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Info 2024/2025

Duration 2 years
CFU 120
Class LM-6
Classe delle lauree magistrali in BIOLOGIA (BIOLOGY)
Access Free access
Locations GENOVA
Language Italian
Teaching mode Tradizionale
Head of programme STEFANO VANIN
Taxes and fees From 0 to 3,000 a year. Find out if you qualify for grants ed exemptions
Student exchange International destinations and partners
Contacts Read more here
Information about this Course for previous years is available here BIOLOGIA MOLECOLARE E SANITARIA 9015

The course in brief


Through an interdisciplinary training strategy, graduates in Applied and Experimental Biology can provide scientifically and professionally comprehensive answers to a wide range of biological problems through the use of modern laboratory techniques and methods of analysis and interpretation of results. The course includes three curricula: biosanitary, foods and nutrition, and forensic, with educational tracks geared toward the specific fields of activity.

Learning by doing

The course of study provides a solid theoretical and practical preparation, the latter achieved through advanced teaching labs, characterized by the active participation of students on exercises drawn from real cases and problems. Seminar activities are planned, held both by course instructors and by Italian and foreign scholars and professionals, managers, and laboratory directors, which enable students to deepen and broaden the topics under study both applicable to the world of research and the profession.

Professional outlets

Graduates are able to work in both basic research laboratories and the health, food, and forensic sectors, possessing a thorough knowledge of instrumental methodology, analytical instruments, and techniques for data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation. For example: pharmaceutical industry research activities, food safety laboratory activities, expert activities for toxicological evaluations and biological tissue identification.

Did you know that.

Il nostro corso di laurea magistrale presenta tre curricula che corrispondono a tre settori in cui il Biologo può svolgere attività professionali rilevanti: Biosanitario, Alimenti e Nutrizione, e Forense. Alla fine del corso, infatti, indipendentemente dal curriculum seguito potrai, superato l'esame di stato, iscriverti all'Ordine dei Biologi (ONB).
Il curriculum "Biosanitario" approfondisce discipline in ambito biomedico e biomolecolare e permette di acquisire le più moderne tecniche in uso nei laboratori di ricerca biomedica e nei laboratori di analisi cliniche.
Il curriculum "Alimenti e Nutrizione" approfondisce le discipline relative alle caratteristiche degli alimenti, ai meccanismi della nutrizione e della prevenzione delle malattie ad essa correlate e quelle relative alla sicurezza alimentare.
Il curriculum "Forense" affronta diverse tematiche della biologia applicabili in un contesto di legge. Questo affascinante campo utilizza conoscenze, tecniche e strumenti investigativi che riguardano i crimini contro la persona, la fauna, l'ambiente nonché le frodi ed i traffici illegali.
Ogni anno parteciperai a delle attività maggiormente legate al mondo del lavoro con workshop, seminari, attività pratiche tenute da docenti universitari e professionisti nei vari settori della biologia caratteristici di questo corso di studi.


An integrated view of biological processes: from cells to organisms, through the tools of experimental research, for the improvement of health and society.

The degree program in Applied and Experimental Biology will provide you with a high level of mastery of the scientific method of inquiry, making you capable of working with broad autonomy and taking responsibility for projects and facilities. Through significant experimental activity in the laboratory, you will have the opportunity to acquire the cultural tools and capacity for critical analysis necessary not only to carry out research activities but also to apply knowledge in the different contexts of life and society in which we live.

In particular, the training you will receive will enable you to work, with specific skills, in activities of promotion, development and management of scientific innovation in the fields of biomedical disciplines, industry, public and private health care, at scientific research institutions and foundations, also in accordance with current regulations.

Three curricula to choose from


The master's degree program in Applied and Experimental Biology offers three curricula: Biosanitary, Foods and Nutrition, and Forensic.

The "Biosanitary" curriculum provides for the acquisition of advanced scientific knowledge of the pathogenetic mechanisms underlying the main diseases of Man as well as the application of the main diagnostic methodologies, aimed at developing a critical view of science that also enables the design and development of research projects. This path is achieved through characterizing activities in the areas of anatomy, physiology, medical biotechnology, human genetics, pathophysiology and laboratory medicine.

In the first year you will study:

  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Biotechnology and molecular genetics: biomedical biotechnology and human molecular genetics
  • Cellular and developmental biology
  • Human Physiology
  • Special Pharmacology

In the second year, which will be activated in yr 2021-2022, you will instead address the following subjects:

  • Hygiene
  • Laboratory Medicine: clinical biochemistry and clinical pathology
  • Pathology and pathophysiology

The "Food and Nutrition" curriculum provides for the acquisition of advanced scientific training at the cellular, molecular, and biochemical levels of food, the mechanisms of nutrition, and the prevention of related diseases. This training is achieved through characterizing activities in the fields of nutrition, biomolecular, biomedical, in the fields of applied biology in the areas of food toxicology and food science and technology.

In the first year you will study:

  • Statistics
  • Food Chemistry
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Biochemistry of nutrition
  • Human physiology and nutrition
  • Food biotechnology
  • Food toxicology
  • Nutrition Hygiene

In the second year, which will be activated in yr 2021-2022, you will instead take the following subjects:

  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Food Hygiene and Safety
  • Pathology and pathophysiology
  • Food safety management systems
  • Food product analysis and legislation

The "Forensic curriculum provides for the acquisition of advanced skills in the field of human, animal and plant biology, focused on application in forensic contexts such as violent crimes against people and animals, fraud, illegal species trade and crimes against natural heritage and the environment. Specifically, human biology skills will be obtained through characterizing activities in the areas of genetics, anatomy, anthropology, toxicology and histology, and environmental skills through microbiology, botany, mycology and zoology.

In the first year you will study:

  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic genetics
  • Human Physiology
  • Toxicology
  • Forensic Cytology and Histology

In the second year, which will be activated in yr 2021-2022, you will instead tackle the following subjects:

  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Forensic epidemiology
  • Forensic pathology
  • Botany and Forensic Mycology
  • Entomology and Forensic Zooology


11158_Stefano Vanin
Welcome to the new Bachelor of Science in Applied and Experimental Biology! This degree aims to train the "Biologist of the Present and Future" who is able to face, with theoretical knowledge and practical experience, the challenges that our time poses to the profession of biology, in scientific research and its application. Events in recent years have highlighted: 1. how important it is to understand the biology, modes of transmission, and pathogenetic mechanisms of diseases in order to prevent their spread or to develop effective therapies; 2. how proper nutrition and food quality are crucial for maintaining health and preventing disease; and 3. how the contribution of biological knowledge plays a key role in the resolution of important court cases.

Stephen Vanin

Where we are

The course takes place mainly at:

Department of Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences - DISTAV
Corso Europa 26
16132 Genova

Some lectures and/or labs take place at:

Department of Physics - DIFI
Via Dodecaneso 33
16146 Genova

Department of Health Sciences - DISSAL
Via Pastore 1
16132 Genoa

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