Looking for a PhD in Medicine? Find out more about CEINDO CEU’s Doctorate in Translational Medicine.



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The PhD Program in Translational Medicine at CEU´s Cardenal Herrera, San Pablo University and Abat Oliba universities focuses on training both clinical and primary researchers with the goal of improving overall quality of care. The program´s translational approach is centered on the two-way flow of samples, trials, and results between the patient and the research laboratory, and viceversa, through a wide range of translational Areas of Research, and diagnostic-therapeutic innovation in molecular and genetic studies on chronic inflammatory, degenerative, and neoplastic diseases, in patients and preclinical experimental disease models.

CEINDO CEU Doctorado Internacional

Más de 75years’

experience at all educational levels.

What sets us apart?

1. Research

Work with the top researchers in their fields.


2. Global in Scope

Conduct research abroad.

3. Professional Development

Develop your research skills and advance your professional career.

Academic Committee Comisión Académica Programa Doctorado


José Luís Lavandera
José Luís Lavandera
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Isabel Guillén Salazar
Isabel Guillén Salazar
Deputy Coordinator UCH
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Paloma Alonso-Stuyck – The Conversation
Paloma Alonso Stuyck 
Deputy Coordinator (UAO CEU)
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Esther Escudero
Esther Escudero Lirola
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Emiliano Calvo Aller
Emiliano Calvo Aller
Clinic Coordinator
[email protected]

Research Coordinators

  • LINE 1. Oncology. Emiliano Calvo Aller.
  • Sub-line 1.1. Medical and translational oncology and hematology. Emiliano Calvo Aller.
  • Sub-line 1.2. Pre-clinical oncology. Ángel Ayuso Sacido.
  • LINE 2. Neuroscience. José Obeso Inchausti.
  • Sub-line 2.1. Translational neuroscience. José Obeso Inchausti.
  • Sub-line 2.2. Neurodegeneration and neuroprotection. José Luis Lavandera Díaz
  • Sub-line 2.3. Clinical Psychology. Javier López Martínez.
  • LINE 3. Cardiovascular Pathology and Internal Medicine. José María Castellano Vázquez.
  • LINE 4. Surgical physiopathology of the musculoskeletal system. Francisco Foriol Campos.
  • Sub-line 4.1. Physiopathology and therapeutics of the musculoskeletal system. Francisco Foriol Campos.
  • Sub-line 4.2. New techniques in general surgery. Emilio de Vicente López.
  • LINE 5. Multidisciplinary approach to prevention and clinical therapeutics. Lucrecia Moreno Royo.
  • Sub-line 5.1. Clinical pharmacology. Lucrecia Moreno Royo.
  • Sub-line 5.2. Nursing. Mercedes Sánchez Martínez.
  • Sub-line 5.3. Physiotherapy. Juan Francisco Lisón Párraga.
  • LINE 6. Experimental and clinical immunopathology. Domingo Barber Hernandez.
  • LINE 7. Experimental and clinical dentistry. Manuel Fernández Domínguez

Postdoctoral Advisors

Research Líneas de Investigación

LINE 1. Oncology

1.1. Medical and translational oncology and hematology.

Emiliano Calvo Aller
Emiliano Calvo Aller
Subarea Coordinator

Integrating a diversity of clinical content with research in oncology is a distinguishing feature of this PhD subarea, which includes specifically tailored course curriculum, activities, locations (Clara Campal HM CIOCC Comprehensive Oncology Center, early and late phase oncology clinical trials programs), and expert oncology supervisors, faculty and researchers.

1.2. Pre-clinical oncology.

Ángel Ayuso Sacido
Ángel Ayuso Sacido
Subarea Coordinator

Researches the biology of tumors in relation to clinical symptoms, identifying new therapeutic targets through the use of in vitro and in vivo models, developing and implementing new technologies in the study of both tumor growth and real-time responses to treatment, and designing new personalized therapies, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of the patient.

