Doctorate in Immunology and Microbiology

The Ph.D. program in Immunology and Microbiology is based on the need to generate new knowledge that contributes to advance in the search for answers to understand the complex problems of the biology of virus infection.

This program is offered in partnership between Universidad San Sebastián and Fundación Ciencia y Vida.






PhD/Doctor in Immunology and Microbiology

Application Period

Coming soon


8 semesters

Start Date

March 2024



Dr. Mario Rosemblatt S.
Program Director
Dra. Marcela Bravo Z.
Academic Secretary


The Ph.D. program in Immunology and Microbiology is based on the need to generate new knowledge that contributes to advance in the search for answers to understand the complex problems of the biology of virus infection with emphasis on their entry into cells; the factors that lead to pathogenesis induced by human viruses and the development of therapeutic and preventive antiviral strategies; the interrelationships between neuroimmunology and neurophysiology, including the role of the microbiota in the intestine-brain axis, in the regulation of immune function; and the process of immune regulation focusing on the processes that allow homeostasis or loss of regulation leading to autoimmune pathologies or tumor development, in other areas of relevance and impact for today and the future.

The Program places special emphasis on interdisciplinarity and application to human health problems and offers the possibility of interacting and carrying out their theses in the research laboratories of the Fundación Ciencia y Vida or one of the biotechnology companies located on our Campus.

During their time in the Program, students will acquire skills that will enable them to think critically, identify important questions both in the most basic aspects of the disciplines and in their medical and environmental applications, read scientific literature critically, communicate and present their own findings and ideas effectively, and enter academia, as well as the private and public sectors.


The PhD Program in Immunology and Microbiology aims to train independent researchers of the highest level with a deep knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of immunology and microbiology and other related areas, and who have the ability to conduct cutting-edge and innovative research, providing the generation of new knowledge.

Lines of Research

The Doctoral Program in Immunology and Microbiology is framed within the following lines of research:
  1.  Immunity, Tolerance and Inflammation.
  2. Microbiology and Molecular Virology.
The research lines are subdivided into different research topics:
  • Neuroimmunology and Neurodegeneration
  • Antitumor Immunity
  • Autoimmunity and Aging
  • Infection and Viral Pathology
  • Epigenetics and Cell Regulation
  • Microbial Ecophysiology and Genomics
  • Protein Trafficking and Signaling in Cancer

Profile of Graduates

The graduate of the PhD in Immunology and Microbiology at Universidad San Sabastian, is a researcher who:

  • Generates new knowledge through experimental research, with a solid background in basic biological technologies and their implications in Immunology and Microbiology.
  • Develops creative and interdisciplinary research projects, leading research teams, with the highest levels of excellence, rigor and ethics, applying and integrating state-of-the-art methodologies to Immunology and Microbiology.
  • Formulates relevant scientific questions for the advancement of knowledge in any of the research lines of immunology or microbiology.
  • Performs innovative teaching in higher education according to the student-centered teaching-learning process.
  • Communicates knowledge and research results through publications in specialized journals.
  • Links scientific knowledge with the concerns and needs of society and transmits it in an understandable way to the general public and other specific groups.



Visiting Professors

María Rosa Bono
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Paris, Francia.
Sergio Quezada
Ph.D. in Inmunology, Dartmouth Medical School, USA.
Pablo Vargas
Doctor en Ciencias, Universidad de Chile.

Admission proces


Applicants must send their academic background through the digital platform of the Doctoral Program in Immunology and Microbiology of Universidad San Sabastian.

The documentation must certify the following requirements:

  • Academic degree of Bachelor and/or Master in Biology, Medicine, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnology or professional degree in the area of health with accreditable expertise in Biological Sciences. In case of having academic degrees of foreign origin, these must be equivalent to those mentioned, according to the International Classification of Education (ISCED-UNESCO), in force at the date of application.
  • Certification of grades of undergraduate and other studies, including those of advanced and postgraduate studies. The evaluation scales used and the minimum passing grade must be clearly specified.
  • Certificate of placement ranking of the graduates of the same graduation cohort in their undergraduate and graduate studies. If the university does not issue this certificate, a letter from the institution will be required.
  • Curriculum vitae that accredits previous studies, presentations at congresses, research publications, among other activities.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic professionals, sent confidentially via e-mail to the Doctoral Program address.
  • Statement of purpose that includes the formulation of a relevant topic of interest for study and research during the program, as well as the committed dedication. The applicant must specify his/her interests and research objectives in the short and long term, through a letter, whose length should not exceed 800 words.
  • Photocopy of identity card on both sides or passport, valid at the time of application.

The process for the selection of applicants consists of the evaluation of the applicant’s background, a personal interview and a knowledge test. In the case of applicants who reside outside the country or cannot travel to Santiago, the interview, examination and presentation will be conducted by videoconference.

Annual cost

Referential values 2023

  • Tuition: $351,600
  • Fee: $3.500.000


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