries talk to other organs to modulate animal physiology
Supervisor: Zita Carvalho-Santos
Lab: Zita Carvalho-Santos Lab

Deciphering the bioenergetics signature of brain mitochondria
Supervisor: Vanessa Morais
Lab: Vanessa Morais Lab

Exploring the contribution of transposable elements for the pathogenesis of Rett syndrome
Supervisor: Anne-Valerie Gendrel
Lab: Sérgio de Almeida Lab

Determine the impact of nuclear envelope rupture on cell homeostasis
Supervisors: Robert M. Martin and Sérgio de Almeida
Lab: Sérgio de Almeida Lab
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Investigating R-loops as regulators of splicing
Supervisors: Robert M. Martin and Sérgio de Almeida
Lab: Sérgio de Almeida Lab
Contacts: and

High-throughput sequencing technologies to decipher co-transcriptional mRNA processing kinetics
Supervisors: Maria Carmo-Fonseca and Rui Sousa-Luís
Lab: Maria Carmo-Fonseca Lab
Contacts: and

Spatial organization of co-transcriptional pre-mRNA splicing
Supervisors: Maria Carmo-Fonseca and Pedro Prudêncio
Lab: Maria Carmo-Fonseca Lab
Contacts: and

Harnessing the potential of Trypanosoma brucei-derived compounds to tackle obesity
Supervisors: Luisa Figueiredo and Henrique Machado
Lab: Luisa Figueiredo Lab
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The role of JAK-STAT signaling pathway in early arthritis
Supervisor: Rita Moura
Lab: João Eurico Fonseca Lab

The effect of tofacitinib on peripheral blood leukocytes from early arthritis patients
Supervisor: Rita Moura
Lab: João Eurico Fonseca Lab

Muscle Immune regulation of Stem Cell Aging
Supervisors: Pedro Sousa-Victor and Joana Neves
Lab: Pedro Victor Lab
Contacts: and

Mechanisms of MANF-mediated immune modulation in tissue repair
Supervisors: Joana Neves and Pedro Sousa-Victor
Lab: Joana Neves Lab
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Studying the nuclear envelope during human healthy aging – a biophysics approach
Supervisors: Maria João Sarmento and Nuno Santos
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
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Harnessing the biotechnological potential of microbial pigments to develop antimicrobial solutions against multidrug resistant human pathogens
Supervisors: Pedro Castro and Sónia Gonçalves Abreu
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
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Optimizing the production of natural microbial pigments for the sustainable dyeing of textile materials
Supervisors: Pedro Castro and Sónia Gonçalves Abreu
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
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The interaction between pollution and other environmental measures on systemic lupus erythematosus
Supervisors: Bruno Miranda and Patrícia Costa Reis
Lab: João Eurico Fonseca Lab
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Combater vírus e/ou bactérias usando fármacos seletivos para membranas
Supervisor: Miguel Castanho
Lab: Miguel Castanho Lab

Crosstalk between PLCγ1 and Estrogen Receptor Modulates the Prognosis and Therapy Resistance of Luminal Breast Cancer
Supervisor: Marta Martins
Lab: Luís Costa Lab

Visualisation of the Onco-immuno-microbial crosstalk in the human breast tumour microenvironment
Supervisors: Karine Serre, Sérgio Dias and Nuno Morais
Lab: iMM-Laço Hub, Bruno Silva-Santos Lab, Sérgio Dias Lab and Nuno Morais Lab
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Parasite exploitation of host immune complement, C1s, during malaria infection
Supervisor: Yvonne Azasi
Lab: Maria Mota Lab
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NEW | Identification of parasite proteins that mediate binding to blood vessels
Supervisors: Sara Silva Pereira and Luisa Figueiredo
Lab: Luisa Figueiredo Lab
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Application to Master Projects

1. Application Process

  1. Candidates should choose their preferred Project from the list indicated above.
  2. Candidates should email potential iMM Master Project supervisors providing the following documents:
  • CV: including candidate´s contact info; info on completed/ongoing degrees and respective Graduate School and University (Faculdade/Universidade); quantitative info on academic performance up to date e.g. final average grade (or discriminated grades, if applicable); info on prior research training (if applicable); English fluency; etc.
  • Motivation Letter: statement explaining how the candidate´s prior academic path and future professional plans fit within the scope of the specific Master Project.
  • References: contact info (email and phone) of two References. References may be Professors who know the candidate well as a student, or Supervisors of prior research training, etc
  • Please note that Supervisors email contacts are provided in the List indicated above.

2. Selection

Selection is made directly by each potential iMM Supervisor.

Supervisors may decide based on application documents only or eventually get in touch directly with the References, or invite the candidates for interview.

Each Master training position is open until filled. Candidates are informed of the selection process outcome directly by potential Supervisors.

Master Course in Biomedical Research

Application Period: May 23rd - July 8th, 2022

Starting Date: October 2022

To apply please visit:
More info on how to apply:


We offer a multidisciplinary, transversal and integrated Master training from the bench to the bedside grounded on the four major areas of biomedical research: (i) cell biology and cancer; (ii) neurosciences; (iii) cardiovascular biology, (iv) infection and immunity.

Our methodology stimulates self-learning through teaching in small work groups, with systematic assessment of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

The students will have the opportunity to pursue their research projects within the Lisbon Academic Medical Centre environment with top scientists and a vibrant atmosphere, obtaining state-of-the-art biomedical training in our unique setting combining the Hospital, Medical School and Research Institutes, where teams of researchers are working together.


Prepare independent, critical, creative, curious, and pioneer researchers with a strong training on the application of the scientific method to pursue a doctoral degree in Biomedicine.

The strategy is based on tutorial and selective teaching in advanced technologies and methodologies and their relevance and application to a set of biomedical problems.

Skills Acquisition

Students will be stimulated to advance learning of critical skills required to enroll in a doctoral program.

Technical skills: training through research, imaging, analytical techniques, cell and molecular biology, computational biology, use of animal models, data analysis.

Transversal skills: scientific drafting, communication, bioethics, management, critical thinking, autonomy, creativity.

Career Prospects

Biomedical research in academia or industry, doctoral degree in Biomedicine.

Admission Requirements & Selection Criteria

A first cycle degree or above in any scientific area.

We welcome applications from highly qualified and motivated students of all nationalities.

Two-step evaluation process:
Step 1 - Assessment of the CV of applicant and personal statement.
Step 2 - Interview (Only selected applicants from Step 1 will be considered for Step 2).

Language & Vacancies

The course will be held in English.
Maximum 10 students will be accepted for this Master Course.

Application & Tuition Fees

The application has a 100€ fee.
All tuition fees will be fully supported by Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM) scholarship.

Study Plan

Scientific Commitee

Luís Graça, MD, PhD (Coordinator)
Cláudio Franco, PhD
Luísa V. Lopes, PhD
Edgar Gomes, PhD


Training Hub iMM: