PhD in Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences

Academic Year 2018-2019
Subject area Medical, Pharmaceutical and Veterinary Medical Sciences
Cycle 34
Coordinator Prof. Lucio Ildebrando Cocco. Starting from 10/05/2018 Prof. Pietro Cortelli.
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 18 positions, of which 14 with scholarship and 2 reserved positions
Application deadline May 14, 2018 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrolment period From Jul 18, 2018 to Jul 30, 2018
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2018
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences - DIBINEM
Associated Departments
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences - DIMEC
Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine - DIMES
Department for Life Quality Studies - QUVI
Mobility abroad
Yes (3 months)
Research topics

- Biochemistry and Clinical Biochemistry
- Medical Biotechnology
- Experimental Hematology
- Applied Physiology and Physiopathology
- Neurophysiology
- Neurology and Neurosciences
- Human and Molecular Morphological Sciences

Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Academics, National Health Service, National and International Biotech and Pharmaceutical Companies.
Admission Board

Surname Name Institution Role e-mail
Aicardi Giorgio Università   di Bologna member
Cortelli Pietro Università   di Bologna member
Follo Matilde Y. Università   di Bologna member
Re Maria Carla Università   di Bologna member
Solaini Giancarlo Università   di Bologna member
Catani Lucia Università   di Bologna substitute
Ciani Elisabetta Università   di Bologna substitute
Flamigni Flavio Università   di Bologna substitute
Tonon Caterina Università   di Bologna substitute
Zoccoli Giovanna Università   di Bologna substitute
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: gene regulation, nuclear structure, embryogenesis, cell growth and differentiation, stem cells, neurophysiology and neuropathology, neurology, medical biotechnology, clinical pathophysiology, hematological disorders, biochemistry of tissues and organs, image analysis in vivo.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
- Teaching: PhD students must attend n.5 general seminars given by outstanding international scientists, including Nobel Laureates (in the last 2 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

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 7 research topics.

In order to synergize with the other medically-oriented PhD programmes of the University of Bologna, all of the medically-oriented phD programmes will organise at least 1 common general seminar per year.
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 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).
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. 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.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
AICARDI GIORGIO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
ALESSANDRI   BONETTI GIULIO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BALDINI NICOLA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BRESCHI LORENZO Università di Bologna Professore straordinario
BUDA ROBERTO EMANUELE   CESARE Università di Bologna Professore Associato
CARELLI VALERIO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
CIANI ELISABETTA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
COCCO LUCIO ILDEBRANDO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
CORTELLI PIETRO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
FATTORI PATRIZIA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
FOLLO MATILDE YUNG Università di Bologna Professore Associato
LIGUORI ROCCO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
LODI RAFFAELE Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
MANZOLI LUCIA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
MARTELLI ALBERTO MARIA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
PLAZZI GIUSEPPE Università di Bologna Professore Associato
PRATI CARLO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
RE MARIA CARLA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
SUH PANN-GHILL Ulsan National   Insitute of Science and Technology Professore di Univ.Straniera 
TADDEI PAOLA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
TALLINI GIOVANNI Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
TONON CATERINA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
TREVISANI FRANCO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario