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Doctoral Program

in Neurobiology

We form researchers able to integrate and apply the
knowledge in neurobiology to multiple complexity levels

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Doctoral Program

in Neurobiology

Identifying relevant questions in neurobiology, design, and conduct
research projects independently to contribute with novel methods or
knowledge to the field.

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Doctoral Program

in Neurobiology

Due to the integrative and interdisciplinary nature of the program,
Ph.D. holders will be prepared to pursue career paths inside and outside of neurobiology.

The Doctoral Program in Neurobiology is accredited by the American Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) since August 2017
The program is full-time

Description

In the last decades, the development of novel tools and technologies has generated an unprecedented opportunity to approach essential questions in the neural biology or neurobiology. How brain cells develop, connect, and work, remain as some of the most challenging questions in the current science. The Doctoral Program in Neurobiology of Universidad Mayor aims to form researchers committed to answering some of these questions. This knowledge will not only allow us to understand basic principles of neuronal and brain function in biological terms, but is essential to seek new approaches to treat, cure, and even prevent neurodegenerative conditions. Our program was born from an interdisciplinary initiative catalyzed by research groups of the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) and in collaboration with the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics (CGB) that combine different levels of analysis: from animal behavior to omics technologies, such as genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, as well as different animal models including C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish and mice to provide a multi-level and multi-model approach to tackle biological problems associated with brain function in health and disease. Also, Ph.D. students will have opportunities for close interactions with clinical research, e.g., by investigating biochemical alterations in blood samples to describe new biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases.

  • - To cultivate profound scientific knowledge in topics related to neurobiology

  • - To stimulate a critical view of the results of current scientific research

  • - To provide practical tools to develop scientific research

  • - To improve the writing and reading skills in scientific topics

  • - To interpret correctly the results obtained during the Thesis work
Before the formal curriculum starts, the Program will host a meeting between students and the principal investigators from the University, called “Get-together.” During these hours, the students will have the opportunity to meet their future professors and potential advisors, getting to know their research lines after a brief presentation.

The following two weeks will be dedicated to a “Boot Camp” organized in basic lectures given by the CIB and CGB faculty. This period aims to provide an intensive workshop for doctoral students to establish a common basis of knowledge in molecular and cellular biology before the core courses of the Ph.D. in Neurobiology begin.


Program Structure

The sequential structure of the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology is as follows:
structure


Year 1
1ft semester:
  • Concepts in Neurobiology I
  • Seminar in Advanced Topics in Biological Sciences I
  • Biostatistics. With the Doctoral program in Genomics and Bioinformatics.
  • Research Seminar I
  • Participation in CIB and CGB seminars (once a month)


2nd semester:
  • Concepts in Neurobiology II
  • Seminar in Advanced Topics in Biological Sciences II
  • Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology and Genomics: two weeks. With the Doctoral program in Genomics and Bioinformatics.
  • Research Seminar II
  • Participation in CIB and CGB seminars (once a month) At the end of the first year, the student must select his/her Thesis advisor.
Year 2
3td semester:
  • Thesis Proposal Dissertation (FONDECYT format) and Oral Defense to the Thesis Committee.
  • Qualifying Examination.
  • Participation in CIB and CGB seminars (once a month)
  • Thesis starts.


4th semester:
  • Thesis.
  • Basics of Scientific Writing
  • Written Report to the Thesis Commission.
  • Workshop I in Management and Soft Skills. The Doctoral Program in Neurobiology contemplates two instances in which the Doctoral candidate can learn about management and “soft skills.” The general goal is to provide a comprehensive formation for students, providing skills that can strengthen their professional and personal quality of life. Importantly, these skills can have an enormous impact on their scientific performance. They include the following topics:
    (1) Basics in Management and Technologic transfer,
    (2) Presentation skills: Experiential course focused on improving presentation within an academic context both for internal seminars and external conferences.
    (3) Conflict resolution: To learn practical skills to prevent, manage and resolve workplace conflict informally.
    (4) Handling difficult conversations: Basically, it looks at the power of communication to support or undermine, and how to be able to keep our focus on ‘getting the job done.'
    (5) Managing Research Relationships: To establish and maintain effective working relationships - a cornerstone of success in academic environments.
    (6) Time management: A course that is focused on the three critical skills of time management – planning, prioritizing and delegating.
Year 3
5th semester:
  • Thesis.
  • Participation in CIB and CGB seminars (once a month)


6th semester:
  • Thesis.
  • Doctoral Thesis Progress Report (written document and oral defense to the Doctoral Committee).
  • Workshop II in Management and Soft Skills.
  • Participation in CIB and CGB seminars (once a month).
Year 4
7th semester:
  • Thesis.
  • Participation in CIB and CGB seminars (once a month).
8th semester:
  • Thesis.
  • Participation in CIB and CGB seminars (once a month).
  • Thesis Defense



INVESTIGATORS


Investigators

  • Dr. Felipe Court, CIB.
  • Dr. Patricio Manque, CIB.
  • Dr. Ute Woehlbier, CIB.
  • Dr. Ignacio Cancino, CIB.
  • Dr. Rene Vidal, CIB.
  • Dr. Melissa Calegaro, CIB.
  • Dr. Leonardo Valdivia, CIB.
  • Dr. Andrea Calixto, CGB.
  • Dr. Florencia Tevi, CGB.

External Guests

  • Dr. Brian Kennedy, Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California.
  • Dr. Felipe Barros, CECS (Physician, studies of neuronal metabolism).

Program Director

  • Dr. Melissa Calegaro Nassif (Nassif M.)

Doctoral Committee

  • Dr. Felipe Court, CIB.
  • Dr. Rene Vidal, CIB.
  • Dr. Melissa Calegaro, CIB.

Research areas:

  • Development of the Nervous System.
  • Physiology of the Central and Peripheral Nervous System.
  • Clinical aspects of Neurodegenerative Diseases.
  • Physiology of the nervous system in complementary animal models (Drosophila, zebrafish, and mouse).
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Diseases.
  • Development of gene and pharmacological therapies for the treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases.


  • Translational Neurobiology: Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Nervous System.
  • A massive analysis of biological data (genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics).
  • Molecular aspects of aging.
  • Neuronal metabolism.
  • Electrophysiology: Neural networks and study of ion channels in neurobiology.

APPLICATIONS


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The Doctoral Program in Neurobiology is oriented to graduate holding a bachelor or master degrees in Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Medicine or an equivalent formation.

Admission Process

The selection process includes:

a) Evaluation of academic documents (50% of final grade)
b) Scientific article discussion with the principal investigators from the CIB (25% of final grade)
c) Interview with principal investigators from the CIB (25% of final grade)

The academic documents that must be sent to the e-mail address doctorado.neuro@umayor.cl until January 31st are:

- Certificate of Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Medicine or an equivalent or higher professional degree in the area of biological or medical sciences.
- CV (according to the application form) - Certificate of grades from undergraduate and ranking.
- Universidad Mayor application form
- 02 recommendation letters in the format of Universidad Mayor, sent directly to the doctorado.neuro@umayor.cl e-mail address.


Benefits

The selected candidates will receive a scholarship that covers the program fee and a Contract with the university for four years. After approval of the thesis project, doctoral candidates can apply for travel grants designated for training in other Chilean or foreign research laboratories.

Vacancies: 05
Resolution: January 31, 2018.
Start of activities: March 2018.

Contact

  • Office Address:

    Camino La Pirámide 5750 - Huechuraba

  • E-mail Address:

    doctorado.neuro@umayor.cl

    Academic Assistant
    Maria Soledad Benavides

  • Program Director:

    melissa.calegaro@umayor.cl
    Melissa Calegaro Nassif, Ph.D.