Coordinator of the PhD Program in Biosciences

Prof. Andrea Augusto Pilastro

Dipartimento di Biologia
Università degli Studi di Padova
Tel.: 049 827 6224
Fax: 049 827 6209

Our PhD students have access to first-class facilities (see also below) at the Biology Department ( and work within a friendly and vibrant international research community under the supervision of experts of the field. Research opportunities are multi-disciplinary, spanning the whole range of biological research, from the protein, cellular and molecular level to organisms and populations. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged as well as the interaction among PhD students (approx. PhD 60 students are enrolled at the Biology department), post-docs and the approx. 70 faculty members of the Department. Students have access to the funds of the PhD Course and to internal research grants to cover travel and other research expenses (e.g. conferences, consumables, microscopy and DNA sequencing services).

Certain lines of research will be carried out at the Centre for Innovative Biotechnologies (CRIBI,, the Botanical Garden of the University of Padua (, the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine in Padua ( the Marine Station of the Department of Biology, Chioggia, Italy (

Facilities at the Department of Biology include: Electron and confocal microscopy; Electron Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; Ultracentrifuges; Cell culture facilities; the Unipd Zebrafish Facility (Zebrafish line maintenance and acquisition, transient lines from DNA injection, mutant, stable transgenes, whole mount in situ hybridization, morpholino technology, microinjection, germ line transformation, mRNA injection); aquaria facilities for breeding tropical fish and Xenopus; plant growth facilities (including a T/Light-controlled greenhouse); barrier and conventional mouse facility (with more than 2000 cages); flow cytometry facility (FacsCanto and FacsCalibur); P2 viral and bacterial vector facility; Next Generation High Throughput DNA Sequencing, Gene Expression Analysis, Peptide Facility; Cluster of High Performance Computers for scientific calculus and bioinformatic analysis of Next Generation Sequencing and protein analyses and dedicated software (Opens external link in new window A library with more than 40,000 volumes is permanently (24h) accessible to PhD students and provide online access to scientific bibliographic databases (WoS, Scopus) and thousands of scientific journals.