Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo

A.Y. Cycle Venue
2018/2019 XXXIV Urbino
positions with scholarship without scholarship Coordinator Email
8 6 2 Prof. Marco Bruno Luigi Rocchi marco.rocchi@uniurb.it

PNRR - Unione Europea
MUR - Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca
Italia Domani - Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza


The following areas of research specialization can be pursued  in the Life and Health Sciences and Biotechnology Ph.D. program:

  1. Erythrocyte-mediated delivery and targeting of diagnostics and drugs
  2. Fungal biotechnology
  3. New pharmacological approaches for the treatment of neoplasms by means of chromatin  remodeling molecules (epidrugs)
  4. Oxidative stress
  5. Cell death mechanisms
  6. Cell differentiation
  7. Regulation of gene expression and signal transduction
  8. Intracellular communication
  9. Genetic polymorphisms in cancer prevention and control
  10. Structural and functional plasticity of the central and peripheral nervous system in physiological and pathological conditions
  11. Study methods and strategies for the biodiversity assessment
  12. Virulence factors and microbial pathogenicity
  13. Natural substances of plant origin as pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals compounds
  14. Movement analysis and physical exercise protocols in prevention, functional rehabilitation and sports

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The Ph.D. program in Life and Health Sciences and Biotechnology is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to perform cutting edge research in important areas of  life, health and biotechnology sciences in accordance with the Horizon 2020 priorities. To achieve a fruitful integration of basic and applied research we offer our students a choice of three distinct curricula, each providing extensive training in a vast range of multidisciplinary areas. Hence, our graduates will have a solid foundation encompassing skills pertaining to the BIO, MED and M-EDF sectors and the technological infrastructure of the Department of Biomolecular Sciences.

The three curricula are designed to train students in the respective areas of:

1.       health and pharmaceuticals, with a particular focus on the study of biologically active molecules and biotechnological therapeutic approaches;

2.       cellular biology and the biology of unicellular and multicellular organisms and their morpho-functional, immunological , differential and evolutionary aspects;

motor activities, sports and physical exercise for health, developing skills to assess the responses induced by specific exercise protocols in healthy subjects and in those with various pathologies as well as in the field of advanced-stage rehabilitation.

Ph.D. students will pursue research pertaining to their doctoral project under the supervision of a tutor and, if necessary,  a co-tutor, both of whom will be deeply involved in the project. Students will be able to use the equipment at the following laboratories and centers at the University of Urbino and affiliated hospital facilities: laboratories for biochemical and molecular analyses; cell biology and cell culture laboratories;  optical and fluorescence microscopy laboratories; confocal microscopy laboratory; laboratories of transmission, scanning and environmental scanning electron microscopy; flow cytometry laboratories; electrophysiological and calcium imaging laboratory; functional assessment laboratory; laboratories of hospital and rehabilitation facilities; athletic facilities; enclosures for laboratory animals.

Students will have access to the materials found in the scientific libraries of the University, including 5000 subscriptions to magazines, scientific journals and databanks (Pub-med, Sportdiscus full text, Scopus, SciFinder Scholar, PsychInfo, and Psycharticles – 400 databanks; Springer e-books; interactive atlases).

Every student will have his/her own personal workstation and enjoy access to all the department facilities.

Students may apply for tutoring positions and may be asked to provide teaching assistance for a maximum of 40 hours.

Language skills

Students can attend English courses at the University Center for Languages and are expected to reach a B2 level of proficiency. They are also expected to develop their speaking skills and ability to write abstracts for presentations at international conferences and scientific papers.

Computer skills

Students are expected to become proficient in the use of the most common computer programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), and to acquire in-depth knowledge of databanks necessary for bibliographic research.

Management of research and knowledge of research and funding systems

Students will be trained in the drafting and discussion of experimental procedures and the management of projects. In addition, they will be taught the methods used to obtain funding, the procedure to apply for funding and how to draft funding reports.

