Bioengineering
Laurea magistrale

Summary in English

Summary

The degree program aims at training engineering professionals who are capable of operating in numerous application, research and innovation domains in the medical-biological field, which naturally require inter-disciplinary skills.

You will achieve knowledge and skills that are applicable in different domains: neuro-technologies, rehabilitation and assistive technologies, cybernetic and bio-inspired systems, biomaterials, engineered tissues and cells, medical instruments and diagnostic systems, clinical engineering, health information systems, e-health and m-health.

Learning by doing

The course combines lectures with:

  • lab activities and development of projects on cutting-edge areas, often in collaboration with external institutions
  • internships in research labs, clinical facilities and rehabilitation centers
  • seminars and supplementary courses taught by industry professionals

Career perspectives

In the industrial sector, a bioengineer develops medical and surgical devices, in-vitro diagnostic systems and healthcare technologies.

Many bioengineers find employment in innovative start-ups and some become entrepreneurs themselves.

In clinical facilities, research institutes and rehabilitation centers, bioengineers can manage technical services and diagnostic laboratories.

A significant fraction of graduates enrolls in PhD programs.

Did you know that...

  • About 40% of students carry out their thesis work in companies or research institutions outside the university. About 25% are carried out abroad
  • The Degree Program in Biomedical engineering of the University of Genoa was, together with that of the Polytechnic of Milan, the first to be established in Italy, in 1995

Contents

Interdisciplinarity as a key to innovation

Application of new technologies and new scientific discoveries requires a dialogue between different disciplines. The Master's degree program in Bioengineering helps to develop a distinctly intersectoral, multidisciplinary attitude, naturally aimed at innovation.

The degree program aims at consolidating physical, mathematical and engineering skills and knowledge in the life sciences field, and to provide specialistic skills in the area of bioengineering.

You will learn to describe, simulate and analyze systems and signals of interest for medicine and biology. You will learn about biomaterials, devices and instrumentation for diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation and the molecular, cellular and cognitive basis of human perception and behavior. You will learn about the organization of patient management and assistance structures, the information systems used in them and the related ethical implications.

A multi-purpose professional with a solid technical-biological background

The course is aimed at graduates in Biomedical Engineering or in other Industrial and Information Engineering fields, but is also accessible to graduates from the various sectors of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences.

The development of personal skills and abilities will be expressed especially during thesis work, to which the last semester is almost entirely dedicated.

The course will also provide you with an ability to relate and interact with professionals with a variety of skills and cultural backgrounds.

The course is organized into two tracks. Each track offers two curricula:

The nervous system in both normal and pathological conditions is a central in modern bioengineering as a field of study, from both the application - just think of prostheses, rehabilitation, humanoid robotics - and the methodological point of view, as it requires a multi-level approach, ranging from genes to neurons to cognitive and behavioral mechanisms, with contributions from various disciplines.

The main fields of application include: (i) experimental and analytical technologies and methods to study the human brain and neuronal populations; (ii) tools and assays for neuro-pharmacology and neuro-toxicology; (iii) rehabilitation and assistive technologies, based on neural interfaces and advanced human-machine interfaces; and (iv) artificial systems capable of emulating human sensory, motor and cognitive functions.

This track aims to train professionals able to translate advances in neuroscience into the development of advanced technologies for the study of the brain and for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neurological and cognitive disorders.

We offer two curricula, one more oriented to neural technologies and the other more to rehabilitation applications (rehabilitation, assistance, prostheses).

  • The Neuroengineering and Neurotechnologies curriculum (T1C1) focuses on the study of the molecular, cellular and computational basis of neuron population dynamics, related instrumentation and analysis and modeling techniques, also through the construction of biomorphic or neuromorphic artifacts.

    This path will provide an in-depth knowledge of the technologies for neuro-electronic interfaces and neural and myoelectric control prostheses, as well as of the technologies and design methodologies for the construction of machines, systems and services capable of learning and adapting to the environment according to mechanisms inspired by biology.

