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“laCaixa” Doctoral INPhINIT Fellowships

Promoted by the ”la Caixa” Foundation, this doctoral fellowship programme offers 35 fellowships for early-stage researchers of any nationality to pursue their PhD studies in the best Spanish and Portuguese research centres and units with excellence distinction. This frame is addressed exclusively to PhD research projects on STEM disciplines: life sciences and health, experimental sciences, physics, chemistry and mathematics.


In addition to financial support —the programme offers a 3-year employment contract at the research centre; the fellowship includes a training programme in transversal  skills such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.


The selection process is ensured by the ”la Caixa” Foundation, and candidates should apply before January 25, 2023.

The final results will be published on the ”la Caixa” Foundation website on June 8, 2023.


UCIBIO is one of the host institutions and offers eight PhD positions in the following research projects:


1. Bioneedles for tailored pain-free drug delivery 

Supervisor: Ana Cecília Roque, Biomolecular Engineering Lab / Co-supervisor: Maria Reis, Biochemical Engineering Lab

More info here


2. Carbon monoxide modulation of Brain Homeostasis: targeting Peroxisome Metabolism

Supervisor: Helena L. A. VieiraMolecular Mechanisms of Disease Lab / Co-supervisor: Helena Coelho(Bio)molecular Structure and Interactions by NMR Lab

More info here


3. Structural and functional studies on G-quadruplex/nucleolin complex and its role in lung cancer

Supervisor: Eurico Cabrita(Bio)molecular Structure and Interactions by NMR Lab / Co-supervisor: Maria Joao RomãoMacromolecular Crystallography Lab 

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4. Tackling drivers of malignant transformation of polyps to colorectal cancer via Molecular Profilling and Nanotheranostics

Supervisor: Alexandra R FernandesHuman Genetics and Cancer Therapeutics Lab / Co-supervisor: Pedro Viana BaptistaNanomedicine Lab

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5. Targeting a ‘toolbox’ of human microbiome O-Glycan-Selective enzymes towards new approaches in cancer research

Supervisor:Angelina S. PalmaGlycoLab- Functional Glycobiology Lab / Co-supervisor: Ana Luísa CarvalhoMacromolecular Crystallography Lab 

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6. The Impact of human Aldehyde Oxidase on Drug Metabolism – Structural and Functional studies 

Supervisor: Maria Joao RomãoMacromolecular Crystallography Lab / Co-supervisor: Eurico Cabrita(Bio)molecular Structure and Interactions by NMR Lab 

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7. Tools for NanoImmuno Theragnostics of Cancer

Supervisor: Ricardo FrancoBionano Lab / Co-supervisor: Paula VideiraGlycoimmunology Lab

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8. Tracking the (intra)cellular fate and organelle trafficking of gold nanoparticles in Cancer models 

Supervisor: Pedro Viana BaptistaNanomedicine Lab / Co-supervisor: Alexandra R FernandesHuman Genetics and Cancer Therapeutics La

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More Information and Application

”laCaixa” Doctoral INPhINIT Fellowship programme 

Programme rules - Doctorate INPhINIT Incoming (PDF)