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. Paola Branduardi
Deputy Director: Prof. Dario Pescini

Organizational secretary: Dr. Isabella Mauri – [email protected]

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

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.

All the educational activities offered are available on e-learning platform:

Besozzi Daniela Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Bonetti Diego Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Branduardi Paola Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Casiraghi Maurizio Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Chiaradonna Ferdinando Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Cipolla Laura Francesca Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Coccetti Paola Università di Milano-Bicocca  
De Gioia Luca Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Di Gennaro Patrizia Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Galimberti Andrea Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Grandori Rita Università di Milano-Bicocca  
La Ferla Barbara Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Labra Massimo Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Longhese Maria Pia Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Lotti Marina Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Mantecca Paride Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Orlandi Ivan Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Peri Francesco Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Pescini Dario Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Porro Danilo Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Prosperi Davide Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Rocchetti Marcella Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Vanoni Marco Ercole Università di Milano-Bicocca  
Bigini Paolo Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche "Mario Negri" - IRCCS  
Morrissey John University College Cork  
Nikel Pablo Ivan Center for  Biosustainability, DTU, Denmark  
Jimenez-Barbero Jesus CIC BIOGUNE, Spain  
Longhi Sonia CNRS Marseille, France  
Hinterdorfer Peter Linz University, Austria  
Martin William Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany  
Pandit Abhay Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), Ireland  
Rancati Giulia Roche Basel, Switzerland  
Windericxk Joris Leuven University, Belgium
by Scuola di dottorato, last updated on 22/06/2022