Converging Technologies for Biomolecular Systems (TeCSBI)

The PhD Course in Converging Technologies for Biomolecular Systems (TeCSBi) aims to provide doctoral students with the scientific and professional tools necessary to address biological and chemical challenges using multidisciplinary approaches. These new professional figures will play a pivotal role in future academic and industrial innovation

Distinctive Features of TeCSBi

  • Advanced training and collaboration with industries through specific projects focused on joint activities with companies.
  • Internationalization through tight and fruitful collaborations with international research centres and universities, agreements with relevant PhD courses and joint PhD programs. 
  • RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation): the industrial and industrially-oriented PhD projects are conceived following the RRI principles, therefore an initial evaluation of viability and sustainability is carried out together with sponsors, consortia and national and international institutions.


Director: Prof.ssa Paola Branduardi

Deputy Director: Prof.ssa Marina Lotti

Organizational secretary: Dr. Isabella Mauri –

Objectives and research areas

The educational goal is to train PhD students to become professionals enabled in the so-called T-skills, where specific and deep knowledge (vertical skill) is combined with an open vision and wide competences (horizontal skills), resulting in the ability to be active members of multidisciplinary teams. Accordingly, students will be trained not only to master specific scientific knowledge, but also skills related to entrepreneurship and public engagement.

Research projects focus on three main pillars:

  • Systems and molecular approaches for the study of complex biological functions
  • Synthetic biology, bio-organic chemistry and green chemistry
  • Bioprospecting, management and valorization of natural resources
Teaching activities

The education of PhD students will be mainly, even if not exclusively, a training on fundamental and applied science based on the development of a personal research project leaded by the student but advised by a Supervisor that will care not only to the specialized training but also to the acquisition of soft skills.

The PhD courses, together with the seminars, Summer Schools and all the other training activities will be in English language.

The unified PhD School will provide with interdisciplinary courses, some of which are intended to put the basis for the development of a complete professional profile, including courses on Grant proposal submission and Paper writing. Moreover, these courses are intended to provide the students with the soft skills require both in academic and in industrial environment.

In addition to the specific and personal research activity and the course offered by the School, there is a program specifically developed year by year from the TeCSBi Board. The Annual PhD Conference represents one of the key training event, where students are directly involved not only in scientific activities but also in organizing get-together events among students and between students and invited speakers, or round table with the different PIs.

Courses are coordinated by the member of the PhD program, promoting the participation of experts in the different fields and favouring the collaboration at local and international level (as, for example, by the ITN Marie Curie actions). The numerous and stable collaborations with many and different Research Centres will ensure the possibility to allocate the PhD students for limited period of mobility that will further enlarge their experience and competences.

Finally, many members of the PhD program are actively involved in the organization of Master, Summer School and Outreach and Dissemination events (as, for example, Meet me Tonight, and specific program of science communication and public engagement with Museums). PhD students will be offered to share and participate to these events and courses.

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by Scuola di dottorato, last updated on 14/05/2020