Studying at the University of Verona

Here you can find information on the organisational aspects of the Programme, lecture timetables, learning activities and useful contact details for your time at the University, from enrolment to graduation.

A.A. 2015/2016

Academic calendar

The academic calendar shows the deadlines and scheduled events that are relevant to students, teaching and technical-administrative staff of the University. Public holidays and University closures are also indicated. The academic year normally begins on 1 October each year and ends on 30 September of the following year.

Academic calendar

Course calendar

The Academic Calendar sets out the degree programme lecture and exam timetables, as well as the relevant university closure dates..

Definition of lesson periods
Period From To
I semestre Oct 1, 2015 Jan 29, 2016
II semestre Mar 1, 2016 Jun 10, 2016
Exam sessions
Session From To
Sessione straordinaria Appelli d'esame Feb 1, 2016 Feb 29, 2016
Sessione estiva Appelli d'esame Jun 13, 2016 Jul 29, 2016
Sessione autunnale Appelli d'esame Sep 1, 2016 Sep 30, 2016
Degree sessions
Session From To
Sess. autun. App. di Laurea LM9 Oct 19, 2015 Oct 19, 2015
Sess. invern. 2016 Appelli di Laurea LM9 Mar 11, 2016 Mar 11, 2016
Sess. estiva App. di Laurea LM9 Jul 8, 2016 Jul 8, 2016
Sess. autun. 2016 App. di Laurea LM9 Oct 18, 2016 Oct 18, 2016
Sess. invern. 2017 App. di Laurea LM9 Mar 14, 2017 Mar 14, 2017
Period From To
Festività dell'Immacolata Concezione Dec 8, 2015 Dec 8, 2015
Vacanze di Natale Dec 23, 2015 Jan 6, 2016
Vancanze di Pasqua Mar 24, 2016 Mar 29, 2016
Anniversario della Liberazione Apr 25, 2016 Apr 25, 2016
Festa del S. Patrono S. Zeno May 21, 2016 May 21, 2016
Festa della Repubblica Jun 2, 2016 Jun 2, 2016
Vacanze estive Aug 8, 2016 Aug 15, 2016

Exam calendar

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Academic staff


Assfalg Michael +39 045 802 7949

Berton Giorgio 045 8027126

Boaretti Marzia 045 8027661

Bossi Alessandra Maria 045 802 7946 (Studio) - 045 802 7833 (Laboratorio)

Cecconi Daniela +39 045 802 7056; Lab: +39 045 802 7087

Corbo Vincenzo + 39 0458126029

Delledonne Massimo 045 802 7962; Lab: 045 802 7058

Dominici Paola 045 802 7966; Lab: 045 802 7956-7086

Fumagalli Guido Francesco 045 802 7605 (dipartimento)

Giorgetti Alejandro 045 802 7982

Krampera Mauro 0458124034

Liptak Zsuzsanna +39 045 802 7032

Lleo'Fernandez Maria Del Mar 045 8027194

Malerba Giovanni 045/8027685

Mazzariol Annarita 045 8027690
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Monaco Ugo Luigi 045 802 7903; Lab: 045 802 7907 - 045 802 7082

Montagnana Martina +39 045 812 6698

Scarpa Aldo 045 8127457

Signoretto Caterina 045 802 7195

Tagliaro Franco 045 8124618-045 8124246

Vitulo Nicola 0458027982

Study Plan

The Study Plan includes all modules, teaching and learning activities that each student will need to undertake during their time at the University. Please select your Study Plan based on your enrolment year.

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Giovanni Malerba



Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)



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II semestre dal Mar 1, 2016 al Jun 10, 2016.

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge of the principles and mechanisms of human and molecular genetics responsible for the transmission of normal and abnormal characters in humans, as well as the mode of occurrence of hereditary biological variation.

Professionalizing objectives
The course aims to provide the future doctor with the knowledge and tools necessary to be able to advise the patient and his family in presence of a genetic or hereditary disease, about the nature of the disease, its incidence, prognosis, risks recurrence, preventive options, available therapeutic and reproductive options, and of the available genetic tests, whether diagnostic, symptomatic, predictive, pre- or post-natal.
At the end of the course the student should be able to ask the appropriate questions to draw and interpret human pedigrees, distinguish different types of inheritance, request genetic tests to confirm (or exclude) a suspected genetic disease and interpret their results, knowing how to efficiently counsel patients and families about the nature of genetic disease, as well as to assess recurrence and occurrence of reproductive genetic risks (genetic counselling), indicating possible genetic and environmental causes in multifactorial diseases, enumerating the possible causes and types of gene mutation and be able to derive the frequency of the disease gene/allele frequency in populations.


General Genetics Mendel’s laws, dominance, recessivity, phenotypes and genotypes,single and double backcross, independent segregation, pedigree drawing, autosomal dominant traits, variable expression, reduced penetrance, late onset, new mutations, mosaicism, examples. Codominance. Autosomal recessive traits, carrier population frequencies, newborn screening, phenotypic complementation, examples. Consanguinity, genetic heterogeneity.