Optimizing research results and intellectual property

Students will learn to interpret research results, discuss those results and draw the appropriate conclusions. The Technology Transfer Office of the University of Urbino can assist students with possible patents and will hold training seminars on this topic.


Students will be asked to attend Biostatistics seminars.


Students will attend lessons on biohazards as part of their laboratory research training.

Seminars on relevant research topics

Students will be asked to attend seminars, held by prominent Italian and International scholars, on topics related to the areas of research explored in the Ph.D. program.

Lecturer Institution Url
Maria Cristina Albertini Università di Urbino
Giulia Amagliani Università di Urbino
Patrizia Ambrogini Università di Urbino
Walter Balduini Università di Urbino
Maria Balsamo Università di Urbino
Elena Barbieri Università di Urbino
Piero Benelli CONI -
Marzia Bianchi Università di Urbino
Dasiel Oscar Borroto-Escuela Karolinska Institutet -
Giorgio Brandi Università di Urbino
Orazio Cantoni Università di Urbino
Rita Crinelli Università di Urbino
Riccardo Cuppini Università di Urbino
Rita De Matteis Università di Urbino
Elisabetta Falcieri Università di Urbino
Mirco Fanelli Università di Urbino
Ario Federici Università di Urbino
Mara Fiorani Università di Urbino
Diego Fontaneto Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche -
Alessandra Fraternale Università di Urbino
Daniele Fraternale Università di Urbino
Luca Galluzzi Università di Urbino
Pietro Gobbi Università di Urbino
Michele Guescini Università di Urbino
Loretta Guidi Università di Urbino
Riccardo Izzo Università di Urbino
Francesca Luchetti Università di Urbino
Mauro Magnani Università di Urbino
Ferdinando Mannello Università di Urbino
Andrea Minelli Università di Urbino
Mirko Paiardini Laboratory Medicine, Emory University, School of Medicine -
Stefano Papa Università di Urbino
Lucia Anna Maria Potenza Università di Urbino
Kristensen Reinhardt Møbjerg Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen -
Marco Bruno Luigi Rocchi Università di Urbino
Luigia Rossi Università di Urbino
Giuditta Fiorella Schiavano Università di Urbino
Piero Sestili Università di Urbino
Vilberto Stocchi Università di Urbino
Luciana Vallorani Università di Urbino

Employment opportunities

Graduates of the Ph.D. program will have employment opportunities in the following areas:

universities; public and private research organizations; pharmaceutical, chemical and nutraceutical companies; the food industry; public and private chemical-clinical testing laboratories; centers for environmental research and monitoring; biobanks; zoos; schools; specialized athletic facilities.

How to apply for the Ph.D. Programme in Sciences of Life, Health and Biotechnologies

Course with limited number of positions
Number of positions
8 available (6 with scholarship, 2 without scholarship)
Admission deadline
Applications due by 27/08/2018
Official documents
Consult the modalities of the selection procedures, the criteria used for the evaluation of titles and for the interview

Official Documentation
Useful information

Selection process

-          Assessment of qualifications

-          Interview/oral assessment, including an evaluation of the candidate’s knowledge of English

Qualifications and documents to be attached to the Ph.D. program application

-          Curriculum vitae (CV)

-          Scientific publications

-          Second level degree thesis abstract

-          Letters of reference

-          Other relevant qualifications

On-line procedure
On-line application

Useful documents and materials

Official documents for selection procedure vedi

Information on teaching and research activities

Marco Rocchi
 0722 303304   marco.rocchi@uniurb.it

Administrative contacts

Secretary’s Office
Ufficio Dottorati - Post laurea - Esami di Stato
Via Veterani, 36 - Urbino
Office hours
Monday - Friday from 9.30 am to 13pm
 Tel. +39 0722 304632 / +39 0722 304646 / +39 0722 304638  dottorato@uniurb.it

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