Call for the 2020-2023 PhD course opened.

Deadline extended to July 15, 2020

11 positions available:

5 positions with bursary supported by University Tor Vergata
2 positions for non-Italian applicants with their own support
2 positions without financial support
2 positions for Italian governmental employees with their own salary support
Additional 200 EUR/month support for lodging to students from outside the province of Rome
Approx. 1200 EUR/year for travels, congresses.
Applicants should submit their research program in one of the following fields:
1) Role of mitochondria in the adaptation to environmental stresses
2) Biodeterioration in ancient parchment: metagenomic study of the microbial succession process and of its main characters
3) Engineered microbial consortia for the rehabilitation of domestic wastewater
4) Movements of air and pollen masses in the urban environment: applications in “health medicine”
5) Microalgae adaptation to environmental stresses
6) Molecular bio-archaeology: multi-omic characterization of ancient human populations
7) A genomic perspective on the origins, evolution and adaptation of Galapagos Iguanas
8) Exploiting bacteriophages and components thereof as tools to fight multi-drug resistance bacteria
9) Conservation of a flagship species: tracking the Critically Endangered Pink Iguana from Galápagos to assess species distribution and habitat suitability models
Dates for the admission test will follow.


Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution
“Seen in the light of evolution, biology is, perhaps, intellectually the most satisfying and inspiring science. Without that light it becomes a pile of sundry facts some of them interesting or curious but making no meaningful picture as a whole”  (Theodosius Dobzhansky The American Biology Teacher, March 1973)

The program offers a unique multidisciplinary training experience leading to a Doctorate degree. The Biology Department, in partnership with private and public institutions in the Rome area, have formed a Program that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries to offer the student the appropriate interdisciplinary research training and to enrich the plurality of knowledge. The Scientific Board is made of experts of various scientific fields, and graduate students can select from research opportunities in areas as Anthropology, Applied Biology and Biochemistry, Botany, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Parasitology, Physiology and Zoology. The main goal of the program consists in enabling students to become independent, creative, and productive researchers, by cultivating their skills in a multidisciplinary environment. Specialized courses are programmed as well as ad hoc seminars in research management, research & funding systems, exploitation of research results and intellectual property.