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This PhD Program focuses on interdisciplinary training, research in basic areas of modern cancer biology and immunology, and possible exciting connections with clinical problems. The research carried out by the participating laboratories covers a wide range of areas in cancer cell biology and immunology, such as: stem cells and cancer stem cells, cancer and development, epithelial-stromal interactions, angiogenesis, cancer epigenetics, chromatin structure and function, cell cycle control mechanisms and DNA repair, cancer immunology, innate and adaptive immunology, transplantation immunology, infectious diseases, vaccine design, cellular and molecular immunology, vaccine development, aging, HIV infection and parasitology (malaria and Leishmania).
Strongly motivated students worldwide are selected twice a year through a two-step competitive selection procedure. The expected time to degree is four years. The program designed for PhD students includes advanced workcourses, lectures, workshops and summer courses (In English), devoted to Cancer and Immunology, plus the possibility of practical training.

The working language is English.


and of the UNIL Doctoral School.

  1. Laboratories participating in the PhD Progam in Cancer and Immunology
  2. Possible available positions and projects:
    2.1: Students are encouraged to consult the list of participating laboratories and apply
    throughout the year by contacting  directly P.I's of interest [TRACK 1 Procedure] - Link
    2.2: Students are also encouraged to send a formal application by the indicated deadlines,
           following the [TRACK 2 Procedure] - Link
    2.3: For representative available projects, please click here
  3. Possibility of doing a summer studentship in laboratories (please contact us)

 PhD Program Committee members:

  • Prof. Gian-Paolo Dotto, Director
  • Prof. Pedro Romero
  • Prof. Monika Hegi
  • Prof. Werner Held
  • Prof. Fabio Martinon
  • Prof. Tatiana Petrova
  • Prof. Daniel Speiser
  • Prof. Fabienne Tacchini-Cottier
  • Prof. Thierry Roger
  • Prof. Vladimir Katanaev
  • Prof. Greta Guarda

PhD Program Students Representatives:

  • Bojan Bujisic, group Prof. Fabio Martinon                    Bojan.Bujisic@unil.ch
  • Natalie Neubert, group Prof. Daniel Speiser                 Natalie.Neubert@unil.ch
  • Gwennaëlle Monnot, group Prof. Pedro Romero           Gwennaelle.Monnot@unil.ch
  • Michele Vigolo, group Prof. Pascal Schneider               Michele.Vigolo@unil.ch

PhD Program Administration:

  • Mrs. Françoise Flejszman

Mailing /Adress for sending the applications / contact address:

Email: Francoise.Flejszman@unil.ch
PhD Program in Cancer and Immunology
Administration Office
Department of Biochemistry (DB-UNIL)
Chemin des Boveresses 155
CH-1066 Epalinges

Ch. des Boveresses 155 - CH-1066 Epalinges  - Switzerland  -  Tel. +41 21 692 57 00  -  Fax +41 21 692 57 05
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