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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.

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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Exam calendar

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Academic staff


Assfalg Michael +39 045 802 7949

Avesani Linda +39 045 802 7839

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

Buffelli Mario Rosario +39 0458027268

Capuani Rossana

Cazzaniga Stefano +39 045 8027075

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

Chignola Roberto 045 802 7953

Chiurco Carlo +390458028159

Cozza Vittoria

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

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

Fiammengo Roberto 0458027038

Frison Nicola 045 802 7857

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 +39 045 802 7227

Munari Francesca +39 045 802 7906

Pandolfini Tiziana 045 802 7918

Pezzotti Mario +39045 802 7951

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

Tomazzoli Claudio

Torriani Sandra 045 802 7921

Ugel Stefano 045-8126451

Vettori Andrea 045 802 7861/7862

Vitulo Nicola 0458027982

Zaccone Claudio +39 045 8027864

Zapparoli Giacomo +390458027047

Zenoni Sara 045 802 7941

Zipeto Donato +39 045 802 7204

Zivcovich Franco

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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Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)



I semestre dal Oct 1, 2020 al Jan 29, 2021.

To show the organization of the course that includes this module, follow this link:  Course organization

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.


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:
The secondary structure: description of helices and folded sheets. Ramachandran's graphs
Globular proteins: tertiary structure and functional diversity
Folding models. Factors determining the secondary and tertiary structure Information and thermodynamics of the survey.
Conformational diseases.
Quaternary structure of proteins
Lipids and membranes: Fatty acids. Triacylglycerols.
Membranes: Fluid mosaic model. Membrane transport
Nucleotides and nucleic acids. DNA and RNA. Properties of nucleotides. Stability and formation of the phosphodiester bond. DNA denaturation and renaturation.
Enzymes: catalytic power, specificity and regulation.
Enzymatic kinetics: Free energy of activation and action of catalysts.
The Michaelis-Menten equation. Steady state assumption. The kinetic parameters. Linear graphic methods.
Enzymatic 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 allosteria. Models for the transition to allosteria in hemoglobin: the symmetrical model and the sequential model. Homotropic and heterotropic effectors.
Bioenergetics. Basic thermodynamic concepts.
Entropy and free energy. The course of a reaction, the variation of 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 energy charge.
The metabolism.
The central metabolic pathways and energy metabolism. Existence of independent degradative and biosynthetic pathways. Oxidations as a source of metabolic energy. Main metabolism control mechanisms.
Glycolysis: General aspects. The importance of coupled reactions in glycolysis. reactions of glycolysis.
The metabolic fates of NADH and pyruvate
The cycle of tricarboxylic acids: The connection phase: the oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate. The reactions of the cycle. The cycle of TCAs as a source of intermediates for the biosynthetic pathways. Anaplerotic reactions.
Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation: Reduction potentials. The complexes of the electron transport chain.
The thermodynamic approach to the chemoosmotic coupling hypothesis. ATP synthase. Shuttle systems for the transport of cytosolic NADH into mitochondria.
Gluconeogenesis, glycogen metabolism and hormonal regulation. Hormones and second messengers: cAMP and G.
The beta-oxidation of fatty acids with an equal number of saturated C atoms.
The pentose phosphate pathway: reactions and control.
Nitrogen metabolism: Transamination reactions; Fate of the carbonaceous skeleton of amino acids; fate of the amino group; urea cycle.
NUCLEIC ACIDS: how the structure carries information. Structural levels of nucleic acids (DNA, RNA). DNA denaturation.
DNA replication. Replication enzymology: structure / function of DNA polymerases. DNA replication fidelity.

Reference texts
Author Title Publishing house Year ISBN Notes

Examination Methods

The objective of the exam is to verify the level of knowledge and depth of the topics of the course program and the reasoning skills developed by the student. The evaluation is expressed out of thirty (minimum grade 18).

The final exam (written for Bioinformatics students) will focus on all the topics of the program. The student will have to answer a series of open-ended questions, demonstrating that they understand and be able to use the fundamental concepts of each topic.

The final exam (oral for Biotechnology students) will focus on all the topics of the program. The student will have to answer a series of questions, demonstrating that they understand and be able to use the fundamental concepts of each topic.


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)

Career prospects

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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


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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