IRIBHM PHD Programme 2022

IRIBHM is a research institute of the Medical School of the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB). The institute offers an internationally prominent research environment in molecular biology and life sciences, that engage different topics that span receptor pharmacology and new therapeutic targets discovery, early embryonic development, neurobiology, stem cells and cancer. The institute has trained over the years a number of talented young scientists both at the graduate and postdoctoral levels.

In order to expand internationally and keep rising its level of excellence, the IRIBHM (https://iribhm.org/) launches an international graduate programme in order to prepare the future leaders in biomedical sciences. At least 2 PhD scholarships are available. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in a warm and stimulating research environment aligned with the highest international standards.

As the administrative center of the European Union, Brussels is a perfect location for an International PhD programme. In addition, the city shows an active cultural life and is hosting most nationalities from all over the world.

We look forward to welcoming you in Brussels! 


  1. Diplomas and degrees equivalent to a European Union Master’s degree, which includes project work summarized in a written “small thesis”
  2. Two referees willing to provide letter of recommendations
  3. Excellent knowledge of English
  4. Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills

Closing date for CV and letters submission: May 22, 2022

Accepted candidates may start research projects as early as November 2022

Visit our website http://iribhmphd.ulb.be for more details and CV submission.


New European H2020 research project

The influence of endocrine disruptors on the male and female thyroid gland. The new European collaborative project SCREENED aims to develop three-dimensional (3D) cell-based in vitro tests to better characterize the effects of endocrine disruptors on thyroid functions. This method will overcome the limitations of existing tests, being more sensitive, at low doses of exposure to chemicals, and enabling the prediction of their toxicity on human health in a sex-specific manner. Sabine Costagliola Lab at IRIBHM is the Belgian partner of this ambitious and innovative project.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825745.

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Sabine Costagliola
ULB – IRIBHM, Faculty of Medicine