  • The Rehabilitation Engineering and Interaction Technologies curriculum (T1C2) provides skills related to the study of perception and sensorimotor control and the use of information technologies to improve the quality of life of people with neuro-motor and cognitive disabilities.

    This path will focus on the tools and the technologies for the evaluation of impairment, the promotion of recovery and/or the replacement of sensory, motor and cognitive functions that may be compromised due to direct or indirect alterations of the nervous system.

All courses in these curricula are offered in English.

New developments in technology and demographic changes are profoundly modifying medicine which, compared to the model traditionally centered on the symptomatic treatment of acute diseases, is increasingly evolving towards a modality centered on identifying the individual risks of developing diseases on the basis of genetic profiles and other personal information (prediction); methods and tools to avoid, reduce and monitor the risk of developing pathologies (prevention); clinical interventions based on the unique genetic, medical and environmental characteristics of each individual person (personalization); involvement of the patient in determining the therapeutic pathways (participation). These characteristics are often summarized in the term '4P medicine' (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory).

The prerequisites of personalized medicine are a diagnostic/therapeutic offer and a healthcare management model which is increasingly based on the integration and processing of large amounts of data of various types (genetics, clinical history, advanced diagnostics).

This track aims at training professionals who will contribute to this revolution, providing them with the necessary tools to develop innovative therapies, devices, services and processes to support human health from a perspective of predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory medicine.

We offer two training paths (curricula), one more focused on materials and devices and the other more on data and information technologies.

  • The Materials and devices for personalized medicine curriculum (T2C1) focuses on the application of materials technologies, cell and tissue engineering for the design and evaluation of high-tech medical-surgical devices (such as prostheses and artificial organs) and on the development of therapeutic approaches characterized by personalization of treatment and precision in administration.

  • The Information and Communication Technologies for personalized medicine curriculum (T2C2) focuses on using information technologies for diagnosis, therapy and prevention with the direct involvement of the patient in the treatment path. This includes the development of diagnostic tools and devices based on bio-imaging, bio-signals, genetic information; telemedicine, biomedical robotics, wearable devices for monitoring, prevention, treatment and assistance; the design and management of hospitals and health systems centered on the needs of the patient and on taking charge of situations of fragility.

Prospective students

Why Bioengineering?

Because you are fascinated by the technology and the functioning of the human body and, when you see the video of a person who has lost the use of a limb and controls a robotic prosthesis directly with his brain or you read about serious diseases that can be diagnosed in time to be treated thanks to devices so small that they cannot be observed even with a magnifying glass, you get excited and would like to contribute to the realization of all this.

If you have a solid technical and scientific background, the Master's degree in Bioengineering will provide you with the knowledge and tools to tackle problems related to human health and well-being, using the systematic approach of engineering.

The fields of application of bioengineering are innumerable and constantly expanding thanks to the emergence of new technologies that open up new application scenarios.

Why Genoa?

Because Bioengineering at the University of Genoa has a long history and a solid, internationally recognized scientific reputation.

Because the course already attracts dozens of students from all over Italy due to its unique track in Neuroengineering.

Courses are taught by teachers who conduct research activities in that specific field and guarantee up-to-date content and the possibility of combining lectures with demonstrations and practical laboratory activities.

Where to find us

Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and Systems Engineering - DIBRIS

Administration and Didactic Office
Viale Francesco Causa 13
16145 Genova

Classrooms, labs, and professors offices
Via All'Opera Pia 13
16145 Genova

How to reach us:
From Cristoforo Colombo Airport
From Genova Brignole train station
From Genova Piazza Principe train station
From the Genova Ovest highway exit
From the Genova Nervi highway exit

Learn more

Student Desk
Via Montallegro 1
inside Parco di Villa Cambiaso – in front of A7 Classroom
16145 Genova
+39 010 353 2148
sportello.ingegneria@unige.it

Didactic support contact
Elena Tortora
+39 010 353 2945
+39 334 1074229

For enrollment, prerequisites and study plans
Daniela Peghini
+39 010 353 6051
didattica.politecnica@dibris.unige.it