PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences

Coordinator: Prof. Fabio Di Lisa

Vice-Coordinator: Prof. Ornella Rossetto

Drs. Marta Martini
Email: marta.martini(at)
Tel.: +39 049 827 6142
Fax: +39 049 827 6147

The Graduate School in Biomedical Sciences of the University of Padua is organized within the Department of Biomedical Sciences ( in the Interdepartmental Vallisneri Complex. The Course – which includes one Scientist from the National Research Council (CNR) Neuroscience Institute and 3 foreign Members from the United Kingdom – currently has a total of 50 Faculty whose scientific expertise covers a large spectrum of biomedical disciplines. Altogether, the School offers all the Facilities needed to perform cutting edge research in Biomedicine. Research activities of the students are mainly carried out in the Vallisneri complex but specific facilities are available at the Physiology Institute, Venetian Institute for Molecular Medicine, and Institute for Pediatric Research “Città della Speranza”.

The mission of our School is to train top-level individuals in the field of the Biomedical Sciences. Our students are expected to combine a strong basic understanding of biological processes with the application of advanced experimental techniques. Our goal is to provide our Students with a first-level education, helping them to pursue professional careers in Science. Although the major emphasis of the Program is in experimental research, we also provide ample learning opportunities through weekly Journal Clubs, dedicated Courses and a large number of Seminars which cover most aspects of the Life Sciences.

We strongly encourage foreign applicants, and all our research and teaching activities are performed in English. Over the years this has created a multicultural, multilingual community that is both stimulating and rewarding for Students and Faculty. We are actively involved in making our PhD Program appealing and competitive with the best Centers in the world. Most of our Faculty has trained in top Institutions in Europe and the USA, and their superb publication record speaks of dedication to Science and success in fund raising and research management. In recent years, we made an effort to increase the number of applicants from abroad as well as from Italian Universities other than Padova.

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Research Topics

The PhD course includes a variety of themes, reflecting the richness and diversity of our scientific environment.

Specific lines pursued by students in the last five cycles include: Autonomic Control of Cardiac Function; cAMP and Ca2+ Signalling in Neurodegeneration; Chaperones in Muscle Differentiation and Disease; Computational and Molecular Interactomics; Extracellular matrix Pathobiology and Tissue Engineering; Inflammation and Immunity; Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration: Prion Disorders, Alzheimer Diseases, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Mitochondria in Cell Death and Cancer; Mitochondrial Ca2+ Signalling; Muscle Contractility and Plasticity; Nanoparticles and Peptides in Biomedicine; Neuron-glia Interaction and Epilepsy; Neurotoxins, Neuroparalysis and Regeneration; Oxidative Metabolism in Cardiac Disease; Oxidative Stress and Thiol Redox Regulation; Pathophysiology of Striated Muscle; Phosphorylation Signalling in Health and Disease; Protein Crystallography and Engineering; Regulation of the Mitochondrial Proteome; Signaling pathways that control protein homeostasis in muscle.

These topics cover several aspects of basic biomedical science and many of them have a high translational potential that make our students capable to approach a wide range of research fields after their PhD.

Padova is a pleasant University town of old traditions (the University was established in 1222). Our campus is conveniently located at walking distance from the train station and the city center. With about 62,000 students and 200,000 residents Padova offers a very lively atmosphere and many cultural opportunities, and has great traditions for hospitality. International applicants are very welcome, and this includes qualified individuals from developing Countries.