LINE 2. Neuroscience

2.1. Translational neuroscience.

Emiliano Calvo Aller
José Obeso Inchausti
Subarea Coordinator

The main objective of the program is to provide the neurobiological, physiopathological and therapeutic foundations of neurodegenerative disease, with a special emphasis on persons with mobility disorders. Students will receive basic and clinical training related to the anatomic-functional organization of movement control, behavior, and emotions, as well as the main cognitive alterations that characterize neurodegenerative processes.


2.2. Neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.

José Luis Lavandera
José Luis Lavandera
Subarea Coordinator

Researches the molecular and pathophysiological factors involved in neurodegenerative disease related to ageing, with the aim of finding new mechanisms of action and therapeutic targets for the development of innovative neuroprotective therapies, through either pharmacological or pharmacogenomic approaches.


2.3. Clinical Psychology.

Javier López Martínez
Javier López Martínez
Subarea Coordinator

LINE 3. Cardiovascular Pathology and Internal Medicine

José María Castellano Vázquez
José María Castellano Vázquez
Research Coordinator

The PhD Program in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases focuses on training students wishing to learn more about the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the world’s leading cause of death: cardiovascular disease. The program trains students to carry out high-quality translational clinical research and produce improved health outcomes.

LINE 4. Surgical physiopathology of the muscoloskeletal system

4.1. Physiopathology and therapeutics of the musculoskeletal system.

Francisco Forriol Campos
Francisco Forriol Campos
Subarea Coordinator

After completing three prior phases: resectioning (amputations), reconstruction, and replacement (arthroplasties or prostheses), Surgery has now entered a new era called biological or regenerative surgery, or the fourth R. The regenerative phase requires that clinicians and surgeons possess the in-depth knowledge of cells, tissues and systems, anchored by comprehensive clinical trial methodology, necessary to transfer research from the lab over to the patient.


4.2. New techniques in general surgery.

Emilio de Vicente Lópezo
Emilio de Vicente López
Subarea Coordinator

The research focuses on oncologic surgery, including: prognostic factors in pancreatic cancer; neoadjuvant therapy in pancreatic cancer; impact on patient survival of vascular resectioning due to pancreatic cancer; functional and volumetric assessment of the residual liver in patients undergoing extreme liver surgery; prognostic factors in neuroendocrinal tumors of the pancreas, treatment with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as a therapeutic alternative to surgical resectioning in pancreatic neuroendocrinal tumors; oncological aspects of robotic surgery in digestive tumors; isolated liver perfusion in the treatment of irreversible bilobar liver metastases.

LINE 5. Multidisciplinary approach to prevention and clinical therapeutics.

5.1. Clinical pharmacology.

Lucrecia Moreno Royo
Lucrecia Moreno Royo
Subarea Coordinator

Studies the etiology and factors of prognostic value in pathology as a means to develop new therapeutic strategies that minimize the impact of disease. This Area of Research takes a multidisciplinary approach spanning a wide range of therapies: from pharmacology to healthcare. The field comprises studies in pharmacology and therapeutics at the molecular, cellular and physiological level, and their relation to inflammatory pathologies, chronic pathologies, morbidity in old age, musculoskeletal diseases, etc.


5.2. Nursing.

Mercedes Sánchez Martínez
Mercedes Sánchez Martínez
Subarea Coordinator

This Subarea is aimed specifically at nurses who wish to carry out research projects related to healthcare promotion and prevention, innovation for person-centered care, intervention in risk groups, and bioethical aspects related to clinical practice.


5.3. Physiotherapy.

Juan Francisco Lisón Párraga
Juan Francisco Lisón Párraga
Subarea Coordinator

Physiotherapy follows a holistic approach to personal health based on simple health maintenance and recovery procedures. This subarea constitutes a therapeutic alternative to pharmacology as it promotes disease prevention through an evaluation of the patient´s functional state, based on physical, psychological, and social aspects. Physiotherapy is a basic care tool in a variety of fields, such as geriatrics, physical and psychological disabilities, and sport.


