Life Sciences
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about the program

The Skoltech PhD in Life Sciences is the multidisciplinary program that covers areas of cell and molecular biology, genetics and agrobiotechnology, bioinformatics and genomics, as well as neurobiology. The main goal is to educate on the fundamental principles of biology, mastering relevant experimental and computational techniques and to promote curiosity and critical inquiry to carry forward a productive research and innovation.


future career

positions in the private and public sectors within biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, food and agriculture, etc.
continuing research at leading Russian and international universities and research entities
starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, partners, mentors, and investors

about Skoltech

Skoltech is an international graduate research-focused university that was founded by the group of world-renowned scientists in 2011. Skoltech's curriculum focuses on technology and innovation, offering PhD programs in 7 technological disciplines. Students receive rigorous theoretical and practical training, design their own research projects, participate in internships and gain entrepreneurial skills in English. The faculty is comprised of current researchers with international accreditation and achievements.
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A PhD student meets coursework requirements, performs research work, and prepares a thesis for the defense in accordance with the Individual Study Plan during the doctoral education at Skoltech.

Research areas:

1.5.3 Molecular Biology

1.5.7 Genetics

1.5.8: Mathematical Biology, Bioinformatics

1.5.24 Neurobiology

PhD Thesis

PhD students are expected to produce an original PhD thesis, publish the results of their independent research in peer-reviewed academic journals, and present them at reputable international conferences.


The PhD student takes courses at the doctoral level at Skoltech to meet the coursework requirements. A plan for coursework should be developed in consultation with the supervisor following a PhD program curriculum (year of admission 2024).


The research is the key part of the doctoral studies. It is expected that the PhD student starts his/her thesis research at Skoltech immediately after the start of the program and devotes to it most of his/her time within the doctoral study.

The results of the thesis research are a high quality thesis, publications of research papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, presentations at reputable international conferences, and applications for grants and patents.

Publications and Conferences

2 papers in WoS indexed journals; 

Impact Factor (IF) > 2; 

at least one first/shared first/corresponding author publication. No review papers.

2 presentations at reputable conferences.

The application period for Skoltech PhD programs is now open. The first wave deadline is July 5. Collect application documents and upload them to the SIA application acceptance system.

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