Fields of study
CEITEC PhD School currently offers two fields of study in the Life Sciences program:
- Focused methodologically and analytically on the fields of bioanalytical instrumentation, cytogenomics, functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, development, and production biology (i.e. the omics approaches).
- Interdisciplinary and methodologically-focused field studying the structure and function of biologically active macromolecules – proteins, nucleic acids, and their functional complexes.
and one field of study in the Biomedical Sciences program:
- Molecular Medicine
- Field methodically focused on the application of basic knowledge of molecular medicine to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various human diseases, using state-of-the-art biomedical technologies.
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Bio-omics is a subfield of Life sciences which studies methods of separation, analysis, and speciation of components of biological systems in terms of their functioning. It also includes the methods of processing and interpreting measured data through bioinformatics.
This field of study is designed to develop research skills and socio‐managerial competences of students, who can choose their own composition of courses. Compared to the traditional study of biology, this study is focused methodically and bioanalytically, mainly in the fields of bioanalytical instrumentation, cytogenomics, functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, development, and production biology (i.e. the omics approaches). The field of study offers basic courses developing scientific expertise (Hard Skill Courses), a range of subjects developing soft skills, and Core Subjects engaging students in scientific life; e.g. attending seminars, involvement in teaching in Bachelor / Master study programs etc.
Last but not least students will learn to present the results of their work. They will improve their skills of professional communication both in written and spoken forms. The bio‐omics graduate will gain experience in independent planning of research activities in a competitive environment, followed by methodologically sound evaluation of acquired data and drawing evidence‐based conclusions. The study is directed towards achieving the maximum possible adaptability for solving various conceptual issues and problems of a theoretical and applied nature.
Graduates may continue with their academic and research career in world-leading institutions or private companies.
Structural biology is a modern interdisciplinary and largely methodologically-focused field offering a possibility to study the structure and function of biologically active macromolecules – proteins, nucleic acids, and their functional complexes. The spatial arrangement of biomolecules, together with information on their behavior and function in a living system, is the basis for defining their roles in both physiological and pathological processes in living organisms. Therefore, structural biology is the research focus of many world‐famous scientific teams whose results have led to revolutionary discoveries.
Thanks to CEITEC’s exceptionally high quality of infrastructure, students of Structural Biology can make use of a wide range of methods with different spatial and temporal resolutions. From the beginning of their studies, students gain experience in the evaluation and interpretation of measurement results in methods like single crystal X‐ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance, cryo‐electron microscopy, and tomography, etc. Students get practical experience in functional assays, often based on in‐vitro studies using a variety of methods of molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics. Moreover, they learn how to use complementary information in experimental studies, which are the result of theoretical methods included in the scientific disciplines of chemo‐ and bioinformatics. Last but not least students will learn to present the results of their work. They will improve their skills of professional communication both in written and spoken forms.
The field of study offers basic courses developing scientific expertise (Hard Skill Courses), a range of subjects developing soft skills, and Core Subjects engaging students in scientific life; e.g. attending seminars, involvement in teaching in Bachelor / Master study programs etc.
Structural Biology graduates get comprehensive experience in research projects in various scientific fields covered by the Life Sciences. Besides training for a future academic career, the student receives education in a modern field of science with a wide range of professional applications in biomedically‐ and biotechnologically‐oriented companies. An innovative approach to teaching, together with a highly qualified and up-to-date curriculum, is the best prerequisite for the seamless integration of graduates into major international research teams.
The newly founded discipline, which has never before been a part of the list of available study programs at Masaryk University, and thus represents a completely new area of focus, naturally supplements the already existing biomedical expertise within the MU, and it will primarily focus on educating doctoral students in the area of state-of-the-art Biomedical Technologies.
The studies are designed to emphasize the expansion of the expertise of future graduates in social-management, technological, and widely-applicable abilities, which will allow them to conduct their successive research activities in an effective and modern manner, and it will provide them with an exceptional overview of the ethical and moral aspects of research, which are of utmost importance in the context of conducting research in the field of Biomedicine and general Research and Development. The graduates will be able to obtain job positions as research professionals capable of succeeding in the international competition.
The studies also prepare researchers and university teachers in the local environment of the Faculty of Medicine MU. Some of the graduates continue their careers in the corporate environment related to their study discipline. Furthermore, the newly designed studies significantly expand the spectrum of future career options for the graduates, and that is in the non-academic environment (e.g. Biotechnological enterprises).