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NEW   Teaching 2024


Spring School on Biotechnologies 2024


General aim of the PhD course in Biotechnologies is to provide a thorough background in biotechnological research, for purposes ranging from basic research to technology transfer. The programme comprises three curricula, namely “Medical Biotechnology”, “Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology” and “Biomaterials and Biodevices”.

  1. Medical Biotechnologyis mainly focused on molecular and clinical diagnostics and development of innovative and customized therapies. The topics of the PhD program spans from the development of pharmacological tools to defeat a variety of diseases to the genetic processes that lead to organ regeneration. Active areas of research include molecular cell mechanisms in cancer, pharmacology of biotech drugs, cell biology (including stem cell biology), development of new medical devices. The educational objectives of the program encompass collaborative exchanges with national and international partners and internal classes on biotechnology disciplines.
  2. Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology focuses on active research areas such as: advanced genetic and microbial biotechnologies, cellular technologies for manipulation of stem cells, gene expression and cloning in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, biotechnological large scale production of useful bio-molecules, bio-based products, and recombinant cells; genetic, genomic, proteomic and cellular function analyses through technological approaches in silico, ex-vivo and in vivo; molecular and cellular technologies for biomedical application and for drug discovery, biotechnological strategies for industrial processes linked to chemistry, green-chemistry, biochemistry, supervision and quality control of biotechnological systems. Analysis and management of the biodiversity, environmental sustainability with special focus on the biotechnological productions.
  3. Biomaterials and Biodevicesis primarily concerned with the design and development of smart biomaterials that, together with the synthesis of nanostructured sensors, is opening new frontiers to biotechnology. Indeed, biomaterials and bio-devices represent an emerging research area applicable in all fields of biotechnology (red, green and white), playing a significant role in food and nutrition sciences, biomedicine, agriculture, imaging and many other technological fields.

The objectives integrated with the three-year teaching and research activities for the thesis, on site or abroad, are:

1st year: learning of theoretical and experimental knowledge with lessons and laboratory activities, under tutoring.

2nd year: development of the research project, participation in conferences, participation in teaching and training activities.

3rd year: research and continuous updating, drafting of the experimental thesis.

Students are currently required to achieve a total of 50 credit forming units (CFU).

All students will present a yearly learning plan to the tutor and to the PhD faculty for approval.

Students can attend different types of courses and of experiences as listed below:

  1. Courses of the doctorate in Biotechnology (see Learning activities)
  2. Traineeship abroad: Students are requested to spend at least three months in foreigner institutions during the three years.
  3. Courses within the University of Perugia. Only courses at Master Degree level (Laurea Magistrale) are allowed and exclusively for topics lacking from the topics attended by the student prior to his/her enrolment in the PhD program.
  4. Linguistic, Information Technology and Soft Skills courses from the University of Perugia and other institutions
  5. Courses from other PhD programs
  6. Other external instruction programs out of the University of Perugia
  7. Seminars, meetings and congresses

 Attribution of CFU for different learning activities

  • Courses of the doctorate: 1 CFU / day
  • Meetings, Congresses and Workshops on topics related to the PhD program: 0.5 CFU/day
  • Seminars on topics related to the PhD program: 0.2 CFU
  • Supporting teaching activity carried out by the student :1 CFU / 6 hrs
  • Tutorship carried out by the student 1 CFU / 25 hrs.
  • Traineeship and stages abroad: 5 CFU /month

Learning activities Archive:

Learning activities 2022

Learning activities 2021 

Learning activities XXXVII Cycle

Learning activities XXXVI Cycle

Learning activities XXXV Cycle

Learning activities XXXIV Cycle

All materials are available in the Unistudium page of the doctorate.

Lectures in remote mode will be held in the Teams Room of the doctorate.


Winter Schools Archive:

Round table: Biotecnologie e Società 2020

Round table: Biotecnologie e Società 2019

Winter School on Biotechnology 2018 (5 CFU)

E1. Linguistics

The Doctoral Course offers doctoral students the opportunity to participate to foreign language courses held at the University Language Canter (CLA). The levels of language courses offered at the CLA refer to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The language courses may have a six-month (10 ECTS) or an annual (13 ECTS) duration. At the end of the course the level achieved in the individual language skills will be assessed.

E2. Information technology

The Doctoral Course offers doctoral students the opportunity to participate in computer and labs already offered in other University study courses. Specific courses will also be organized in modules of 1 CFU (for example the use of software for data analysis, word processing programs, archiving and import programs for bibliographic data; in-depth study on databases and their consultation). For these courses, a verification of the level of knowledge acquired will be provided.

E3. Management of research, knowledge of research systems and funding systems.

The Doctoral Course offers the opportunity to participate to 1 CFU courses on research management, knowledge of research systems and funding systems. The courses will deal with: research design and development techniques; drafting and management of financial plans for research projects; project management by stages of work progress and their reporting; management of relations with lenders. The courses include a final check.

E4. Enhancement of research results and intellectual property

The PhD course offers the opportunity to participate to six 1-CFU courses on the enhancement of research and intellectual property. The 6 courses will cover: the transition from basic to applied research; research enhancement techniques; the funding of applied research; the protection of intellectual property; the intervention of universities in favour of patents; business creation and research spin-offs. The courses include a final verification.

The aim of the doctorate is to develop skills and deep understanding in the experimental design, analyses and data management in order to achieve autonomy research and project management. This will allow:

1. Allocation in the field of research (universities and other public and private research institutes);

2. Allocation in biotechnological industries, in public and private companies / entities operating in the service sector and specifically: research and development laboratories and production and quality control departments in biotechnological companies and other companies interested in biotechnological innovation such as chemical companies (fine chemicals, bioenergetics, innovative materials), pharmaceuticals, agri-foodstuffs;

3. Allocation within the NHS.

G1. Foreign universities affiliated


G2. Other associated / affiliated Bodies / Companies


       2.COSTA D'ORO S.P.A.

G3. Other bodies / companies with collaborations

  1. Brunner Tomas Universität - Konstanz, Germany
  2. Saarland University, Germany
  3. Libert Claude Universiteit Gent, Belgium
  4. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  5. Jurga Stefan - Nanobiomed Center- Poland
  6. Ospedale Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza - Italy