PhD Program

 
PhD program in Life, Environmental and Drug Sciences

COORDINATOR
Prof. Enzo Tramontano

SCIENTIFIC AREAS
05 – BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES;
03 – CHEMICAL SCIENCES;
06 – MEDICAL SCIENCES;

PLACE
Department of Life and Environmental Sciences

LENGTH
3 years

The PhD program involves 38 professors (21 of biological areas, 16 of chemical areas, 1 of medical area) with multidisciplinary expertise in: biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, virology for the Biomedical areas; anthropology, comparative anatomy, ecology and zoology for the environmental area; organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutical technologies for the drug development area.

The PhD program is organized in 3 curricula:

  1. Biomedical, in which the students will acquire competences in biochemistry, genetics and microbiology;
  2. Human and Animal Biology and Ecology, in which the students will acquire competences in anthropology, comparative anatomy, ecology and zoology;
  3. Drug Sciences, in which the students will acquire competences in organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutical technologies.

With respect to the first year of the program, students of all the three curricula will have to:

  • Possess a systematic understanding of a research theme in one of the above described investigational areas;
  • Master the analysis of biological and environmental phenomena and pharmaceutical problems by scientific methodologies and advances technologies currently used in the above described investigational areas;
  • Deal with problems in the above described investigational areas learning to ask questions scientifically relevant;
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceive, design, implement and perform experimental approaches to answer the identified questions.

With respect to the first year of the program, students of the different curricula will have the following learning objectives:

At the end of the PhD program the student must be able to:

  • Perform independent research activities in one of the following fields: animal biology, biochemistry, ecology, genetics, human biology, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutical technology, pharmacology, physiology, virology;
  • Have a systematic knowledge and understanding of a research area in one of the above investigational fields;
  • Analyze, with wide and deep perception, biological and environmental phenomena and pharmaceutical problems by scientific methodologies and advances technologies currently used in the above d
    escribed investigational areas;
  • Deal with problems in the above described investigational areas learning to ask questions scientifically relevant;
  • Conceive, design and perform experimental approaches to answer the identified questions;
  • Give a scientific original contribution in a research area within the above described investigational fields, showing to have acquired capacities of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, adequate to the biological and chemical system complexities;
  • Communicate the results of research, in both written and oral forms, to peers as well as to the national/international academic community
  • Interact with academic, technological and professional environments
  • Promote within academic and professional contexts, technological, social and cultural advancement in a knowledge based society.

The PhD students, at the end of the program, will obtain high competences in one of the above described investigational areas, a complete judgment autonomy, an adequate communication skill, a high ability to learn new information and apply new technologies to one of the listed research areas.

Therefore they will be able to:

  • Perform research activities in academia and research centers;
  • Perform research activities in companies focused on biomedical, environmental and drug development activities;
  • Perform promotion and developmental activities regarding innovation technologies, new technology design and management in biomedical, environmental and drug development fields;
  • Perform professional activities related to:
    1. the study and understanding of biological phenomena at molecular, genetic and microbiologic level;
    2. the regulated and incremental use of biotic resources in the environmental field;
    3. the design and development of new molecules and release systems in the pharmaceutical field;
  • Perform advice activities in biomedical, environmental and pharmaceutical fields;
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