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

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2022/2023 XXXVIII [PNRR 351] Urbino
positions with scholarship without scholarship Coordinator Email
5 5 0 Prof. Marco 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 can be pursued in the Biomolecular and Health Sciences Ph. D. program:

  1. Molecular targets and new therapeutic agents
  2. Cell signaling and intercellular communication
  3. Molecular mechanisms of disease
  4. Physiopathology of oxidative stress
  5. Diagnostic and prevention of infectious and multifactorial diseases
  6. Nutrition science and food safety
  7. Neural plasticity in physiology and pathology
  8. Physical activity and exercise for health promotion, disease prevention and functional rehabilitation
  9. Statistical and mathematical methods in biology and medicine

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The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with the cognitive, critical and methodological tools so that they may acquire the necessary skills to carry out high level basic,  applied and translational research in the biomolecular biotechnological sector with applications and positive spillover effects in the field of health, in accordance with Horizon Europe.

To achieve a fruitful integration of basic and applied research our program offers lines of research encompassing a vast range of interdisciplinary studies within their specific subject areas. With the support of the technological infrastructure of the Department of Biomolecular Sciences and prestigious  scholars from universities and research institutes around the world,   our students will receive extensive training, including in skills pertaining to the SSD BIO (area 05), MED and M-EDF (area 06).

Biomolecular and health science, the main focus of the Ph.D. program, combines elements of several ERC areas in terms of fields (all the sectors of life sciences, from LS1 to LS9) and methodologies (Physical Sciences and Engineering, PE1_14, PE4_2, PE4_11, PE4_12, PE5_6, PE5_11, PE5_14, PE5_18, PE6_12, PE6_13), providing cross interdisciplinary skills as described in the aims of the course.  The range of skills that our graduates acquire will converge to forge professionals able to make contributions in the areas of disease prevention, diagnosis and therapy by developing strategies and solutions.

The research projects that are the recipients of grants related to PNRR doctorate programs will allow to deepen the knowledge and skills in a field with a strong scientific and technological vocation, promoting interdisciplinarity, adherence to international networks and intersectorality.

The enhancement of research results will be encouraged, the protection of intellectual property according to the "Open science" and "FAIR Data" principles will be guaranteed and the involvement of research centers in the definition of a training course will be encouraged, both within the framework of the agreement stipulated with the '' San Raffaele Telematic University of Rome and with wider and transversal institutional collaborations to ensure compliance with horizontal principles (environmental sustainability; sustainable development; equal opportunities and non-discrimination; accessibility for disabled people).

Ph.D. students will pursue research pertaining to their doctoral project under the close 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 facilities: the biochemical and molecular analyses laboratory; the cell biology and cell culture laboratory;  the optical and fluorescence microscopy laboratory; the confocal microscopy laboratory; the transmission, scanning and environmental scanning electron microscopy laboratory; the flow cytometry laboratory; the electrophysiological and calcium imaging laboratory; the mass spectrometry laboratory; the human performance laboratory; laboratories of functional rehabilitation facilities; the Gymnasium gym; enclosures for laboratory animals.

Students will have full access to the materials found in the scientific libraries of the University that boast more than 30,000 subscriptions, and approximately 37,000 scientific monographs, access to databanks (ACM, Environment Complete, Pub-med, Sportdiscus full text, Scopus, WoS, JStor, SciFinder, Scholar, PsychInfo and Psycharticles. Journal packages include Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, Emerald, Oxford University Press, American Chemical Society, American Society of Microbiology, Annual Reviews, Cell Press, Royal Society of Chemistry).

Ph. D. students will have access to the equipment in all participating departments, workstations, laboratory spaces, software and university network infrastructure.

Students in the Ph.D. program may apply for tutoring positions and may be asked to provide a maximum of 30 hours of teaching assistance.

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; hospitals and healthcare facilities; biobanks; museums; schools.

How to apply for the Ph.D. Programme in Biomolecular and Health Sciences

Course with limited number of positions
Number of positions
5 available (5 with scholarship, 0 without scholarship)
Admission deadline
Applications due by 31/08/2022
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

Attention: Applications must be submitted exclusively online no later than 1.00 pm (Italian time) on August 31, 2022. It is recommended to carefully read the Call for applications, including Annex A, to verify the admission requirements and the required documentation.

The Call for applications can be consulted on "DOCUMENTAZIONE AMMINISTRATIVA " or on  "DOCUMENTAZIONE UTILE ".
A guide for completing the application form is also available in the same folder.

On-line procedure
On-line application

Useful documents and materials

Official documents for selection procedure vedi

Information on teaching and research activities

Marco Rocchi
 0722303304   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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