This specialization aims to train research and development experts in the largely integrative disciplines of cellular biology, developmental biology and stem cell biology, who will be capable of grasping the major issues in contemporary biology. The specialization is strongly related to biochemistry, genetics and immunology and uses their respective technologies.
Student acquire an overall vision of the fundamental mechanisms of living things and a solid base, both theoretical and practical, in cellular biology (structural and functional organization of cells, intercellular traffic, regulation and deregulation of the cellular cycle, communication and signaling mechanisms, cellular imaging techniques), in developmental biology(molecular and cellular mechanisms of embryonic development, development -ageing-carcinogenesis, environmental effects on development), and in stem cell biology (embryonic and adult stem cells, niche concepts, cancerous stem cells and regenerative medicine, ethical and legal issues).
The specialization also offers a specific training course in relation to biotechnology companies (Research and Development in Biotechnology) including several teaching programs necessary for employment in a company (knowledge of company professions, "people" training and technological training).
Upon completion of the different courses offered, students can expect to work in basic or applied research in different fields of biology, either by undertaking a PhD or by finding employment in the various research and development professions in the academic (universities, CNRS, INSERM, CEA, INRA,...) or corporate sectors, particularly in the field of biotechnology.
Four main courses are offered:
Two international courses exist in addition to the main courses. They include a minimum of six months study abroad in one of the European partner universities.
This specialization is aimed at bachelor´s graduates who would like to further their knowledge in these disciplines. Given the extra training acquired in M1 and the course capacity, the specialization offers about 60 places a year in M2. This specialization also concerns medical and pharmacy students, students from the Ecoles Normales Supérieures, engineering schools and veterinary schools. Depending on their educational history, they may be able to enroll directly in M2.
The specialization is open to graduates of the UPMC Bachelor of Science and Technology, majoring in Life Sciences. Acceptance into the second year of the master´s (M2) depends on results and choice of papers in M1. The specialization is also open to medical and pharmacy students (who must follow a specific M1 program), to students with bachelor´s degrees from other universities and to students from the grandes écoles, with experience in the specialization´s fields.
No work experience is required.
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