Ph.D. Course in Biology and Applied Sciences - XXXVII Cycle 


The Ph.D. Program in Biology and Applied Sciences of the University of Molise aims at training advanced scientific and technological skills able to carry out autonomous and interdisciplinary research in the field of biology and safety of infrastructure and information, developing and integrating advanced tools for analysis and processing of data. Particular attention is paid to the education of the student to develop strategies of analysis and solution of complex problems to be applied both in fundamental and applied research. The course is divided into two curricula: - Biology: aims at training highly qualified professionals with an interdisciplinary preparation able of designing and autonomously carrying out basic and applied research in the context of the various biological systems. The research topics concern microbial, animal and plant organisms and include their study at cellular, molecular and morpho-functional level. - Applied Sciences: aims at training professionals able to autonomously design and carry out research in scientific fields characterized by high levels of interdisciplinarity by using quantitative methods. Researches are in the field of information sciences, structural and environmental monitoring technologies by exploiting the integration of numerical analysis techniques, optimization methods, data and knowledge management, software engineering and IT security and structural and geotechnical engineering.
Teaching activities
The educational path of the Doctoral Course in Biology and Applied Sciences provides for the acquisition of 180 ECTS which include 120 ECTS of research activities and 60 ECTS of frontal activities. The research represents primary training and consists in the carrying out of a research project within the topics covered by the doctoral curricula. The research project is assigned by the teaching staff within three months of the start of the course and will be carried out under the guidance of a tutor. To promote the development of students' critical skills and encourage strong cultural consolidation, the Ph.D. program includes 60 ECTS which can be acquired through:  
  • participation in seminars, courses, cycles of lectures organized as part of the doctoral activities. The Academic Board annually prepares the calendar of the cycles of lectures, workshops and seminars. The calendar of the activity is published in the teaching structure section
  • the presentation of the experimental results in national and international workshops, congresses and conferences
  • a training period abroad or outside the primary working space under an agreement between the tutor, doctoral student and coordinator.
  For admission to the final exam for graduation, it is strongly suggested that doctoral students should have at least one submitted publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Reports at scientific conferences, workshops, thematic sessions of international and national congresses, software and patents are further evaluable products and represent the output expected from the research activities of doctoral students.
Occupational and professional opportunities
The Ph.D. Program in Biology and Applied Sciences intends to train researchers, research managers and highly qualified professionals with skills in the design and management of research, analysis and monitoring activities in public and private companies, in national and international organizations and institutions. Field of interests could be:
  • recovery, conservation, monitoring and characterization of biodiversity;
  • study of the interaction mechanisms between plant organisms and the environment;
  • use of plants and microorganisms in environmental recovery and remediation;
  • study of the cellular mechanisms underlying certain human pathologies;
  • analysis of the response of healthy or pathological human cell models to treatment with molecules of natural and/or synthetic origin;
  • design and development of complex and secure software systems;
  • design of decision support systems based on machine learning techniques and optimization methods both exact and based on meta-heuristics;
  • analysis and design of mathematical models for image analysis and for modeling and numerical solution of complex equation systems;
  • diagnostics, monitoring and testing;
  • security of IT and technological infrastructures;
  • safety of civil structures and infrastructures
Internationalization of the doctorate
The internationalization strategy of the Ph.D. program is promoted through:
  • a strongly recommended training and research period abroad of at least 6 months for our students;
  • the presence in the teaching staff of members from foreign universities;
  • the possibility of attributing the Doctor Europeaus label;
  • the participation in international projects;
  • the collaborations and international contacts of the members of the Board;
  • the attraction of foreign graduates through the maximum diffusion, also at an international level, of the competition notice and places reserved for candidates with qualifications acquired abroad.
  • The common use of the English languages in the specific teaching activities, in the internal meetings, and the whole communication flux between the board members and the students.
Teaching structure
The educational path of the Doctoral Course in Biology and Applied Sciences is based on an articulated disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching activity aimed at offering the students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills and facilitate the acquisition of 60 credits of frontal activities. The training course includes five mandatory courses for all doctoral students:
  • Advanced English;
  • Technical writing and public speaking;
  • Analysis and visualization of experimental data;
  • Funding for European research and planning;
  • Research results and intellectual property.
For more information click here. In addition, as a part of the training structure, there is the opportunity for the students to follow "packages" of courses (complete or partial) offered by the University of Molise or other Universities to acquire specific skills and competencies closely linked to their project. In addition to pre-established teaching packages, the student has the opportunity to acquire CFU by building his own "training packages"; the choice of these personalized training courses must be suitably motivated and subject to acceptance by the Doctoral College. Specific learning activities are going to be organized in the framework of the Biology and Applied Science doctorate.