LÍNEA 6. Experimental and clinical immunopathology

Domingo Barber Hernandez
Domingo Barber Hernandez
Research Coordinator

Experimental and clinical immunopathology covers topics related to:

  • Asthma: Biomarkers associated with severe phenotypes.
  • Food allergy: Mechanisms involved in the progression from respiratory to food allergies.
  • Predictive biomarkers in pharmacological treatment of allergic and asthmatic patients.
  • Influence of microbiota in the genesis of allergy.
  • Modulation of the composition of microbiota in the treatment of allergies.
  • Multiple Sclerosis: Animal Models and Humoral Response

LÍNEA 7. Experimental and clinical dentistry

Manuel Fernández Domínguez
Manuel Fernández Domínguez
Research Coordinator

Spans all disciplines, with a special focus on those involved in restorative dentistry, oral surgery, implantology, periodontics, orthodontics, infectious and tumor pathology, dentistry and preventive medicine, the history of dentistry, etc. After completing the training period, the candidate will be able to design research projects aimed at identifying and solving dental problems from the broadest point of view.


Admissions Profile

The Doctorate Program in Translational Medicine is tailored to Graduates in Medicine, Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, and other university graduates from the Health Sciences with an interest in Research in Translational Medicine.
In addition, an adequate level of English is encouraged.
Students exempt from additional training:
Given the program´s translational nature, it is recommended that students hold a Master’s degree from a Spanish or foreign university, in the following areas:

  1. Methodology for the study of pathogenic processes underlying human diseases.
  2. Molecular and genetic biology of disease and its implications in the clinical expression of organic and mental diseases, and in their progression and response to treatment.
  3. Methodology for the identification and validation of biomarkers and molecular targets of interest in diagnostic-therapeutic development.
  4. Laboratory methodology and preclinical experimentation.
  5. University graduates who, after being admitted to training based on a specialized health training exam, have completed a minimum of two years of training in an officially recognized program related to Health Sciences.

Students who have not completed prior training required for admission must, upon successful enrollment, attend any additional training deemed necessary by the Academic Committee.

Training Plan

Mandatory Training Activities






  • Advanced document search and management techniques applied to research.
  • Assessment and evaluation of scientific production. 12 H. Transversal.
  • Ethical uses of scientific documentation.
  • Statistics applied to Research.

Mandatory Annual Activities

Mandatory for all students regardless of year and status (full-time or part-time)
Pre-doctoral Day
Work meetings with supervisor(s)

Training Complements

The doctoral program´s Academic Committee will determine if any additional training (coursework, research) is required on a case-by-case basis.


– Comprehensive understanding of a field of study and mastery of related skills and research methods.
– Ability to devise, design, create, implement and adopt a significant process of research or development.
– Ability to push the limits knowledge through original research.
– Ability to analyze, assess, and synthesize new and complex ideas in a critical fashion.
– Ability to engage the academic and scientific communities, and society at large, with your fields of knowledge, through international scientific standards and languages
– Ability to promote, both academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress within the knowledge society.
– Coping in contexts where specific information is limited.
– Finding the key questions that must be answered in order to solve a complex problem.
– Designing, creating, developing, and undertaking new and innovative projects in your field of knowledge.
– Working both independently and as part of a larger team, in an international or multidisciplinary context.
– Integrating knowledge, dealing with complexity and forming opinions
based on limited information.
– Criticism and intellectual defense of solutions.
– The student will acquire all the basic and general competencies referred to in article 5 of the 2011 99 RD

Doctoral Thesis

You can consult the procedure below for the deposit and defence of the thesis at the CEU International Doctoral School (CEINDO):

Specific requirements of the Doctoral Program in TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE


You can consult the regulations established in article RD99/2011 and other external regulations, as well as CEINDO’s internal regulations at:

You can consult the information related to mentions at:

You can consult the thesis defended at:

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