PhD COURSES 2010 - 2012

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PhD COURSES 2010
-

2012


FOOD BIOTECHNOLOGY


Department of Agro
-
food Science and Techniques


Coordinator: Prof. Marco Esti





e
-
mail
esti@unitus.it


This PhD Course on Food Biotechnology is designed for students who
want to take
-
up the
challenge of operating in the food biotechnology field at innovative centers, innovative food
companies or government agencies and finding innovative methods and technology to
preserve or transform food products, as well as to produce a
nd recovery microbial
-
produced
food ingredients, so as to improve or guarantee food safety, functionality and/or quality.


Pla
ces available prior

examination
s

(E.U. and

no European
citizens):


Duration

Total p
laces

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

4

2

2


Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

2

0

2

(*) A Board of evaluators will assess the applications within 30 January 2010


PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY


Department of Agro
-
biology
and Agro
-
chemistry


Coordinator:

Prof.

Stefania Masci





e
-
mail
masci@unitus.it


Partner Institutions: Università “Sapienza” di Roma





Université Paul Cézanne


Aix Marseille (F)





Université de Nantes (F)


The
future Ph.D. should be able to set up and accomplish a research project in the field of
plant biotechnology in every aspect. To this aim, their training includes a series of activities in
cooperation with tutors, mostly based on the development of a specif
ic research project.
Moreover, a common basic training is foreseen, based on seminars or on attending official
University courses indicated by the tutors.

Ph.D. students will be strongly supported in order to realize possible collaborations with
national a
nd international research institutions.

The specific research projects that will be dealt with, and that will be object of the written
exam, include:


1

Manipulation of starch composition for qualitative improvement of durum and bread
wheat

2

Differentia
l expression in response to biotic and abiotic stresses in wheat

3

Molecular and proteomic characterization of allergens present in the protein fraction of
wheat kernel

4

Vegetable biocatalysis

5

Enzyme immobilization

6

Biotransformation

7

Genetic an
d molecular bases of the response to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants

8

Study of genetic and biochemical mechanisms regulating fruit development in tomato

9

Genetic and molecular characterization of male
-
sterile mutants in tomato

10

Linkage analys
is for tomato fruit characteristics

11

Structural and functional characterization of gene present of chromosome 5A of wheat

12

Development of genetic and physical maps in different
Triticeae

species for the
identification of molecular markers to be used
in plant breeding

13

Genetic and physical organization of cereal genomes by means of molecular approaches

14

Genetic, molecular and functional analysis of genes transferred in wheat from related
species

15

Study of molecular mechanisms at the basis o
f plant
-
pathogen interaction

16

Study of the role of plant cell wall in development and defence mechanisms


The
oral exam

will concern in a discussion of the written exam and of the specific scientific
experience of the candidate. The
language exam (
Eng
lish) will take place during the oral exam
and will consist in the reading and translation of part of a scientific paper.



Places available
prior

examination
s

(E.U. and

no European
citizens):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

4

4

0


Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

4

1

3

(*) A Board of evaluators will assess the applications within 30 January 2010



PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONTRACT LAW


Department of

Law


Coordinator: Prof. Nicola Corbo




e
-
mail
s_dsg@unitus.it










mariosavino@hot mail.com


This PhD course is designed for students who want to take
-
up the chall
enge of operating in the
expanding field of public procurement. The aim of the course is to train young scholars and
future lawyers or civil servants, providing them with high
-
level capacity of legal analysis and
implementing abilities in public and privat
e law. The course focuses both on European and
national regulation concerning public procurement and the general discipline of private
autonomy.

The most recent developments will be analyzed, with specific regard to e
-
public procurement,
contracting
-
out,
the rise of private law in the public sphere, the gradual blurring of the public
-
private traditional divide, the legal proliferation of new typologies of contracts, the discipline of
private obligations and responsibility.




Places available
prior

examina
tion
s

(E.U. and

no European

citizens):


Duration

Total places

with grant

without grant

3 years

4

2

2


Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

1

0

1

(*) A Board of evaluator
s will assess the applications within 30 January 2010





ECOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT


Department of Ecology and Sustainable Development


Coordinator: Prof. Roberta Cimmaruta




e
-
mail
cimmaruta@un
itus.it


Partner Institutions: Università “Sapienza” di Roma


The PhD in Ecology and Management of Biological Resources is aimed at the education of
graduate students, introducing them to the advances of the ecological research with particular
regard to t
he sustainable management of biological resources. The fundamental theories,
methods and techniques of research, and models related to population, community and
ecosystem ecology are the basic topics of study. Focus will be also on the theory and
applicati
ons underlying monitoring and conservation of endangered genomes, species and
ecosystems. The management and monitoring of water systems will be another topic of the
course, considering both biological and geological approaches especially in freshwater hab
itats.
Finally, attention will be deserved to the marine environment and to the development and
application of innovative technologies for its study: researches on the oceanic processes at a
macroscale using new technologies, set
-
up of control and monitori
ng techniques for the coastal
environment based on simulation models, studies on the benthic and pelagic communities will
be some of the topics.


