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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 2021/2022

NEW | Studying the expression of lncRNAs in monocytes in rheumatoid arthritis
Supervisor: Ângelo Calado
Lab: João Eurico da Fonseca Lab

Deciphering co-transcriptional mRNA processing with POINT - an innovative high-throughput sequencing technique

Supervisors: Rui Sousa-Luís and Maria Carmo-Fonseca
Lab: Maria Carmo-Fonseca Lab
Contact: and

Patient-derived organoids as a tool to assess drug response in pancreatic cancer
Supervisor: Noélia Custódio
Lab: Maria Carmo-Fonseca Lab

Characterization of splicing patterns in cells from carriers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene variants classified as VUS
Supervisor: Célia Carvalho
Lab: Maria Carmo-Fonseca Lab

Are There Persisters in Adipose Tissue Populations?
Supervisors: Luisa Figueiredo and Sandra Trindade
Lab: Luisa Figueiredo Lab
Contact: and

Design of membrane models mimicking the inner nuclear membrane in healthy and premature aging
Supervisors: Maria J. Sarmento and Nuno C. Santos
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
Contact: and

Mechanisms of nuclear positioning during metastasis
Supervisor: Edgar Gomes
Lab: Edgar Gomes Lab

Mechanisms of nuclear positioning in skeletal muscle cells
Supervisor: Edgar Gomes
Lab: Edgar Gomes Lab

Identification and study of novel ATRS alleviators in Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres
Supervisors: Bruno Silva and Claus Azzalin
Lab: Claus Maria Azzalin Lab
Contact: and

The functions of long noncoding RNAs in maintaining telomere and genome integrity and cellular immortality
Supervisors: Claus Azzalin and Valentina Riva
Lab: Claus Maria Azzalin Lab
Contact: and

The role of a new protein in the activation of T and B lymphocytes
Supervisors: Silvia Ariotti and Marc Veldhoen
Lab: Marc Veldhoen Lab
Contact: and

Creation of gene-deficient retrogenic mice
Supervisors: Silvia Ariotti and Marc Veldhoen
Lab: Marc Veldhoen Lab
Contact: and

Rejuvenating Strategies for Stem Cell-Based Therapies in the Aged Skeletal Muscle
Supervisors: Pedro Sousa-Victor and Joana Neves
Lab: Aging and Tissue Repair Lab
Contact: and

Targeting SARS-CoV-2, Zika, and other viruses in the brain to prevent neurological damages
Supervisors: Miguel Castanho and Ana Salomé Veiga
Lab: Miguel Castanho Lab
Contact: and

Fighting bacteria using innovative eradication techniques
Miguel Castanho and Ana Salomé Veiga
Lab: Miguel Castanho Lab
Contact: and

Designer parasites for improved malaria vaccination
António M. Mendes, Diana Moita and Miguel Prudêncio
Lab: Miguel Prudêncio Lab
Contact:, and

Studying the role of HOXA9 in IL7R-mediated B-cell leukemogenesis
João T. Barata
Lab: João Barata Lab

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 24th - June 30th, 2021

Starting Date: October 2021

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)
Pedro Simas, PhD
Cláudio Franco, PhD
Luísa V. Lopes, PhD
Edgar Gomes, PhD


Training Hub iMM: