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Medical Sciences

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The Medicine Section offers doctoral programmes in various domains of the biomedical research. Students are affiliated to one of the research groups of our Section and in addition may attend an organised programme of lectures, seminars and other activities. See for example: BeNeFRi Programme Neuroscience.

All details concerning the present research activities of each group, the available PhD positions and the contact addresses can be found in the websites of each group (see Contact).

Department of Neurosciences and Movement Science (NMS)

  • Dr L. Spierer
    Laboratory for cognitive and neurological sciences
  • Prof. J.-P. Bresciani
    Perception and control of movement
  • Prof. M. Schmid
    Optovision - perceptual brain circuits and plasticity
  • Prof. G. Rainer
    Visual cognition laboratory
  • Prof. W. Taube
    Motor control and motor learning
  • Prof. M. Prsa
    Sensorimotor Neuroscience
  • Prof. A. von Philipsborn
    Neuronal circuits and behavior
  • Prof. S. Durrleman
    ABCCD - Autism, Bilingualism, Cognitive and Communicative Development
  • Prof. P. Boya
    Autophagy in neurons

Department of Endocrinology, Metabolic science and Cardiovascular System (EMC)

  • Profs. S. Cook and M. Togni, Dr M.-N. Giraud
    Translational and clinical cardiology
  • Prof. D. Hoogewijs
    Molecular oxygen sensing and physiology
  • Prof. A. Lauber-Biason
    Molecular endocrinology
  • Prof. Z. Yang
    Cardiovascular and aging research
  • Dr Y Ravussin
    L.E.A.N.: Laboratory of Energetics and Advanced Nutrition

Department of Oncology, Microbiology and Immunology (OMI)

  • Prof. L. Filgueira
    Cell biology, immunology and clinical anatomy
  • Prof. P. Nordmann
    Molecular and medical microbiology: emerging antibiotic resistance unit
  • Prof. C. Rüegg
    Experimental and translational oncology
  • Prof. C. Szabo
    Hydrogen sulfide signaling in health and disease
  • Prof. J. Stein
    Cell biology of the adaptative immune system
  • Prof. M. Walch
    Immunology and infectious diseases

Department of Medical-Surgical Specialties (MSS)

  • Profs. B. Egger and L. Bühler, Dr C. Gonelle-Gispert
    Surgical Research unit
  • Prof. M. Tannast
    Orthopedics surgery and traumatology
  • Prof. A. Curioni
    Overcoming resistance to immunotherapy & Developing new therapies for mesothelioma patients

Department of Medicine and Public Health (MPH)

  • Prof. A. Chiolero, Dr S. Cullati, Dr C. Carmeli
    Population Health
  • Prof. G. Hasler
    Psychiatry Research
  • Prof. D. Inta
    Biological psychiatry

Studies organisation

Structure of studies

ECTS credits can be earned.

Doctoral school



In order to be admitted to a doctorate the candidate must have been awarded an academic bachelor's and master's degree or an equivalent qualification from a university recognised by the University of Fribourg.

Before applying for a doctorate the candidate must contact a professor who would be willing to supervise the thesis work.

There is no general right to be admitted to a doctorate.

The respective conditions of admission for each doctoral study programme are reserved.