PhD Programs


Our doctoral programs provide advanced research and professional skills to highly qualified students. Many of the programs are jointly coordinated with national and international partners and all doctoral programs offer the possibility to spend time abroad for research and internships.

 All candidates seeking to be accepted onto one of the PhD programs must undergo a formal selection process consisting in an oral examination or in an on line admission  text for students residing abroad. Previous schooling, research and publications will also be taken into consideration during the selection process. All doctoral programs at our University  last three years. For further information see the DOCTORAL CALL  and the ON LINE APPLICATION.

The payment of the registration fee (€ 20.00) can be done either by MAV or credit card.

Deadline for doctoral call application: 15 october 2013.


History of Europe



The PhD in History of Europe from the Middle Ages up to today intends to promote the research of the political, religious, cultural, economic and social transformations considering the national specificities and common process, which contribute to make so different and complex the current landscape of European societies.

Particular attention is paid to, both the critical research and follow up of the issues and problems of historiography tradition (institutions and structures, behavior, attitude, religion, culture etc.), and to the most recent tendencies  (of world history, history in general, of trans-national history and of cultural experiences).

Furthermore, attention will be paid to issues and problems concerning the research of regional dimensions of European history both from in macro-areas relationship point of view (for example between the Mediterranean Europe and the Balkan Europe and between the Mediterranean Europe and the central Europe) and comparing singular regional territories, within different contexts.

This, in order to analyze problems connected to the history of European regions, considered as complex laboratories of political, social, economic and cultural integration that have involved in the over the centuries institutional powers, religious faiths, cultures etc.

The vocation of PhD in European History is to train researchers able to interact with an international European field.

The research, therefore, aims to supply the students to a high level scientific training and have an opportunity of exchanging point of views and contacts with other professors, universities and international research centers.

The PhD students will be motivated not only by the choice of the research issues in line with the main themes of the international historiography but also by studying languages.

It will also be offered to PhD students the possibility to take part in national and international projects, in order to grant them further training experiences.

In the same way the research aims to give data and documents techniques and the application of information Technology of Historical Sciences.


prof. Francesco Benigno

Prof.ssa Francesca Gallo (


Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology



Operating within a qualified international research network and relying on modern and innovative scientific equipment, the course is aimed at providing a thorough and updated knowledge of the molecular and functional features of cells for the translational transfer of the use of cells and cell products (i.e. microvesicles, recombinant proteins, bioactives lipids, ecc.) to biomedical field applications. The research activity will be mainly addressed to the following models:

1. mammals gametes and embryos for the study of biology of reproduction and the improvement of assisted reproduction technologies;

2. fetal, adult and cancer stem cells for the study of cell differentiation and the development of innovative strategies in regenerative medicine,

3.cellular models for the study of (neuro)-inflammatory, neurodegenerative and cancer pathologies and the development of biodrugs and models for the evaluation of the bioavailability of natural and synthetic materials, vitro and in vivo models for monitoring the nutraceutical and nutrigenomic effects of food, nutrients, trace elements and xenobiotics and for the development of  nutraceutical and novel foods

5. eukaryotic/prokaryotic for recombinant proteins production

Definition of computational and systems biology predictive models and  structural and computational analysis aimed to drug design will also be preferential objects of the course.

prof. Mauro Mattioli

prof. Enrico Dainese
dott. Nicola Bernabò
prof. Annamaria Cimini
prof. Rodolfo Ippoliti

Food Science


The application for admission may be sent after the issuing of the Doctoral Call, that will be published on this web site.


The PhD is intended to cover the whole range of different aspects related to research and innovation in the  food chain, with a multidisciplinary approach. The research activity is carried out by a highly professional team of researchers with international experience. PhD students will work on   projects aimed at the rationalization  of the  management of production processes with traditional and innovative techniques, at the improvement of all the aspects of the quality of food, at the development innovative approach to control food safety, at the characterization valorization and traceability of traditional foods.       
The main research lines follows:

  • Intensive sustainable improvement of  crops for the food chain; managing and evaluation.
  • Use of agricultural biomasses as alternative source for the production of energy, hydrogen and/or gasses.
  • Sustainability and nutritional quality of aquacultures; management of ichtyofauna (of fish fauna), of zoocultures, of feeding, of genetic improvement, of breeding tecniques.
  • Design and development of food products with high health, nutritional and sensory value.
  • Effect of processes (conventional and/or innovative) in transformation or stabilization technologies on the quality of both components and food products.
  • Impact of soil microorganisms on cultivated species. Ecology, genetic, physiology and metabolism of microorganisms involved in food and beverage production.
  • Development and validation of food biopreservation technologies and strategies for prevention and control of pathogenic microorganisms in food chains.
  • Optimization of suitable methods for the evaluation of antimicrobial activity and of potential development of microorganisms.
  • Design and synthesis of sensitive catalytic or affinity materials for analytical protocols aimed to food safety and quality control.
  •  Design of (bio)sensors for Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and in Quality Control (QC).
  • Development of micro-extraction techniques, coupled with advanced chromatographic- mass spectrometric instrumentation, for innovative analytical protocols in food safety controls.
  • Evaluation of transfer mechanisms of environmental pollutants in different trophic chains, their toxic pathways and risks for humans and environment.
  • Determination of biological and chemical hazard related with production, transformation, storage and distribution of food products for accomplishing national and European rules on food safety
  • Study on food pollutants related to microhabitat. Innovative approaches for the hazard management for occupational safety in agri-food field.
  • Marketing of agri-food companies, consumer science, vertical and/or horizontal relationships among the entities operating in agri-food chains related to sustainability and rural development.


prof. Dario Compagnone

prof. Dino Mastrocola
prof. Giovanna Suzzi
prof. Michele Pisante
prof. Michele Amorena

prof. Antonello Paparella

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