General and medical cytogenetics. Standard human karyotype, chromosome anatomy and classification. Molecular cytogenetics: Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH), Array-CGH. Chromosome anomalies, numerical and structural, frequency, balanced and unbalanced, aneuploidies, trisomies, Turner and Klinefelter syndromes, XXX, XYY, translocations, genetic reproductive risks, pericentric and paracentric inversions, Down syndrome and maternal age. Indications to perform a karyotype. Non equivalence of the maternal an paternal genomes.Uniparental diploidy, gynogenotes, androgenotes, parthenogenesis

Epigenetics. Genomic imprinting, Prader-Willi syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Uniparental Disomy (UPD): heterodisomy, isodisomy, trisomic rescue, clinical consequences of UPD. Cytogenetic pre- and post-natal diagnosis.

Clinical Genetics. Genetic counseling, pedigree drawing, genetic risks, risk estimation, reproductive options in at-risk couples.
Genetic risk calculation. Laws of probability, independent events, Bayes rule, examples. Consanguinity in genetic counseling.

Prenatal diagnosis. Indications and limits, invasive and non-invasive procedures, amniocentesis, CVS, NIPT, ccffDNA, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), AME, Advanced Maternal Age, biochemical screening.

Prenatal genetic counseling. Dismorphology, birth defects, clinical case reports.

Prevention and treatment of genetic disease. Genetic testing, symptomatic and asymptomatic testing, predictive tests. Treatment of genetic disease, non-genetic treatment: restriction, replacement, removal; somatic gene therapy, ex vivo, in vivo, antisense RNA, RNAi, genome editing; germinal gene therapy, genetic enhancement. Regenerative medicine: stem cells, cloning, bioethical and social issues.
X-linked inheritance.
X-linked recessive and dominant disease, frequencies, clinical and genetic features, recurrence risks, examples, X inactivation (Lyonization), Barr body, Y-linked traits, SRY gene, X-Y recombination in humans. Mitochondrial (mt) genome and mt inheritance. Heteroplasmy, mt diseases, mt and early aging, degenerative diseases, myocardial ischaemia.
Mutations and mutagenesis.
The genetic code and mutations. Third base wabbling, mt code, co-linearity, reading frame, overlapping genes. The mutation, definition, onset, localization, types, causes. Spontaneous vs induced mutations, physical mutagens, radiation sourses, UV light mutation mechanisms, mutation frequencies, base tautomerism, transitions, transversions, spontaneous deamination, unequal crossing-over, purine loss, gene conversion, transposition, retrotransposons, reciprocal recombination.
Unstable triplet repeat expansions.
Premutation, full mutations, the Sherman paradox, molecular analysis of the expansions, anticipation, examples: Huntington disease, Fragile X syndrome, Steinert myotonic dystrophy, SCAs: Spino Cerebellar Ataxias.
Complex (Multifactorial) disease.
Definition, genetic and envirobmental roles, diseases of civilization, methods of analysis, segregation analysis, linkage analysis, parametric and non-parametric approaches, GWAS, candidate gene approach, SNPs and genetic profiles, normal distribution of characters, quantitative traits, twin studies, dichotomous traits, birth defects, adult-onset disease, genetic susceptibility and the threshold model, predisposing factors, early diagnosis, risk modification.
Genomic scans.
Definition, study design, data quality control, imputation, significance of results, genetic risk estimation, direct and indirect association, linkage disequilibrium, rare variants, examples of association in complex disease, disease risk and prediction.
Exome, Genome, Transcriptome.
Definition and description, sequencing strategies, genetic and transcriptome profiles, advantages and limits of NGS (Next Generation Sequencing), comparison between sequencing technologies and arrays, data significance, NGS in clinical practice, incidental findings, exome/genome as tools for mendelian and complex disorders.
Bioinformatics and Genomics.
Complexities of genomic data, numerology of the human genome, the importance of bioinformatics in the “omics” genetic studies, examples, bioinformatics and data gathering, analysis and interpretation
Individual variabilityin drug response, pharmacogenetic experiments, determinants involved in drug responses, genes associated to the variability in drug response, polymorphisms in genes involved in drug metabolism and pharmacodynamics, molecular diagnostics od pharmacogenetics traits.

Supplementary educational materials will be made available during the course on this web page:


Reference texts
Author Title Publishing house Year ISBN Notes
Strachan, Goodship, Chinnery Genetics and Genomics in Medicine (Edizione 1) Garland Science - Taylor and Francis Group 2014

Examination Methods

Written test, contextual to the Molecular Biology test, including multiple-choice quiz, open questions and exercises. Subsequent oral test, subject to positive evaluation of the written tests.

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As stated in point 25 of the Teaching Regulations for the A.Y. 2021/2022, attendance is not mandatory. However, professors may require students to attend lectures for a minimum of hours in order to be able to take the module exam, in which case the methods that will be used to check attendance will be explained at the beginning of the module. 
Please refer to the Crisis Unit's latest updates for the mode of teaching.

Gestione carriere


List of theses and work experience proposals

theses proposals Research area
Studio delle proprietà di luminescenza di lantanidi in matrici proteiche Synthetic Chemistry and Materials: Materials synthesis, structure-properties relations, functional and advanced materials, molecular architecture, organic chemistry - Colloid chemistry
Stampa 3D di nanocompositi polimerici luminescenti per applicazioni in Nanomedicina Synthetic Chemistry and Materials: Materials synthesis, structure-properties relations, functional and advanced materials, molecular architecture, organic chemistry - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles
3D-bioprinting biofabrication laboratory Various topics
Organ on-a-chip Various topics

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