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


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Ferdinando Mannello
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Biotechnology (L-2)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The Cell Biology applied to Biotechnology course aims to capture the student with the knowledge of the major biological characteristics of cells and tissues of the human organism.


1)     The development  of modern Cell Biology (historical profile and the basis of cell heterogeneity)

2)     Visualization, fractionation and in vitro culture of eukaryotic cells (optic and electronic microscopy; subcellular organelles; innovative methodologies for morpho-functional analyses of eukaryotic cells)

3)     Main cell  signaling mechanisms

4)     The cell biology of the cytoskeleton

5)     Main characteristics and functions of Cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions

6)     Immune system: biological basis and main biomolecular functions, B and T  lymphocytes, Ig and MHC systems

7)     The cell biology of neoplastic cells (main characteristics, proliferation and differentiation, oncogenes)

8)     Stem cells (niche, proliferation-differentiation-homing mechanisms, asymmetric division, stemness and cancerogenesis) 

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The course will enable students to integrate knowledge derived from basic scientific disciplines through molecular, anatomical and physiological notions, in order  to reach a complete view of the human cellular  functions in normal and pathological conditions.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lessons and seminar activities

Course books

1)     Becker WM, Kleinsmith LJ, Hardin J, Bertoni GP: Il mondo della cellula,  ed. Casa Editrice Pearson,

2) Lodish H, Berk A, Kaiser CA, Krieger M,  et al: Biologia molecolare della cellula,  casa Editrice Zanichelli,

(Please, check the original versions of the texts cited above)


Oral exam

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.


For further informations, please contact me via mail or by phone at +39-0722-304621

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