Educational Offer

  Educational Goals


The main objective of the Ph.D. Course is to form scientists with biological knowledge for medical application.

Final aims:

 - better understanding molecular bases of diseases

 - developing new diagnostic systems, therapeutic and prevention tools.

This knowledge in the fields of biochemistry, biophysics, histology, physiology, microbiology and biotechnology, will provide the student with a wide professionalism aimed to ideate and develop biomedical research projects both basic and translational.

Ph.D. students will be allocated in different research groups belonging to the Departments involved in the Ph.D. Course in order to develop a gradual training approach during the three-year course.

The training will be integrated with the participation to national and international conferences, and meetings.

Furthermore, PhD students will have the possibility to spend a period of research in external national and international institutions.

  Didactic Program

The didactic program includes practical activity in the laboratory under the guidance of a tutor (the PhD Course offers a wide range of facilities  (see facilities section), attendance to seminaries given monthly and held by Italian and foreign invited speakers on themes of scientific relevance and topical interest.

Every 6 months a special seminar section (retreat) will be organized: each student will expose the advancement of his/her data to the other students and to the Board members of the Course.

PhD students will be invited to attend national and international meetings of interest for their research and to collaborate with other Italian and foreign research groups.

The teaching in the doctoral program is based on courses, some of them are specific and others are shared. They aim to provide a deep knowledge of the topics also thanks to practical training.

A Basic Science Week for the PhD Course of the Medical Area will be organized in collaboration with other PhD Courses:

Winter School - the teaching activity (including modules of 90 minutes each and masterful readings) deals with different topics that range from basic sciences to general culture and with topics and methodologies of common interest and transversal to all doctoral courses in the medical area.



Particular emphasis will be placed on the improvement of scientific writing and oral presentations in English, on bioinformatic competences (sequence and dataset analyses) and on communication skills. We plan to exercise students to write small grants to facilitate their participation to fellowship programs and larger grants to get acquainted with the forms for ERC application.

A course on Science Communication in Biomedicine and Bioscience will be organized, whose learning program will be focused on simulations and direct involvement of participants. Students will experiment how to effectively communicate scientific and technical information to different audiences, in various contexts and situations, using suitable language and to appropriate content and messages.


For the new year series, we will carry out seminar and courses, focusing on:


-          Coronavirus biology and emerging infections

-          Big data analysis and bioinformatics

-          Single cell analysis


Please note that among the specificities of this year Educational goals, we are planning other courses which PhD students can optionally attend (organized by University of Padova in collaboration):

-English language courses (organized by Centro Linguistico di Ateneo – CLA) with the aim of developing the linguistic skills necessary for writing research/projects, scientific publications and acquiring fluency in conversation; this attitude will also be deepened in the context of the seminars planned in the training course;

-PhD Educational week on Transferable skills; International Summer and Winter School & Short Courses aimed to enhancing the so-called "transversal skills" of doctoral students and providing them with the tools useful also for a better understanding of the aims of the International Programs and ways of accessing funding in order to facilitate the presentation of proposals to the calls;

-Contamination LAB Veneto (extracurricular training course) is a multidisciplinary contamination project involving also PhD students. The goal is to promote the culture of enterprise and innovation, interdisciplinary and the dissemination of new learning models and to enhance the results of scientific activity in relation to the protection of intellectual property.