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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. 2019/2020

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, 2019 Jan 31, 2020
II semestre Mar 2, 2020 Jun 12, 2020
Exam sessions
Session From To
Sessione invernale d'esame Feb 3, 2020 Feb 28, 2020
Sessione estiva d'esame Jun 15, 2020 Jul 31, 2020
Sessione autunnale d'esame Sep 1, 2020 Sep 30, 2020
Degree sessions
Session From To
Sessione estiva di laurea Jul 17, 2020 Jul 17, 2020
Sessione autunnale di laurea Oct 13, 2020 Oct 13, 2020
Sessione autunnale di laurea - Dicembre Dec 9, 2020 Dec 9, 2020
Sessione invernale di laurea Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021
Period From To
Festa di Ognissanti Nov 1, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Festa dell'Immacolata Dec 8, 2019 Dec 8, 2019
Vacanze di Natale Dec 23, 2019 Jan 6, 2020
Vacanze di Pasqua Apr 10, 2020 Apr 14, 2020
Festa della Liberazione Apr 25, 2020 Apr 25, 2020
Festa del lavoro May 1, 2020 May 1, 2020
Festa del Santo Patrono May 21, 2020 May 21, 2020
Festa della Repubblica Jun 2, 2020 Jun 2, 2020
Vacanze estive Aug 10, 2020 Aug 23, 2020

Exam calendar

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Academic staff


Assfalg Michael +39 045 802 7949

Astegno Alessandra 045802 7955

Badino Massimiliano +39 045 802 8459

Ballottari Matteo 045 802 7098

Bassi Roberto 045 802 7916; Lab: 045 802 7915

Bellin Diana 045 802 7090

Bettinelli Marco Giovanni 045 802 7902

Bolzonella David 045 802 7965

Boscaini Maurizio

Buffelli Mario Rosario +39 0458027268

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

Chignola Roberto 045 802 7953

Crimi Massimo 045 802 7924; Lab: 045 802 7050

Dall'Osto Luca +39 045 802 7806

Delledonne Massimo 045 802 7962; Lab: 045 802 7058

Di Pierro Alessandra +39 045 802 7971

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

Frison Nicola 045 802 7965

Furini Antonella 045 802 7950; Lab: 045 802 7043

Gregorio Enrico 045 802 7937

Guardavaccaro Daniele +39 045 802 7903

Lampis Silvia 045 802 7095

Marino Valerio 0458027227

Molesini Barbara 045 802 7550

Munari Francesca +39 045 802 7906

Nardon Chiara

Pandolfini Tiziana 045 802 7918

Romeo Alessandro +39 045 802 7974-7936; Lab: +39 045 802 7808

Simonato Barbara +39 045 802 7832; Lab. 7960

Speghini Adolfo +39 045 8027900

Torriani Sandra 045 802 7921

Ugel Stefano 045-8126451
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Vallini Giovanni 045 802 7098; studio dottorandi: 045 802 7095

Vettori Andrea 045 802 7861/7862

Vitulo Nicola 0458027982

Zapparoli Giacomo +390458027047

Zenoni Sara 045 802 7941

Zipeto Donato +39 045 802 7204

Zoccatelli Gianni +39 045 802 7952

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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Teaching code





Antonella Furini

Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)




The teaching is organized as follows:

teoria Metodologie di genetica




I semestre

laboratorio Metodologie di genetica [1° turno]




I semestre

laboratorio Metodologie di genetica [2° turno]




I semestre

teoria Metodologie di microbiologia




I semestre

Academic staff

Sandra Torriani

laboratorio Metodologie di microbiologia [1° turno]




I semestre

Academic staff

Sandra Torriani

laboratorio Metodologie di microbiologia [2° turno]




I semestre

Academic staff

Giacomo Zapparoli

Learning outcomes

The final aim of the module Methods in Genetics is to provide students the knowledge about the recombinant DNA technology and the methods used for genomic and molecular genetics analyses. Lectures will offer an overview about most common and more innovative genetic methodologies applied for the analysis of genes and their function. The acquired knowledge will allow students to successfully apply routine molecular techniques widely used in genetic studies and to understand and deal also with more innovative methods. Finally this knowledge will allow students to understand the experimental part of scientific papers in genetics.
The module Methods in Microbiology aims to provide students with some tools of knowledge in the sectors of microbiology and biotechnology to enable them to deal with the higher level courses of biotechnology; in particular it helps to understand the potential applications of microorganisms in the agri-food field and the interaction among microorganisms, food, intestinal tract and health.


