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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 2024/2025

Cardioids as disease models for inherited cardiomyopathies
Supervisors: Sandra Martins and Ana Margarida Rosa Soares
Lab: Maria Carmo-Fonseca Lab
Contact: and

IL-17 driven tissue inflammation upon sciatic nerve injury
Supervisor: Julie Ribot
Lab: Ribot & Silva-Santos Lab

Evaluation of nanocoatings for the prevention of prosthetic joint infections
Supervisors: Sónia Gonçalves and Nuno C. Santos
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
Contact: and

Bottom-up reconstruction of a synthetic erythrocyte: membrane properties, biomechanical assessment and cell-cell interactions
Supervisors: Filomena Carvalho and Maria João Sarmento 
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
Contact: and

Exploring the biomedical potential of bacterial pigments for nano-based antimicrobial solutions against human pathogens
Supervisors: Pedro Castro and Nuno C. Santos
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
Contact: and

Molecular insights into the biomechanical deterioration of the nuclear envelope during human healthy aging
Supervisors: Maria João Sarmento and Nuno C. Santos 
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
Contact: and

Early serodiagnosis of Pneumocystis infection using gold nanoparticles and amyloid-based nanofibrils for signal detection and amplification
Supervisors: Ana L. Tomás and Ivo C. Martins
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
Contact: and

Role of cytoskeleton controlling muscle cell’s contraction
Supervisor: Edgar R. Gomes 
Lab: Edgar Gomes Lab

Identification of repetitive structures during skeletal muscle contraction by super-resolution and hyper-speed live imaging
Supervisors: Edgar R. Gomes and Ricardo Henriques
Lab: Edgar Gomes Lab
Contact: and

The role of bioactive lipids in idiopathic nephrotic syndrome – exploring changes on lipid distribution and content in podocytes
Supervisors: Sara Gonçalves and Patrícia Costa Reis
Labs: João Eurico Fonseca Lab
Contacts: and

Immune regulation of skeletal muscle metabolic health and exercise response in aging
Supervisors: Pedro Sousa-Victor and Joana Neves
Labs: Neves & Sousa-Victor Lab
Contacts: and

The contribution of T cell aging to skeletal muscle regenerative decline
Supervisors: Joana Neves and Pedro Sousa-Victor  
Labs: Neves & Sousa-Victor Lab
Contacts: and

Antigen-driven T cell responses during gastric cancer initiation
Supervisors: Margarida Rei and Susana Lopes da Silva
Lab: Ana Espada de Sousa Lab
Contact: and

Identifying new regulators of LINE-1 activity using CRISPR-based genetic screens
Supervisor: Anne-Valerie Gendrel
Lab: Sérgio de Almeida Lab

Amyloid nanofibrils as scaffold to support antimicrobial peptide-nanoparticle conjugates for the inhibition of bacterial growth 
Supervisors: Ivo C. Martins and Sónia Gonçalves
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
Contact: and

RANK pathway inhibition as add-on therapy in breast cancer
Supervisor: Sandra Casimiro
Lab: Luís Costa Lab

Long term effect of tofacitinib on bone: friend or foe?
Supervisors: Bruno Vidal and Adriana Vieira
Labs: João Eurico Fonseca Lab
Contacts: and

Uncovering the role of ANXA4 in glioblastoma recurrence
Supervisores: Cláudia Faria and Rita Cascão
Lab: Brain Cancer Dynamics and Therapy Translational Lab
Contacts: and

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: April 2nd – June 27th, 2024

Starting Date: October 2024

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)
Edgar Gomes, PhD
Leonor Saúde, PhD
Luísa V. Lopes, PhD
Sérgio de Almeida, PhD


Training Hub iMM: