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Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology Applied to Health Sciences

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The International Doctoral Programme in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology Applied to Health Sciences (BiotechHealth) is jointly organized by:

  • Two schools of University of Porto (UPorto) - the Institute for Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS) and the Faculty of Pharmacy (FFUP);
  • Two Research Institutions - the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health of the University of Porto (i3S) and the Network of Chemistry and Technology (REQUIMTE)
  • One Hospital - the Hospital Centre of Porto (CHP).

More than twenty institutions, the majority of which international, including universities, research institutes and companies are also associated to BiotechHealth.

The programme provides training in molecular and cellular biotechnology applied to health sciences, particularly in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, tissue regeneration, cell therapy and nanomedicine, microbial biotechnology, within a truly interdisciplinary and international environment.

The formal training component is limited to ca. 20 ECTS, allowing students to focus on training in a research environment and in conducting experimental work. The teaching component is intended to give them the opportunity to acquire crosscutting skills, particularly in the areas of communication, intellectual property and entrepreneurship. Advanced training courses and seminars in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology will be offered also, emphasizing the need for integration in advanced research environments. An essential component of the program is the collaboration with international research groups of excellence and companies. Students should spend a minimum of 6 months in another foreign institution (research laboratory, hospital or industry).

BiotechHealth will accept up to 15 students per year, based on stringent evaluation. As minimum condition to apply, national or international candidates must have an MSc degree with a strong background in at least one of the following topics:bioengineering, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, biology, medicine, biochemistry, nanomedicine, chemistry.in a relevant scientific field. Some of these students will be eligible for a grant under the FCT PhD Programme.

BiotechHealth has been approved for funding in 2013 by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.


The BiotechHealth Programme aims to provide excellence in doctoral training in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology applied to Health Sciences, in an interdisciplinary and international environment, fostering collaboration with internationally recognized research groups, hospitals and companies, both from Portugal and other countries.


The programme combines cellular and molecular biotechnologies which are crucial in clinical and industrial applications. Molecular Biotechnology (or Molecular Bioengineering) is a new interdisciplinary field, which combines several disciplines, including (Micro)Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Materials Science, Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bioinformatics and Nanotechnology.


Fields of Specialization

The programme will have a special focus on the scientific areas listed below. Interdisciplinary projects, involving two or more areas will be strongly encouraged.

- Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies

- Nanodiagnostics and Nanotherapeutics

- Molecular and Cellular Biophysics and Computational Design of Biomolecules

- Microbial Biotechnology

Professional Abilities

BiotechHealth PhDs will have state-of-the-art scientific expertise in the specific area of their thesis. They will also have skills in entrepreneurship, scientific management and grant writing, intellectual property and communication.

Employment Prospects

BiotechHealth assures high-quality training to those aiming at a professional career in academic or industrial environment, facilitating the access to international research networks or health-oriented biotech companies.



Additional information


For any query regarding the application process please contact:
Helena Cristina Martins
Post- Graduation Office



10h:00 - 12h:00
14h:00 - 15h:30

General information

Official Code: 5881
Director: Mário Barbosa
Codiretor: Salette Reis
Acronym: BioTec
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2013/2014
Duration: 8 Semesters

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology Applied to Health Sciences (240 ECTS credits)
  • Curso de doutoramento em Biotecnologia Molecular e Celular (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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