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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 2023/2024

NEW | Visualizing DNA Repair through live-Cell Microscopy
Supervisors: Robert M. Martin and Sérgio de Almeida
Lab: Sérgio de Almeida Lab
Contacts: and

The role of RNA modifications in poly(A) tails
Supervisors: Luísa M. Figueiredo and Lúcia Serra
Lab: Luisa Figueiredo Lab
Contact: and

Why mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes increase the risk for breast and ovarian cancer?
Supervisors: Maria Carmo-Fonseca, Célia Carvalho and Pedro Prudêncio
Lab: Maria Carmo-Fonseca Lab
Contact:, and

Role of reticulocytes in the establishment of severe malaria
Supervisor: Ângelo Ferreira Chora
Lab: Maria Mota Lab

Studying the nuclear envelope during human healthy aging
Supervisors: Maria João Sarmento and Nuno Santos
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
Contact: and

A new antiviral strategy for pandemic and seasonal Influenza
Supervisors: Ana Tomás and Anna Reichel
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
Contact: and

Exploring the biomedical potential of bacterial pigments towards antimicrobial solutions against human pathogens
Supervisors: Pedro Castro and Sónia Gonçalves Abreu
Lab: Nuno Santos Lab
Contact: and

BALTing the Lung Immune Response
Supervisors: Marc Veldhoen and Luis Graça
Lab: Marc Veldhoen and Luis Graça Labs
Contact: and

Unlocking the Mystery of Memory T Cells with Single Cell RNA Sequencing
Supervisors: Marc Veldhoen and Luis Graça
Lab: Marc Veldhoen and Luis Graça Labs
Contact: and

Polymeric nanoparticles to target T-cells in glioma
Supervisors: Diana Matias and Luis Graça
Lab: Luis Graça Lab

Modelling single-cell transcriptomic data from healthy human CD4 T cells
Supervisors: Alexandre Raposo and Ana Espada de Sousa
Lab: Ana Espada de Sousa Lab
Contact: and

Modelling multiomics data for Precision Medicine
Supervisors: Alexandre Raposo and Ana Espada de Sousa
Lab: Ana Espada de Sousa Lab
Contact: and

Investigating the role of transcription factors in Plasmodium nutrient sensing
Supervisors: Yvonne Azasi and Maria Mota
Lab: Maria Mota Lab
Contacts: and Sofia Marques,

X chromosome inactivation in systemic lupus erythematosus
Supervisors: Patrícia Costa Reis and Simão Rocha
Labs: João Eurico Fonseca Lab and Institute of Bioengineering and Biosciences, Técnico Lisboa
Contacts: and

Crosstalk between RANK signalling and expression of hormone receptors in breast cancer
Supervisor: Sandra Casimiro
Lab: Luís Costa Lab

Targeting therapeutic resistance in glioblastoma
Supervisors: Cláudia C. Faria and Rita Cascão
Lab: Brain Cancer Dynamics Translational Lab
Contacts: and

Expression and Production of Recombinant Proteins and Antibodies as therapeutic agents in cancer
Supervisor: Marta C. Marques
Lab: Gonçalo Bernardes Lab

What can we learn from tumor-resident and gut microbiota about breast cancer progression, dissemination and response to neoadjuvant treatment?
Supervisor: Karine Serre
Lab: iMM-Laço Hub

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 22nd – June 30th, 2023

Starting Date: October 2023

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: