The Graduate Studies Program in Microbiology and Immunology began in 1971 and was certified by the Federal Council in Education in 1972. Most of our researchers belong to the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology of Escola Paulista de Medicina from Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and we also have collaborators from other institutions.
Our Program is qualified to provide both Master (in Microbiology and Immunology) and PhD (in Science) degrees.
Over the last 45 years, we have graduated more than 828 students and have received, throughout this period, maximal degrees of evaluation, carried out by CAPES, the federal agency that coordinates Graduate Programs in Brazil. Our students became group leaders in different institutions worldwide. Our researchers have a sophisticated network of collaborators in different countries that have contributed, through exchange programs, to the refinement of the training and skills of our Graduate students.
The current head of our Program is Dr. Renato Arruda Mortara and his vice-chair is Dr. Alexandre Basso. An elected Committee formed by Drs. Mortara and Basso, with four additional members among the researchers’ staff (see here), and a student representative, manages all activities of the Program. This Committee (named CEPG: Comissão Especial de Pós-Graduação), is renewed by elections among the supervisors every three years, coinciding with the triennial evaluations by CAPES.
Our researchers have generated publications of high quality that include our Graduate students as well as undergraduates and Post-Docs who join our Program.
The main objectives of the Graduate Studies Program in Microbiology and Immunology, which also include research areas of Parasitology, Cell Biology, and Experimental Oncology, are:
- To stimulate students to develop critical and independent views on their area of research, while keeping up to date knowledge in related areas;
- To involve students in the scientific state of art facilitating access to different laboratories and specialized technologies.
- To stimulate the formation of PhD students, encouraging their transference from the Master’s directly to the PhD degree.
In order to achieve these goals, strict admission and qualification rules are adopted. In order to obtain either MSc or PhD degrees, the student must have at least one original publication in an indexed journal (with Editorial Board, ‘peer-review’ and Pubmed indexation).
The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology of Escola Paulista de Medicina from UNIFESP maintains the required infrastructure to allow students to keep updated in their area or research, access the literature through the Capes Portal, necessary to ensure their best possible education/qualification and critical sense.
If you are interested in pursuing Graduate studies in our Program, please select one of our supervisors (by clicking here, then select the English version of that supervisor’s information, and ask him/her as to how to proceed with the formal application, entry examination, fellowships, etc.).