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 Jul 19, 2021 Jul 19, 2021
Sessione Autunnale Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021
Sessione Autunnale Dicembre Dec 7, 2021 Dec 7, 2021
Sessione Invernale Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 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

Exam calendar

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Academic staff


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Bicego Manuele +39 045 802 7072

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Giachetti Andrea +39 045 8027998

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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 enrolment year.

CHIM/03 ,CHIM/06
English B1 level
Modules Credits TAF SSD
Between the years: 2°- 3°
Between the years: 2°- 3°
Other activities

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Teaching code





Alejandro Giorgetti



Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)


The teaching is organized as follows:

Mod.1 Teoria




Primo semestre

Academic staff

Daniele Dell'Orco

Mod.1 Laboratorio




Primo semestre

Mod.2 Teoria




Secondo semestre

Academic staff

Alejandro Giorgetti

Mod.2 Laboratorio




Secondo semestre

Learning objectives

The course will provide the theoretical and practical basis to understand and employ algorithms and programs currently used to retrieve and analyze data contained in the most used biological data re-positories. The course is divided into two modules, as detailed below. Module 1: In this module student will become acquainted with some of the most used software tools for managing data in proteomics, genomics, biochemistry, molecular and structural biology. Students will be introduced to the analysis and the visualization of structural data of biological macromolecules and their complexes, and to the design of simple static and dynamic models of biomolecular net-works. The students will also be introduced to the most modern fields of systems biology. Module 2: In this module students will learn how to employ the basic bioinformatic tools for the ana-lysis, interpretation and prediction of biological data in proteomics, genomics, biochemistry, molecular biology. This course offers the possibility of applying state of the art bioinformatic tools to solve biolo-gical problems

Prerequisites and basic notions

There are no prerequisites


MM: Modulo 1
Theoretical Module
- Overview of the main structural features of proteins and nucleic acids in relation to the concept of evolution. Introduction to biomolecular databases: online resources and their use
- Biological databases: organization and integration of information concerning: a) protein and nucleic acid sequences; b) biomolecular structures; c) bibliographic and scientific literature. Retrieve of specific information: use of limitations and Boolean operators.
- Sequence comparison and alignments: static and dynamic algorithms; substitution matrices (PAM,BLOSUM) - Search-algorithms: dynamic algorithms; Smith-Waterman; Needleman-Wunsch; statistic significance for an alignment (z-score, expectation values and probability); heuristic methods for local alignments; BLAST
- Multiple sequence alignments: ClustalW, search on specific databases, other algorithms, PSI-BLAST
- Introduction to Structural Bioinformatics: visualization and analysis of protein and nucleic acid 3D structures
- Methods to predict protein secondary structure elements starting from the sequence; introduction to neural networks. NN-based methods - Introduction to Systems Biology: Spatial and temporal scales, static and dynamic models, mathematical frameworks, introduction on signal transduction networks Laboratory Module
- NCBI databases: Entrez interface, Gene, UniGene, Protein, Uniprot and EBI
- Single and multiple sequence alignments, score matrices, optimal methods; online resources and spreadsheets - BLAST,PSI-BLAST and BLAT: online tools and their use
- Tools for multiple alignments, the Homologene databank, computation and visualization of multiple alignments - Introduction to PyMol and molecular visualization. Use of PSI-PRED and JPRED for predicting secondary structures from sequences - Systems biology: numerical simulation of simple biochemical reactions. Building simple kinetic models by using SBOTOOLBOX2 for Matlab; application to G-potein signalling cycles.

MM: Modulo 2
Bioinformatic tools for the analysis of molecular evolution and phylogenesis: Molecular clock, substitution models, methods for the construction of phylogenetic trees.
Protein structural predictions: Comparative modeling, Fold recognition and ab initio methods.
Gene prediction Functional annotation Microarrays: databases and programs for the analysis of expression data. Introduction to the energetic treatment of proteins: MD simulations, ligand-protein and protein-protein docking.
The teaching includes: front lectures and hands-on laboratories on the PC. The students are also involved in a project to be developed in groups.


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Didactic methods

The course consists of frontal theory lessons, analysis and presentation of relevant scientific articles in the field of bioinformatics and laboratory lessons

Learning assessment procedures

------------------------ MM: Module 1 ---------------------- - Theory -------- The exam consists of a written test with 5 open questions on the topics covered in the course, each with a maximum score of 6 points. The paper has a duration of 75 minutes. The vote will be out of thirty. Laboratory ----------------- The exam, which can be taken on the same day as the theory paper, contains 3 exercises to be solved using the computer (each with a maximum of 10 points). The paper has a duration of 75 minutes. The vote will be out of thirty. Presentations -------------------- At the end of January the students present, in groups of 2 or 3 members, a database of their choice contained in the January issue of the journal Nucleic Acids Research (Database issue). They will have to illustrate, through a presentation of 10 minutes + 3 minutes for questions / discussions, the purpose of the database and an original application. They will obtain a score from 1 to 4, which will take into account the deepening of the topic, the clarity of presentation, the effectiveness of communication and mastery of the tools used. Final grade --------------- The final grade, out of thirty, will be obtained by adding the average between the grade of the theory test and the laboratory grade to the grade obtained in the presentation. ------------------------ MM: Module 2 ---------------------- - The exam is written and consists of an oral session of open questions on the topics covered in the course. In particular modeling, docking and gene annotation theories are required. The second phase consists in the drafting of a scientific handwritten document with the results obtained in the realization of the project assigned in class.

Evaluation criteria

To pass the exam, the student must demonstrate: - to have understood the concept of homology and its practical implications in the bioinformatics field - to have understood the difference between similarity and identity between biological sequences - to be able to query databases of bioinformatics interest, to obtain and store the related data, carrying out appropriate cross-searches on different databases in order to carry out specific searches - knowing how to use algorithms for the comparison of nucleotide and amino acid sequences - knowing how to use software for molecular graphics and visualization - knowing how to build simple interaction networks between biomolecules and simulate the time course. Knowing how to use the specific language of bioinformatics Understanding critically in a scientific article in the field of applied bioinformatics
Building three-dimensional models of proteins
Using molecular docking techniques and understanding the underlying theory

Criteria for the composition of the final grade

The grade of module I consists of a presentation of scientific articles in groups and a written exam during the exam session. The form II grade has the same structure. The total grade is the arithmetic average of the grades of the two modules

Exam language


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
Matlab-Simulink programming D Bogdan Mihai Maris (Coordinatore)
II semestre From 3/1/21 To 6/11/21
years Modules TAF Teacher
Introduction to 3D printing D Franco Fummi (Coordinatore)
Python programming language D Vittoria Cozza (Coordinatore)
HW components design on FPGA D Franco Fummi (Coordinatore)
Rapid prototyping on Arduino D Franco Fummi (Coordinatore)
Protection of intangible assets (SW and invention)between industrial law and copyright D Roberto Giacobazzi (Coordinatore)
List of courses with unassigned period
years Modules TAF Teacher
Subject requirements: mathematics D Rossana Capuani
The fashion lab (1 ECTS) D Maria Caterina Baruffi (Coordinatore)
LaTeX Language D Enrico Gregorio (Coordinatore)

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As stated in point 25 of the Teaching Regulations for the A.Y. 2021/2022, attendance at the course of study is not mandatory.
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