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The research activity of the Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology embraces the full wealth of modern Life sciences ranging from Biology to Biomedical Sciences, from Pharmaceutical Sciences to Biotechnology. The main research and teaching activities spans three wide-ranging distinct areas: biochemistry and molecular mechanisms of disease; evolutionary biology and ecology; pharmacology, pharmaceutical technology and chemistry for health-related products, including natural products.

Most of the research activities are carried out in collaboration with international groups and European research networks with the participation of both Master Degree and PhD students who spend a period abroad during their thesis. Several research activities have been considered in technology transfer activities, including patent applications and spin-off proposals. In particular, some specific research goals, related to the main topics are described below:

Cell and developmental biology

  • animal morphophysiology;
  • immunological biomarkers to assess environmental stress;
  • integrative systems biology;
  • neurophysiology & biophysics;
  • oxidative stress group;


Ecosystems and the environment

  • agro-ecosystem management;
  • coastal lagoons and marine ecology;
  • ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation;
  • freshwater ecology;
  • general and applied ecology;
  • parassitology in aquatic ecosystems;


Evolutionary biology

  • behavioral biology;
  • chronobiology;
  • conservation genetics;
  • population genetics and genomics;


Molecular mechanisms of disease

  • biochemistry and pharmacogenomics;
  • genetics of complex human diseases;
  • infection, immunology and inflammation;
  • molecular and applied microbiology;
  • molecular biology of haemoglobinopathies;
  • molecular and cellular pathology;
  • pharmacology;


Molecular Plant and Microbial Systems

  • plant cytophysiology;
  • plant ecology;
  • plant molecular biology;
  • plant physiology and biochemistry;


Pharmaceutical technology and chemistry for health-related products

  • design and development of drug delivery systems;
  • development of biomaterials and biotech products;
  • development of novel functional ingredients for applications to the nutritional, cosmetic and pharmaceutical fields;
  • history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals;
  • neuropharmacology and neuroscience;
  • pharmaceutical biology