The program is aimed at training researchers capable of performng and leading research recognized as an input for science progress by national and international academic communities. The doctoral education will be based primarily on developing a research project, making presentations during seminars and preparing a Dissertation that constitutes an original contribution to scientific knowledge.
The Doctoral program is developed under various agreements with foreign renowned universities; thus, the syllabus is prepared individually, in accordance with the particular research needs of the student. The final quality assessment of the dissertation is the most important element in this program; however, the credit system is used to acknowledge the student's progress. The joint Doctoral program lasts a minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years. During this period, the student will pursue studies in a foreign university at least over six months and choose the courses or seminars assigned under the supervision of the dissertation director.
Areas of Research or Concentration
Evolutionary Biology of Vertebrates.
Director: Carlos Daniel Cadena.
Topics: Phylogenetics systematics, phylogeography, speciation, biogeography, historic and genetic ecology of the preservation of birds and other vertebrates of Colombia and other neotropical countries.
Marine Molecular Biology.
Director: Juan Armando Sánchez.
Topics: Zooxanthellae, coral reefs, coralline whitening, connectivity, phylogeography.
Biochemistry of Inborn Errors.
Director: Jesús Alfredo Uribe.
Topics: Metabolic disorders, diagnostic approach, inherited diseases, magnetic resonance, white and grey matter diseases, genetic consultancy, metabolic pathways, enzymatic deficiencies.
Biochemistry of Pyrimidines in Parasites.
Director: Bárbara H. Zimmermann
Topics: Pyrimidines Synthesis, nucleotide metabolism, expression and purification of recombining proteins, Toxoplasma gondii , characterization of stumps and virulence factors of T. gondii .
Director: Santiago Madriñán
Topics: Phylogenetics, biodiversity, biogeography, tropical biology, floristics.
Molecular Diagnosis and Bioinformatics.
Director: Carlos Jaramilllo. Co-director: María del Pilar Delgado.
Topics: Immunodiagnosis, molecular diagnosis, bioinformatics, basic and applied molecular biology, diagnosis of infectious diseases.
Rain forest Ecology and Primatology.
Director: Pablo Stevenson
Topics: Preservation, animal behavior, basic ecology, fauna inventories, botany, environmental education, forest regeneration.
Ecophysiology of behavior and Herpetology.
Director: Adolfo Amézquita
Topics: Ecophysiology of amphibious and reptiles, communication, bioacoustics, geographical variation, sexual choice, evolution of life stories, cannibalism, phenotypic plasticity.
Director: Sylvie Cournier
Topics:Plant Physiology, plant ecophysiology, high plateau, high andean forest, water relations, transpiration, osmotic adjustments, adaptation to cool temperatures.
Micology and Phytopathology.
Director: Silvia Restrepo y Adriana Bernal
Topics: Interactions between plants – microorganisms, interactions between fungus – humans, diagnosis of phytopathogens, environmental micology.
Director: Helena Groot
Topics: Molecular epidemiology of cancer, toxicologic genetics, cellular growing, sensitivity to diseases.
Director: Mauricio Linares
Topics: Population Genetics, molecular genetics, profound genetic divergences, evolution, especiation, Drosophila, Heliconius , molecular systematics, biostatistics, phylogeography, cytogenetics.
Director: María Consuelo Vanegas
Topics: Ecology and Food Microbiology, water, use of molecular techniques to detect pathogens. Food transmissible diseases (FTDs), quality in the food industry and its impact over Public Health.
Environmental and Molecular Microbiology.
Director: Jenny Dussán
Topics: Microbial diversity, molecular microbiology , biologic control, bioprospection.
Director: Felipe Guhl
Topics: Tropical parasitology, molecular characterization, epidemiology, molecular biology, geographic information systems, entomology, population genetics, control of vector transmissible diseases (VTD), prevention and surveillance.
Water Zoology and Ecology.
Directors: Emilio Realpe
Topics: Invertebrates, bentonic macroinvertebrates, microcrustaceans, water entomology, taxonomy, diversity, distribution, limnology, biology of development.
Transcurso Del Programa
En caso de una duración mayor:
The alumni from this program are trained to conduct fundamental or applied research in the various research areas offered by the Department. Colombia is home to one of the largest biodiversity and, at the same time, it holds one of the lowest ratios of professional researchers vis-a-vis its population. Graduate programs form innovative researchers, capable of contributing to scientific progress, biodiversity preservation, sustainable harnessing of natural products and improvement of production in microorganisms, plants and animals concerned with agriculture, industry and medicine. The alumni occupational profile matches three relevant areas: academy (universities, basic research institutions and museums), public sector (agriculture, environment and health) and industry (research and development of biotechnologies, consultancy). At the end of the process, the student is expected to gain a comprehensive insight into the issues relevant to his research area: facts, principles, theories and techniques, and to demonstrate in-depth knowledge about experimental design, statistics and science philosophy necessary to plan, lead and develop original research projects.