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.

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, 2020 Jan 29, 2021
II semestre Mar 1, 2021 Jun 11, 2021
Exam sessions
Session From To
Sessione invernale d'esame Feb 1, 2021 Feb 26, 2021
Sessione estiva d'esame Jun 14, 2021 Jul 30, 2021
Sessione autunnale d'esame Sep 1, 2021 Sep 30, 2021
Degree sessions
Session From To
Sessione estiva di laurea Jul 16, 2021 Jul 16, 2021
Sessione autunnale di laurea Oct 11, 2021 Oct 11, 2021
Sessione autunnale di laurea - Dicembre Dec 6, 2021 Dec 6, 2021
Sessione invernale di laurea Mar 9, 2022 Mar 9, 2022
Period From To
Festa dell'Immacolata Dec 8, 2020 Dec 8, 2020
Vacanze Natalizie Dec 24, 2020 Jan 3, 2021
Epifania Jan 6, 2021 Jan 6, 2021
Vacanze Pasquali Apr 2, 2021 Apr 5, 2021
Festa del Santo Patrono May 21, 2021 May 21, 2021
Festa della Repubblica Jun 2, 2021 Jun 2, 2021
Vacanze estive Aug 9, 2021 Aug 15, 2021

Exam calendar

Exam dates and rounds are managed by the relevant Science and Engineering Teaching and Student Services Unit.
To view all the exam sessions available, please use the Exam dashboard on ESSE3.
If you forgot your login details or have problems logging in, please contact the relevant IT HelpDesk, or check the login details recovery web page.

Exam calendar

Should you have any doubts or questions, please check the Enrollment FAQs

Academic staff


Artegiani Elisa

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Assfalg Michael

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Avesani Linda

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Ballottari Matteo

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Bassi Roberto

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Bellin Diana

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Bolzonella David

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Broccanello Chiara

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Buffelli Mario Rosario

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Castellini Alberto

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Cazzaniga Stefano

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Cecconi Daniela

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Chignola Roberto

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Chiurco Carlo

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Commisso Mauro

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Crimi Massimo

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Dall'Osto Luca

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Delledonne Massimo

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Dominici Paola

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Favretto Filippo

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Felis Giovanna

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Fiammengo Roberto

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Frison Nicola

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Furini Antonella

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Giorgetti Alejandro

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Gonzato Guido

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Gregorio Enrico

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Guardavaccaro Daniele

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Guzzo Flavia

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Lampis Silvia

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Malvezzi Campeggi Flaminia

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Mazzi Giulio

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Munari Francesca

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Nardon Chiara

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Pandolfini Tiziana

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Piccinelli Fabio

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Polverari Annalisa

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Radicchi Eros

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Romeo Alessandro

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Speghini Adolfo

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Torriani Sandra

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Ugel Stefano

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Vettori Andrea

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Vitulo Nicola

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Zaccone Claudio

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Zapparoli Giacomo

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Zenoni Sara

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Zipeto Donato

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Zivcovich Franco

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Zoccatelli Gianni

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Zorzi Margherita

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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 enrollment year.

English B1 level

Legend | Type of training activity (TTA)

TAF (Type of Educational Activity) All courses and activities are classified into different types of educational activities, indicated by a letter.

S Placements in companies, public or private institutions and professional associations

Teaching code





Paola Dominici



Also offered in courses:

The teaching is organized as follows:





Primo semestre

Academic staff

Paola Dominici





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Academic staff

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Learning outcomes

Biochemistry is a branch of life sciences which deals with the study of chemical reactions and their organization in living cells and organisms. It takes into account the studies related to the nature of the chemical constituents of living matter, their transformations in biological systems and the energy changes associated with these transformations. Students will be guided through the course to understand the relationships between structure and function of macromolecules, and the regulatory strategies, with particular focus on metabolic pathways. The experimental activities are aimed at understanding the rationale behind the basic biochemical protocols developed to investigate the macromolecules and their functions. Pratical knowledge of basic biochemical techniques by means of lessons and experiments. Students will gain a thorough competence on the main technique used in biochemistry labs, in particular they will learn isolation, identification and structure- function relationship of macromolecules, with a focus on proteins.


