PhD in Biomedical Sciences


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PhD in biomedical sciences is a course dedicated to graduates in scientific disciplines (for example biology, physics and engineering) with an interest in basic and applied research to disease, and to graduated in Medicine who choose the postgraduate doctoral training with the intent to acquire skills in the context of translational research. The training in this PhD program is intended to improve knowledge and skills required for understanding functional and pathological mechanisms using a multi-scale approach (molecular, cellular, systemic) and includes courses in mathematics, biophysics, computer science, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology and therapy.


Biochemistry track:

  • Biochemical and immunologic characterization of bacterial proteins, their role in infective process and possible vaccinal use; molecular bases of diseases associated to aging and amyloidosis;
  • Analysis of connective matrix in normal and pathological conditions; proteins of biomedical interest: functional and structural studies; biochemical mechanisms of platelet function;
  • Biochemistry of human red blood cells; biochemical mechanisms of platelet production; pathogenetic mechanisms of diseases related to protein-misfolding: disease biochemical markers.

Pharmacology track:

  • Receptor pathology, metabolism and cellular kinetic study; environmental toxicology; gastrointestinal pharmacology; clinical pharmacology of active drugs on the central nervous system;
  • Antineoplastic drugs pharmacology; transplant pharmacology; pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics of active drugs on the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal system;
  • Pharmacology and molecular mechanisms associated to neurodegenerative diseases;
  • Environmental effects on the immune system; Pharmacology of the signaling transduction systems in the neurologic, oncologic and immune system diseases.

Physiology track:

  • Molecular and cellular physiology of the nervous system; cellular communication and plasticity in the cerebral circuits;
  • physiology and biophysics of sensory, motor and cognitive functions; cellular communication in the cardiovascular system;
  • physiology of the skeletal and cardiac muscles; physiology of the gastrointestinal system.

Neuroscience track:

  • Neurobiology, neuroendocrinology and functional neurology;
  • neurophysiopatology; neuroepidemiology and research methodology;
  • general neurology;
  • child neuropsychiatry;
  • physiopathology, diagnosis and therapy of primary cephalalgia and adaptive disorders;
  • neurodegenerative diseases, brain aging and dementia.

Medicine track:

Disciplines within the medical sciences (cardiology, hematology, pediatrics, neurology/psychiatry); Translational issues with focused approach to the study of the molecular and cellular basis of disease


More info: PhD program of the University of Pavia

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