PhD studies on Advanced methods in biotechnology and biodiversity

Starting from the academic year 2009/2010, Faculty of Biology and Environment Protection, University of Silesia has launched a new programme of PhD studies on Advanced Methods in Biotechnology and Biodiversity. From 2009 up to 2013 the studies were financially supported by the UPGOW project at the University of Silesia within the EFS funds.

PhD students participate in courses provided by various labs of the Faculty (see the programme of PhD studies), e.g.: Advanced molecular cytogenetics; Chromatin immunostaining methods; Plant morphogenesis in vivo and in vitro; Cyto- and histochemical analysis of embryonic animal tissues; Biomarkers in studies of exposure and effects of xenobiotics in the environment; Biotechnology of microorganisms; Practical bioinformatics; Plant functional genomics; Techniques for biodiversity of soil microorganisms, plants and animals. All courses aim at training the students in application of a wide variety of advanced methods that are used in research led by the faculty labs. Additionally, the students have the opportunity to improve their presentation skills attending the Effective presentation workshop. They can also participate in departmental and faculty seminars, as well as in a selection of lectures provided by guest researchers in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme – LLP/Erasmus. All courses are in English.

All PhD students are also involved in research projects leading to the PhD degree. The supervision is provided by the senior academic staff. The projects are conducted in collaboration with the future supervisor and are in line with the research profile of the department involved.