General Information on Doctoral Study in Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics and Medical Biophysics


The aim of postgraduate higher education on the Full-time Doctoral Study in Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics and Medical Biophysics is to prepare highly qualified academic staff equipped with advanced knowledge and specialized skills in molecular genetics, cytogenetics and medical biophysics.


Learning outcomes in terms of acquired knowledge – student:

-          describes the specialized issues of molecular genetics, cytogenetics and medical biophysics

-          discusses current scientific problems from the biological sciences area and their relationship with medical science and exact science

-          explains the technical, social or financial obstacles in achieving the key objectives of the chosen discipline

-          uses specialized terminology in their native language as well as in a modern foreign language

-          explains the different funding opportunities for research continuation

-          characterizes chosen theories in Philosophy or Economics


Learning outcomes in terms of practical skills training – student:

-          selects the appropriate research methods for the design and implementation of scientific research carried out in preparation for a doctoral thesis

-          systematically reviews, synthesizes and critically evaluates the background research available in international journal relating to the specific research hypothesis under investigation

-          gathers, interprets using research statistical methods and collates the appropriate findings for publication purposes

-          presents clearly and succinctly the main findings of research during scientific meetings, national and international conferences in their native language and a modern foreign language

-          collates and presents a doctoral thesis

-          prepares applications for research

-          develops and teaches classes on the basic academic level


Learning outcomes in terms of social or soft skills training – student:

-          shares lessons learned in research and teaching

-          critically evaluates the results of their research and the research of other authors

-          identifies and resolves ethical dilemmas in research

-          respects the intellectual property of authors whose works he quotes

-          participates in group work as a manager or contractor

-          justifies the need to improve the quality of own and their co-workers’ academic work for the good of science and the society

-          applies the principles of individual and collective security


Full-time Doctoral Study in Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics and Medical Biophysics have a very rich tradition . They were created in 1969 as a Biology Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, University of Lodz. In 1983, their activities have been suspended, and then in 1988 they were reactivated as a 4-year PhD studies in the field of Biological Sciences with specialization: cytogenetics, molecular genetics and radiobiology (based on the decision of the Ministry of edycation, the letter DKS III-6201/UŁ/1/88 and Ordinance No. 79 of the Rector of the University of Łódź 09.09.1988 ). Operate under its current name since 2009.


Doctoral dissertations are carried out in the seven units of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection :


- Department of Molecular Genetics,

- Department of General Genetics,  Molecular Biology and Biotechnology,

- Department of Molecular Biophysics,

- Department of General Biophysics,

- Department Termobiologii,

- Department of Biophysics of Environmental Pollution,

- Department of Genetics of Microorganisms.


The aim of the research is for example, to develop new strategies to fight cancer; determine the molecular determinants of effective anticancer therapy; assessment of the importance of DNA repair processes for prediction and treatment of cancer, as well as the characterization of the mechanisms of action of new analogues of anticancer drugs (drug conjugates with proteins or dendrimers); HIV infection; fungal infections; tuberculosis and other diseases of civilization.

The study used the latest achievements in the field of nanotechnology (eg, dendrimers , fullerenes, protein conjugates). Researches conducted under the study also apply to genetic engineering of plants, and in particular the use of plants for the production of recombinant proteins.

These innovative researches will contribute to the development of the Lodz region, providing studies of new technologies and use in medical diagnostics, agriculture and market gardening.