The course describes basic methods used in genetic analysis and/or molecular biology for DNA and RNA handling. Program includes the following topics:

- Description of animal and plant cell cultures;
- Animal and plant cells genetic transformation;
- Vectors and selection markers, most common cloning techniques, GATEWAY and TOPOCLONING and GOLDENBRAID
(1CFU Prof. Furini);

- Genomic libraries and cDNA libraries: plasmid vectors, Bacteriophage λ, Cosmids, BAC and YAC;
- Transformation of bacterial and yeast cells;
- Use of reporter genes (GFP, YFP) for cellular localization;
- Protoplast preparation and transfection;
- DNA-protein interaction in the gene expression regulation: Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), Shift assay, luciferase assay
(1CFU Prof. Zenoni)

- Methods for genomic DNA extraction;
- Genome analysis by Southern blotting;
- Molecular markers based on hybridization or PCR and linkage analysis;
- Approaches for gene mapping and genome analysis;
- Sanger DNA sequencing and NGS sequencing;
- Random and site specific mutagenesis, genome editing, CRISPR/Cas9;
- Forward and reverse genetics to study gene function;
- RNA extraction and gene expression analysis through Northern blotting, RT-PCR and Real Time RT-PCR (2CFU Prof. Bellin)

1. Gene cloning in plasmid vector:
Cloning strategy, primer design and PCR reaction preparation, PCR amplicon purification, DNA quantification, TOPOCloniong. E. coli Competent cell transformation. Confirmation of construct, LR recombination, Plasmid DNA purification and verification of the construct (Prof. Furini).
2. Tobacco genetic transformation:
Tobacco plants maintained in vitro culture in sterile conditions. Expant preparation and co-cultivation with agrobacterium. Analysis of construct used for plant transformation. Espant cultivation on selective medium. Analysis of transgenic plants by enzymatic assay (histochemical assay), and by molecular analysis (PCR on genomic DNA) (Prof. Furini).
3. Protoplast transfection for protein subcellular localization:
Cell wall enzymatic digestion for protoplast preaparation. Count and evaluation of the vitality of the protoplasts. Protoplast transfection with vectors carrying cellular markers and microscopic analysis of fluorescent proteins in different cell compartments (Endoplasmic reticulum, vacuole and plasma membrane). (Prof. Zenoni).
4. Marker analysis: use of SSLP and SSR markers and applications examples.
Genomic DNA extraction from model plant Arabidopsis thaliana or from other species using two different extraction methods. Comparison of the performance for the different extraction methods concerning yield and quality based on spectrophotometric analysis and evaluation on agarose gel. Set up and optimization of SSLP and SSR marker analysis on known and unknown genotypes and gel electrophoresis. Sample preparation for SSR analysis on capillary electrophoresis sequencer and SSR analysis. Scoring of results: example for parental analysis, varietal identification and genomic analysis based on linkage (Prof. Bellin).
5. Site-specific mutagenesis to confirm the putative involvement of an aminoacid in the catalytic activity of a protein
Sequence analysis and determination of the site to be mutagenized, primer design for mutagenesis. PCR amplification with designed primers and phosphorylation, ligation and digestion with DpnI for mutagenized plasmid enrichment. Transformation of competent cells. Recovery of transformed colonies and minipreps. Screening of mutants by restriction analysis. Sequence analysis of selected plasmids and discussion on possible applications (Prof. Bellin)
6. Expression analysis of a transgene in a transgenic overexpressor organism by real-time RT-PCR
RNA extraction from transgenic organism and wild type. Evaluation of quality and yield of extracted RNA, DNAse treatment, retrotranscription, and real-time RT-PCR analysis. Evaluation of expression levels for the transgene in wild type and overexpressor by deltadelta Ct method (Prof. Zenoni).
7. Analysis of DNA-protein interaction and evaluation of the binding of a transcription factor to the promoter of a target gene by chromatin immunoprecipitation.
Fixation of two plant tissues characterized by a different expression of a transcription factor. Chromatin extraction from the two tissues, sonication and evaluation by electrophoretic run of DNA fragmentation, immunoprecipitation with a specific antibody against the transcription factor, release of the immunoprecipitated DNA and PCR analysis to evaluate the presence of the target gene in the two tissues analyzed (Prof. Zenoni).

The course program for the Methods in Microbiology module includes the following topics:
- The risk in the laboratory of microbiology. Classification and hazard of biological agents. Genetically modified microorganisms (GMMO). Classes of GMMO application. Biosecurity standards.
- The microbiota of human gastro-intestinal tract. Factors that influence the composition of the microbiota (age, antibiotics, diet, disease). Probiotics and prebiotics.
- The antibiotic-resistant (AR) bacteria in food: potential risks to consumers. The QPS concept. Mechanisms of AR. Transfer of AR genes. New approaches to the study of AR (Prof. Torriani)

There is 1 CFU of exercises during which traditional and biomolecular approaches will apply to:
- the study of bacterial cultures used in the production of functional foods (eg. probiotic fermented milks).
- the detection and characterization of commensal bacteria with antibiotic resistance in products with complex microbiota (Profs Torriani and Zapparoli)

Examination Methods

At the end of the course students will present reports about the laboratory experiences both for Methods in Genetics and Methods in Microbiology. The students will do a written examination about all theory and laboratory program covered. The exam will contain both open questions and true/false quiz and exercises for the laboratory part.

Type D and Type F activities

I semestre From 10/1/19 To 1/31/20
years Modules TAF Teacher
Python programming language D Maurizio Boscaini (Coordinatore)
Model organism in biotechnology research D Andrea Vettori (Coordinatore)
II semestre From 3/2/20 To 6/12/20
years Modules TAF Teacher
LaTeX Language D Enrico Gregorio (Coordinatore)

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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
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
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
Dinamiche della metilazione del DNA e loro contributo durante il processo di maturazione della bacca di vite. 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

Gestione carriere


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.

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