The 3-yr Ph.D. Course in Biosciences is the doctoral program of the Biology Department of the University of Padova, and it is therefore the best choice program for prospective students with a fellowship from the China Scholarship Council willing to obtain a Ph.D. title in biological disciplines in Padova. The University of Padova is ranked first in Italy for the research quality in Biological Sciences and its Biology Department is one of the top-rated in the country.
The Course offers teaching and research activities in a broad spectrum of fields of biology and is organized in four curricula: Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Cell Biology and Physiology, Evolution, Ecology and Conservation and Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics. The PhD will perform research activity under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Research can be conducted in the labs of the Biology Department and at the Botanical Garden in Padova and, in Chioggia, at our Marine Station located on the Venice lagoon.
Available lines of research cover several topics of biology, ranging from basic to applied research, and are performed both in model organisms in laboratory and in non-model organisms in the field. All the different levels of biological organization, from molecules to individuals and from cells to ecosystems, are covered. The Ph.D. program promotes the integration of different disciplines including biochemistry, bioinformatics, molecular biology, cellular biology, developmental biology, genetics, botany, plant biology, zoology, animal anatomy, physiology, anthropology, eco-toxicology, ecology, evolutionary biology, philosophy and history of biology. The inter disciplinary competences offered by the Ph.D. Course allow the establishment of lines of research with direct socio-economic impact such as, for example, in modeling and investigating mechanisms of diseases, in developing of novel energy production tools with biofuel, in the monitoring of invasive species and conservation genetics, and in fishery management.
Our group of 35 faculties has a distinguished scientific productivity, with an average of 22 publications for member in the past 5 years, a total of over 32,000 citations since 2009, and a cumulative h-index of 113. A specific feature of the Ph.D. program is to help students in building their own academic carrier, as testified by the high number of publication in top journals with Ph.D. students as first or second author.
The Course is based at the Vallisneri Interdepartmental Complex, a stimulating environment that also hosts the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Molecular Medicine. The scientific community is extremely lively and multifaceted, with a large offer of Seminars, Joint programs and Plenary Lectures.
Padova is a very pleasant University town of very old traditions. The University was instituted in 1222 and the Botanical Garden, the oldest in the world, was created in 1545. This tradition continues today, with the recent inauguration of the Biodiversity Garden, that well exemplifies the mix of modern and antique typical of our city. With about 62,000 students and 200,000 residents Padova offers a very lively atmosphere and hosts a well-established community from the People’s Republic of China. The city is located 35 km from Venice and 80 from Verona and offers great cultural and recreational opportunities.
Info for applicants from the People's Republic of China: china.phd(at)unipd.it