PhD in Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences

Academic Year 2022-2023
Subject area Medical, Pharmaceutical and Veterinary Medical Sciences
Cycle 38
Coordinator Prof. Matilde Yung Follo
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years

Application deadline: Dec 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

2nd NRRP Call for Applications - Further PhD positions

Enrolment: From Jan 24, 2023 to Feb 03, 2023 - On, PhD candidates awarding NRRP positions should use NRRP forms only

Doctoral programme start date: Mar 01, 2023

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Application deadline: Aug 02, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

NRRP Call for Applications

Enrolment: From Sep 30, 2022 to Oct 10, 2022 - On download NRRP forms only

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2022

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Application deadline: Jun 09, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

Call for Applications

Positions: More information in the PhD Programme Table

Enrolment: From Jul 20, 2022 to Jul 29, 2022

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2022

Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences - DIBINEM
Associated Departments
Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine - DIMES
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences - DIMEC
Research topics
  • Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
  • Clinical and Experimental Physiopathology
  • Basic and Clinical Neurosciences
  • Morphology, Differentiation and Stem Cells
  • Personalized Medicine in Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Academics, National Health Service, National and International Biotech and Pharmaceutical Companies.
Admission Board

Call for Application, NRRP Call and NRRP Call - Further PhD Positions
Appointed by RD 830/2022 Prot. n. 0127511 of 30/05/2022
Confirmed by RD 1103/2022 Prot. n. 0162873 of 17/07/2022
Confirmed by RD 952/2022 Prot. n. 0357333 of 02/12/2022

Surname Name University / Institution Role email
Breschi Lorenzo Università di Bologna Member
Fattori Patrizia Università di Bologna Member
Follo Matilde Yung Università di Bologna Member
Provini Federica Università di Bologna Member
Tonon Caterina Università di Bologna Member
Calandra Buonaura Giovanna Università di Bologna Substitute
Ciani Elisabetta Università di Bologna Substitute
Di Martino Alberto Corrado Università di Bologna Substitute
Evangelisti Stefania Università di Bologna Substitute
Mazzoni Annalisa Università di Bologna Substitute

* The following shall take part in the work of the Examination Board as expert members for positions linked to specific research topics for NRRP Call:

  • Simone Papagno - Cytosens Srl
  • Enrico Franceschi - IRCCS Istituto delle Scienze Neurologiche
  • Giuseppe Plazzi - IRCCS Istituto delle Scienze Neurologiche
  • Benno Buchbinder - Botiss Biomaterials
  • Laura Mercatali - Istituto Romagnolo per la studio dei tumori "Dino Amadori"
  • Pietro Felice - Biotec Srl
Learning outcomes

The aim of the PhD programme is to provide to the scientific community outstanding young researchers who can lead research groups in the Universities, Hospitals, Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries. Our PhDs will have Comprehensive skills in the fields of: Morphology and functions of the nucleus; Gene regulation mechanisms; Morphogenesis, organogenesis and differentiation; Stem cells; Biopathology of acute and chronic lymphoproliferative and myeloproliferative disorders; Nervous system; Cellular and molecular aspects of nerve function; Pathophysiology of the sleep-wake cycle; Neurological pathologies; Neuropharmacology and Neuropathology; Image analysis and biomolecular correlates; Clinical and Experimental Pathology and Pathophysiology; Medical biotechnology and biomedical technologies; Biochemistry of metabolic systems

Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
  • Teaching: PhD students must attend at least n.5 general seminars given by outstanding international scientists, including Nobel Laureates (in the last years Sir Tim Hunt has been coopted as Special lecturer), as well as lab seminars indicated or delivered by the supervisors.
  • Research: each PhD student must spend n.36 hours per week in the lab under the guidance of his/her supervisor.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes

The PhD programme branches in 8 research topics:

  8. - PERSONALIZED MEDICINE (Central theme that stems from the MIUR project "Excellent Departments", by coherently aggregating different disciplines and methodologies of the biomedical area, involving different ERC areas of basic and clinical disciplines, such as LS3, LS4, LS5, LS7)

In order to achieve the tasks of the PhD programme, the Faculty takes advantage from a Steering Committee, constituted by Faculty members belonging to each one of the research topics.

The PhD program includes laboratory and/or clinical research activities, organized by the Supervisor of each PhD student, and teaching activities organized by four entities: the University of Bologna, the pool of medical PhD programs, the PhD program itself and the Supervisor of each PhD student.

  • The University of Bologna organizes courses on: basic research management, research systems, research financing, research evaluation and intellectual property, business management. Advanced courses will be organized for PhD students with specific interests.
  • The pool of medical PhD Programmes organizes common lectures, courses of scientific English (24 hours, in collaboration with Centro Linguistico di Ateneo) and courses on the  safety in the biomedical environment (12 hours, in collaboration with the Area Persone e Organizzazione of the University and with the safety managers of the medical Departments).
  • The PhD program organizes seminars by faculty members.
  • Each Supervisor coordinates the attendance of specific events (meetings, workshops, grand rounds, etc.) and provides advanced bioinformatical education and tools in relation to the specific research project of each PhD student.


Internationalization features

Short training abroad for Italian PhD students.

Foreign students: the University of Tsukuba, according to the signed MOU, will send n.2 PhD students from Tsukuba (see the attached MOU). Framework agreements even with the University of Mekellé (see attached MOU).

On-line publication of the Doctorate framework. This has allowed in the past the recruitment of foreign students dealing with Erasmus, Socrates-Erasmus, SUNBEAM Erasmus Mundus programmes, as well as students coming from British Medical Schools.

Availability for MOU with foreign Universities aimed at the achievement of dual degree. Faculty members coming from highly qualified foreign Institutions. Both admission and PhD assignment panels can be constituted by foreign scientists in addition to Italian ones. Thesis defense can be carried out also in foreign Language.

Main Universities and International Research Centres collaborating with the Research Doctorate:

  • University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden
  • Vermont Cancer Center - University of Vermont, USA
  • National Institutes of Health, NHLBI, USA
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
Expected research results and products

The Faculty of the PhD programme will check the students' activity as follows:

  • monthly: discussion of the results obtained;
  • at the end of each year the PhD student must submit to the Faculty his/her report and will discuss with the Faculty members the value of the data after critical evaluation and the future experiments.

It is mandatory for each PhD student that at the end of the programme at least one paper has been published on peer-reviewed journals. The number of papers will be quantified on the basis of the IRIS database.


2nd NRRP Call - Further PhD positions