Lecturer Course Date Suggested for ECDS
Antonia BRUNO Environmental DNA: a new powerful tool for monitoring biodiversity 2nd quarter 2022 Biology 4
Antonio BUCCI – Dalila TRUPIANO Microorganisms and plants for bioremediation 1st quarter 2022 Biology 4
Massimina CASTIGLIA Principles of modeling and output exploitation 2nd quarter 2022 All 3
Antimo CUTONE Industrial biotechnology for the production of recombinant proteins Nov. 2021 Biology 3
Fabio DIVINO Advanced in generalized linear models with R Jun-Jul 2021 All TBD
Silvia FABBROCINO Groundwater as an environmental issue 4th quarter 2021 All TBD
Stefania FABOZZI Tunnels in seismic area 3rd quarter 2022 Applied Science 3
Mirko DI FEBBRARO R basics course   All 4
Adolfo FORIERO Numerical analysis in geotechnical engineering 1st quarter 2022 Applied Science TBD
Priyanka GHOSH Limit analysis and slip line method in geomechanics 4th quarter 2021 Applied Science 3
Giovanni LANZANO Principle of engineering seismology 4th quarter 2021 Applied Science TBD
Raffaella GIOVA Differential Equations 1st quarter 2022 All 4
Gennaro MAGLIULO Seismic verification and qualification of nonstructural elements Sept. 2021 Applied Science 2
Stefano RICCIARDI Machine vision: from image capture to pattern recognition Sept. 2021 All 4
Simone SCALABRINO Design and execution of empirical studies Jul 2021 All 2
Gabriella SFERRA Effective science communication: basic writing and communication techniques for doctoral students. May 2021 All 2
Pierangela TOTTA Stem cells applied research: a new frontier in medical science Oct 2021 Biology 2
Board members (XXXVII cycle)
Luigi AMBROSONE University of Molise Department of Medicine and Health Sciences Italy
Giuliano ANTONIOL École Polytechnique de Montréal Department of Computer Engineering and Software Engineering Canada
Maria Giovanna CHINI University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Sabrina DI BARTOLOMEO Deputy Coordinator University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Paola FORTINI Rep. Biology curriculum University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Priyanka GHOSH Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Department of Civil Engineering India
Giuseppe IZZO University of Naples Federico II Department of Mathematics and Application Italy
MICHELE LANZA Università di Lugano Università della Svizzera Italiana Switzerland
Gennaro MAGLIULO University of Naples Federico II Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture Italy
Domenico MORABITO University of Orléans Biology Laboratory of Woody Plants and Field Crops France
Giovanni MUSCI University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Rocco OLIVETO Rep. Applied Science curriculum University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Carlo RAINIERI National Research Council Construction technologies institute - Naples Italy
Filippo SANTUCCI DE MAGISTRIS Coordinator University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Gabriella Stefania SCIPPA Pro-Rector for the Doctorates University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Marco SEGATTO University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Eleonora SGAMBATI University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Ilaria TRIZIO National Research Council Construction technologies institute -L'Aquila taly
Barbara TRONCARELLI University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Dalila TRUPIANO University of Molise Department of Biosciences and Territory Italy
Federica ZARRILLI University of Naples Federico II Department of Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnologies Italy
Ph.D. Students
XXXV Cycle
Name Curriculum Tutor Co-Tutor
Rosangela CASOLARE Applied Science Antonella SANTONE
Luigi CIERI Applied Science Giovanni FABBROCINO Carlo RAINIERI
Mayra COLARDO Biology Marco SEGATTO
Giusi IANIRO Biology Giovanni MUSCI
Amara Noor HUSSAIN Biology Paola FORTINI Duilio IAMONICO
Elisa PROIETTI Biology Paola FORTINI Piera DI MARZIO
Andrea RUGGIERI Applied Science Ilaria TRIZIO
Davide Donato RUSSO Applied Science Giuseppe IZZO Giovanni CAPOBIANCO
XXXVI Cycle
Name Curriculum Tutor Co-Tutor
Nicoletta BALLETTI Applied Science Rocco OLIVETO Stefano RICCIARDI
Anastazija DIMITROVA Biology Stefania SCIPPA
Stefano ERCOLESSI Applied Science Giovanni FABBROCINO Carlo RAINIERI
Martina FALCIONE Biology Dalila TRUPIANO Stefania SCIPPA
Michele GUERRA Applied Science Rocco OLIVETO Fausto FASANO
Sayyeda Hira HASSAN Biology Stefania SCIPPA Dalida TRUPIANO
Antonio MINÒ Biology Luigi AMBROSONE Francesco LOPEZ
Giovanni ROSA Applied Science Rocco OLIVETO Simone SCALABRINO
Ilenia ROSATI Applied Science Carlo RAINERI Giovanni FABBROCINO
XXXVII Cycle
Name Curriculum Tutor Co-tutor Contact person
Francesca CADONI Biology Sabrina DI BARTOLOMEO
Cristina CAVONE Biology Gino NACLERIO Antonio BUCCI Stefania SCIPPA
Giorgia DEL CIOPPO Biology Dalila TRUPIANO Simone SCALABRINO
Domenico D'ORAZIO Applied Science Rocco OLIVETO
Emanuela GUGLIELMI Applied Science Simone SCALABRINO Rocco OLIVETO
Mohamed KOUHEN Biology Dalila TRUPIANO
Noemi MARTELLA Biology Marco SEGATTO
Luca QUARANTA Biology Paola FORTINI
Alessandra RENELLA Biology Stefania SCIPPA
Miriam RUSSO Biology Sabrina DI BARTOLOMEO
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