Host Institutions


The UPorto is the institution entitled to deliver the doctoral degree. UPorto is the major University in Portugal, currently harboring more than 30 000 students, 6 500 of which are postgraduates. With 69 research units, UPorto is responsible for over 20% of the Portuguese articles indexed each year in the ISI Web of Science. Within the UPorto, its Science and Technology Park (UPTEC) is a strong interface with industry, hosting over 100 companies. 


The Abel Salazar Institute for the Biomedical Sciences of the University of Porto (ICBAS/UP) was founded to be the first Medical School of Portugal that reunited a strong research-driven faculty core in Basic Sciences, remaining the only Portuguese Medical School that, in addition to the medical degree, taught at ICBAS/UP in partnership with Santo Antonio Hospital. Two Associate Laboratories of Porto (IBMC and CIMAR) are spinoffs of ICBAS/UP as their first and current directors and most of their senior scientists are members of ICBAS/UP faculty.


The Faculty of Pharmacy is a teaching and a research institution with a staff of 69 PhD graduates. It is responsible for five Master courses, a PhD programme and collaborates with other institutions in other postgraduate courses. The majority of the Faculty staff, although performing their research in the faculty, is integrated in Associated Laboratories, like IBMC, IPATIMUP and REQUIMTE. 


The I3S consortium, headed by the UPorto, brings together four institutions and researchers from several schools of the UPorto. This combination creates an environment favourable for real breakthrough research and translation of discoveries into the clinic. In the new building the I3S will provide a vibrant environment for new scientific discoveries and translation into improvements in health care. The I3S focuses on three Integrative Programs: Cancer, Host Response and Interaction, and Neurobiology and Neurologic Disease. 


REQUIMTE is the Portuguese Associate Laboratory for Green Chemistry and the larger Network for Chemistry and Technology in Portugal. The scientific expertise, which is put together by the two research centers that form the network (Centro de Química Fina e Biotecnologia-UL and Centro de Química-UP), include: chemistry; (micro)biology; biochemistry and molecular biology; molecular modeling; (bio)catalysis and bioengineering.


Centro Hospitalar do Porto (CHP) is a Hospital Centre with a strong drive for excellence in the quality of healthcare provided. In its service to the community, CHP is deeply involved in teaching and training at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and strongly encourages research activities aiming to contribute to the development of health science and technology.



Major laboratory facilities available include: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance; Electron Paramagnetic Resonance; Bioelectrochemistry; Chromatography; Spectrophotometry; Mass Spectrometry; Atomic Absorption; Fluorescence Microscopy; DNA/RNA analysis; Green Organic Chemistry; Microbial and Human Cell Cultures; Advanced Light Microscopy Unit; Histology and Electron Microscopy Service; Animal Facilities; Genotyping Unit; Advanced Flow Citometry Unit; Protein Analysis, Production and Purification Unit; Radioactivity Lab; Services Unit for Interfaces and Macromolecules; Bioimaging Centre for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine; Proteomics Unit; Sequencing Service.

Other institutions will be strongly collaborating with BiotechHealth, hosting students to conduct part of their work. See Associated Institutions.


Associated Institutions

The programme counts with the collaboration of highly reputed national and international institutions, where students may do part of their research work:

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