The properties that characterize living systems
Biological molecules: Hierarchy among biological molecules: simple molecules as units of complex structures
Water, pH and ionic balances
Amino acids. Acid-base properties of amino acids.
Proteins: biological functions and primary structure
Peptide bond. Architecture of protein molecules
The three-dimensional structure of proteins:
Secondary structure: description of helices and folded sheets. Ramachandran's graphs
Globular proteins: tertiary structure and functional diversity
Folding models. Factors determining secondary and tertiary structure Information and sensing thermodynamics.
Conformational diseases.
Quaternary structure of proteins
Enzymes: Catalytic power, specificity and regulation.
Enzyme kinetics: Free energy of activation and action of catalysts.
The Michaelis-Menten equation. Steady state assumption. The kinetic parameters. Linear graphical methods.
Enzyme inhibition: irreversible and reversible. Competitive and non-competitive.
Control mechanisms of enzymatic activity.
Oxygen transport and storage: the role of hemoglobin and myoglobin. Structure-function relationship of Mb and Hb
Hemoglobin: cooperative binding and allostery. Models for the allosteric transition in hemoglobin: the symmetric model and the sequential model. Homotropic and heterotropic effectors.
Bioenergetics. Basic thermodynamic concepts.
Entropy and free energy. The progress of a reaction, the change in standard free energy. Effect of pH and cancentration on standard free energies.
The importance of coupled processes in living systems.
ATP and high energy compounds: group transfer potential. The energetic charge.
Central metabolic pathways and energy metabolism. Existence of independent degradative and biosynthetic pathways. Oxidations as a source of metabolic energy. Main mechanisms of metabolism control.
Glycolysis: General aspects. The importance of coupled reactions in glycolysis, reactions of glycolysis. The metabolic fates of NADH and pyruvate
The tricarboxylic acid cycle: The linking phase: the oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate. The reactions of the cycle. The TCA cycle as a source of intermediates for biosynthetic pathways. Anaplerotic reactions.
Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation: Reduction potentials. The complexes of the electron transport chain.
The thermodynamic approach to the chemiosmotic coupling hypothesis. ATP synthase. Shuttle systems for the transport of cytosolic NADH into the mitochondria.
Gluconeogenesis, glycogen metabolism and hormonal regulation. Hormones and second messengers: cAMP and G proteins.
The beta-oxidation of fatty acids with an equal number of saturated and monounsaturated C atoms.
The pentose phosphate pathway: reactions and control.
Nitrogen metabolism: Transamination reactions; Fate of the carbon skeleton of amino acids; fate of the amino group; urea cycle.
Protein purification Ionic properties of amino acids and proteins. Isoelectric point. Sample preparation. Methods of cell disruption and production of the initial crude extracts. Protein solubilization methods. Saline swabs. Fractionation and precipitation techniques. Filtration, dialysis, sample concentration. Spectroscopic techniques. Properties of electromagnetic radiation. Light-matter interaction. States and processes involved in the phenomena of absorption, emission and decay. Absorption spectroscopy in ultraviolet and visible. Qualitative and quantitative aspects of light absorption. Colorimetric and spectroscopic methods applied to the determination of protein concentration. Spectrophotometers. Fluorescence and emission spectroscopy. Intrinsic and extrinsic fluorophores. Green fluorescent protein Spectrofluorimeters. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). Circular dichroism. Chromatographic techniques. Principles of chromatography. The chromatogram. Parameters that determine the chromatographic performance. Van Deemter equation. Column chromatography: ion exchange, molecular exclusion, affinity, hydrophobic interaction and their applications. Purification of fusion proteins with Electrophoretic techniques. General principles and electrophoretic mobility. Support materials. Nucleic acid electrophoresis. Protein electrophoresis. SDS PAGE. Electrophoresis in native conditions. Protein coloring on gel. Protein blotting (western blotting). Isoelectrofocusing. Basics of: Capillary electrophoresis. Two-dimensional electrophoresis gel.


Visualizza la bibliografia con Leganto, strumento che il Sistema Bibliotecario mette a disposizione per recuperare i testi in programma d'esame in modo semplice e innovativo.

Examination Methods

The final (oral) exam is divided into three questions on any topic covered in class
The final (written) exam will focus on all the topics of the program. The student will have to demonstrate that they understand and be able to use the fundamental concepts of each topic.

Students with disabilities or specific learning disorders (SLD), who intend to request the adaptation of the exam, must follow the instructions given HERE

Type D and Type F activities

Le attività formative in ambito D o F comprendono gli insegnamenti impartiti presso l'Università di Verona o periodi di stage/tirocinio professionale.
Nella scelta delle attività di tipo D, gli studenti dovranno tener presente che in sede di approvazione si terrà conto della coerenza delle loro scelte con il progetto formativo del loro piano di studio e dell'adeguatezza delle motivazioni eventualmente fornite.


I semestre From 10/1/20 To 1/29/21
years Modules TAF Teacher
Model organism in biotechnology research D Andrea Vettori (Coordinator)
II semestre From 3/1/21 To 6/11/21
years Modules TAF Teacher
Python programming language D Vittoria Cozza (Coordinator)
List of courses with unassigned period
years Modules TAF Teacher
Subject requirements: chemistry and biology D Not yet assigned
Subject requirements: basic mathematics and physics D Not yet assigned
LaTeX Language D Enrico Gregorio (Coordinator)

Career prospects

Module/Programme news

News for students

There you will find information, resources and services useful during your time at the University (Student’s exam record, your study plan on ESSE3, Distance Learning courses, university email account, office forms, administrative procedures, etc.). You can log into MyUnivr with your GIA login details: only in this way will you be able to receive notification of all the notices from your teachers and your secretariat via email and soon also via the Univr app.


For schedules, administrative requirements and notices on graduation sessions, please refer to the Graduation Sessions - Science and Engineering service.

List of thesis 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
Multifunctional organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials for applications in Biotechnology and Green Chemistry 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
Dinamiche della metilazione del DNA e loro contributo durante il processo di maturazione della bacca di vite. Various topics
Il problema della donazione degli organi Various topics
Risposte trascrittomiche a sollecitazioni ambientali in vite Various topics
Studio delle basi genomico-funzionali del processo di embriogenesi somatica in vite Various topics


As stated in the Teaching Regulations for the A.Y. 2022/2023, 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. 

Career management

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Erasmus+ and other experiences abroad