Tuesday, 25 April 2023 13:29


The National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) is organising the 9th Introduction to Research Course for students enrolled in the final years of a university science or engineering degree or starting a master degree in 2023-2024. This program aims to connect students with CNB scientists and provide an overview of the centre's research facilities.

The four-week course, requiring a dedication time of 25 hours per week, will take place from June 5th to June 30th, 2023. Up to 12 students will be admitted, with registration fees waived for all participants.

During the program, students will participate in 88 hours of practical scientific internships within four research groups of their choice (one week in each), attend 12 hours of seminars on current topics in life sciences, and interact with CNB researchers. Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit our website for information on our projects and research interests. A list of groups offering activities is given below.

The completion of the Course subject to this call does not imply any type of contractual relationship between the beneficiary and the CNB. After a satisfactory completion of the Course, the CNB will issue a certificate of participation.

To apply, submit a letter of motivation, academic transcript, and the completed application form by May 15th, 2023, via email to .


Hosting Groups

Macromolecular Structures Dpt

José María Valpuesta: Structure and function of molecular chaperones

Fernando Moreno: Molecular Biophysics of DNA repair Nanomachines

Carmen San Martín: Structural and physical determinants of viral assembly

Esther Ortega: Protein factors involved in replicative stress in eukaryotes

José María Carazo: Three-dimensional electron microscopy: image processing challenges


Molecular and Cellular Biology Dpt

Lluís Montoliu: Animal models by genetic manipulation

Marta Nieto: Cerebral cortical development

Marta Lopez de Diego: Effect of viral and host factors on innate immunity, respiratory virus replication and pathogenesis

Carmen E. Gómez: Poxvirus and vaccines

Pablo Gastaminza: Hepatitis C viral infection

Esteban Veiga: Bacteria-based immunotherapies against cancer


Microbial Biotechnology Dpt

Daniel López: Molecular infection biology

Álvaro San Millán: Plasmid Biology and Evolution

Luis Ángel Fernández: Bacterial engineering for biomedical applications


Plant Molecular Genetics Dpt

Eduardo González-Grandío: Plant bio-factories as a sustainable source of high-value compounds
Jorge Vicente: Proteostasis in the plant immune system 


Immunology and Oncology Dpt

Isabel Mérida: Role of diacylglycerol kinases in the control of immune response and cancer progression


Systems Biology Dpt

Víctor de Lorenzo: Molecular Environmental Microbiology
Saúl Ares: Theory of Clocks and Rulers in Life

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