CRCT’s student activity is rich and full of variety : missions handled by students allow to develop animation and scientific value and to participate to the Center life. 


Created in 2019 by Bruno Segui and the Centre’s management, the PhD program was set up to:

  • Obtain a scientific comprehension of high standard in oncology, from fundamental to clinical science
  • Communicate and discuss in English



    The COMET is a structure within the PhD program responsible of organising different missions (Journal Club, Workshops) that allow doctoral students to participate in the scientific animation of the Centre and obtain a scientific comprehension in oncology.
    The COMET is reconstituted every year with a dozen students including a group leader (or co-leaders). The student participation in this structure is recognised by the doctoral school, allowing the validation of a module.



    • Manon Brunet – Team 10 (co-leader)
    • Thomas Farge – Team 18 (co-leader)
    • Juliette Bertorello – Team 5
    • Lorry Carrié  – Team 4
    • Guillaume Cognet – Team 18
    • Lilas Courtot – Team 2
    • Marcin Domagala – Team 9
    • Carine Dufau – Team 4
    • Vincent Fregona – Team 16
    • Maud Maillard – Team 14
    • Lorraine Quillien – Team 10
    • Mathieu Virazels – Team 4
    • Organising the Journal Club :

    Weekly Journal Clubs programmed Thursdays between 1:30 and 2pm.

    Composed of a presentation in English analysing a recent scientific article during 15mins, followed by 15mins of questions.

    Roster alternating between Teams set up for those interested to participate each week.


    • Organising the Workshops :

    These Workshops are set up to promote interactions in English around a scientific theme or axis, by inviting an international keynote speaker as well as 5 to 10 PhD students to present their thesis. These half-day seminars are organised by one or two COMET members in collaboration with the scientific animations committee (CAS – Comité d’Animation Scientifique) and the axis representative at the CRCT.

    • Axe 1 – Oncogenic signalling, DNA damage response and genetic instability
    • Axe 2 – RNA and cancer
    • Axe 3 – Tumour microenvironment and metabolism
    • Axe 4 – Oncoimmunology
    • Axe 5 – Mechanisms of resistance and new targets: from molecular to clinical pharmacology
    • Axe 6 – Mathematics, physics and computational tools in oncology

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    • Encourages interactions between the board of directors, axis representatives, researchers and students


    • The PhD of excellence :

    To obtain the PhD of excellence from the CRCT, one must :

    – Present at least one journal club and an oral presentation within the scientific animation of the centre
    – Obtain at least 30 points through conferences and journal club presence

    The COMET attests students’ participation during the events organised by the centre so as to validate the label of “PhD Excellence”.

    According to the calculated scores at the end of each academic year, are awarded to the most implicated students:

    – The PhD of Excellence label from the CRCT
    – 3 annual scholarships (1000€) to attend international congresses



    "Journal Club" / year


    "PhD Excellence" label



      These meetings are organised independently by the students in the centre with the help of the Centre’s management to maintain a cohesive atmosphere between doctoral students. These events allow students from different teams to communicate around scientific and other issues.

      A few examples of student meetings:

      • Welcome meeting for students beginning their thesis or internships
      • Beginning of year meeting (January)
      • End of academic year and end of exams meeting

        Every trimester, a game night is organised for members of the CRCT.

        On top of the games selection offered by Elie Marcheteau and Guillaume Labrousse, each participant is allowed to bring their own games to share with their colleagues.

        The COMET is present to animate the games and to ensure a friendly evening, where we encourage everyone to bring food for the traditional ‘pot luck’ dinner.



        Once a week at lunchtimes (12am to 2pm), a ‘touch rugby’ game is organised by the CRCT students. This event is open to all, doesn’t require any specific equipment and takes place in a convivial and competitive spirit.

        Grab your trainers and come join us!



        Weekly choir sessions are run by Ghilaine Dussourd at the CRCT and financed by the CLAS INSERM. This collective shares, entertains and learns to sing in a group, with a multitude of voices and languages more or less known: good vibes are always present!

        Concerts are organised at the IUCT, in collaboration with choirs from other INSERM centres and with the IUCT-O orchestra. These concerts are organised for the music festival (21st June) and during the Christmas period.

        No need to be an opera singer to join in, everyone finds their voice!


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        Manon Brunet
        PhD Student, team 10



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