Places available
prior

examination
s

(E.U. and

no European

citizens):


Duration

Total places

with grant

without

grant

3 years

10

5

5



FOREST ECOLOGY


Department of Forestry and Forestry Resources Science


Coordinator:

Prof. Paolo De Angelis




e
-
mail
pda@unitus.it


The objective of the PhD course is to provide the scientific

formation necessary at highly
qualified researcher on forest ecosystems dynamics and their functions, and to equip them
with the most innovative methodology to study these processes. The pedagogic approach is
learn making research in the context of intern
ational or national research projects. The PhD
student will be part of a multidisciplinary scientific group, where he will contribute with original
research approaches. The PhD student will follow intensive advanced courses and seminars,
internal and exter
nal, to improve and enlarge his scientific background.

The different topics of the course are related to the Ecology and Silviculture, in particular on:
forest structure and functionality, biological diversity of species in relation to evolutionary and
fun
ctional processes including genomics, mass and energy fluxes, ecophysiological processes
from tree to stand level, stand dynamics and forest colonization, stand stability and
productivity in relation to environmental factors (global changes) and silvicultu
ral treatments,
ecological restoration, agro
-
forestry and soil ecology, forest management and conservation of
animal biodiversity, landscape ecology.


Places available
prior

examination
s
(E.U. and

no European

citizens):


Duration

Total places

with grant

wi
thout grant

3 years

7

4

3





Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

1

0

1

(*) A Board of evaluators will assess the applications within 30 January 2010


ECONOMY AND TERRI
TORY


Department of Agro
-
forestry and Rural Environment Economics


Coordinator:

Prof.
Alessandro Sorrentino




e
-
mail
sorrenti@unitus.it


Partner Institution
s: Università di Parma




Università di Firenze


The P.H
..D. program is essentially oriented to provide theoretical and methodological tools for
advanced analysis in local development economics with particular emphasis on the resource
allocation in rural areas. The program provides for a formal training in Econ
omics and
Quantitative Methods. Students may target their training and carry out a research program in
the following areas: agricultural and natural resources economics and policy; general
economics; applied economics in the field of environment, innovatio
n and quality
management; quantitative methods for applied economics. Focus on the local and rural
development economics will characterise the research programs carried out by students. Each
student will be assigned to a tutor and each program will be mon
itored by the PhD Professor
Board.


Places available
prior
examination
s

(E.U. and

no European

citizens):


Duration

Total places

with grant

without grant

3 years

4

2

2


Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

1

0

1

(*) A Board of evaluators will assess the applications within 30 January 2010


BIOLOGICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL EVOLUTION


Department of Environmental Science
s


Coordinator: Prof. Laura Zucconi





e
-
mail
zucconi@unitus.it


The evolutionistic biology has two main goals: the reconstruction of the evolutive processes
towards diverse possible approaches and the study of molecular mechanisms at the base of
these processes. It is th
erefore important to know all the levels of the biological organization of
Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes, encompassing the biological molecules, the cell and multicellular
organisms.

The basic topics studied during the degree courses will be deepened in the c
ourse of Doctorate
of “Biological and Biochemical Evolution”.

The research students will be trained in methods of phylogeny, starting from the morph
-
ecological knowledge up to the most advanced microscopic, biochemical and DNA and RNA
sequencing techniques
, the study of development and embryological differentiation, the
reproductive cycles and endocrine regulation, the genetic equilibrium of the populations from
microorganisms to humans in relation to the natural selection.




Innovative techniques (analysi
s of polymorphic loci by protein electrophoresis, amino acid and
nucleotide sequencing, immunologic techniques, DNA
-
DNA hybridization) are today applied to
study genetic variability and speciation mechanisms. New metagenomic molecular techniques
enable to
better understand the total microbial diversity, including the uncultivable microbial
portion.

Our aim is to train new highly prepared researchers able to organize their own research and
apply advanced techniques to evaluate the genetic variability and th
e environmental
adaptation, which are the first steps of the evolutive changes.

The students’ training will be based on the development of an original research project under
the supervision of one or more tutors. The students will be asked to attend semina
rs and will
be encouraged to spend a period of research (non less than 6 months) in a scientifically
outstanding foreign laboratory.

The doctorate involves numerous competences of biology, systematic, morpho
-
functionality,
biochemistry.

For an efficient pr
eparation of the research students, the members of the College have
suggested three curricula according with the area of investigation: Organismic, Populationistic,
Bio
-
molecular.


Places available
prior

examination
s (
E.U. and

no European

citizens):


Durat
ion

Total places

with grant

without grant

3 years

4

2

2


Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

1

0

1

(*) A Board of evaluators will assess the applications within 30 Janu
ary 2010



GENETICS AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY


Department of Agro
-
biology and Agro
-
chemistry


Coordinator:

Prof.
Giorgio Prantera





e
-
mail
prantera@unitus.it


The research areas involved in the PhD course in Genetics

and Cell Biology are the following:
structural and functional organization of chromatin, with particular emphasis on epigenetic
phenomena; genomics, proteomics and transcriptomics; structure and physiology of cells and
of their organelles; regulation of c
ell proliferation; cell differentiation; molecular genomics of
livestocks. The students’ training will be based on the development of an original research
project under the supervision of a tutor. The students will be asked to attend seminar cycles
and wil
l be encouraged to spend a period of research in a scientifically outstanding foreign
laboratory. After the course completion students will have acquired basic and innovative
knowledge to be used in basic and applied research with particular regards to the

biotechnologic applications.

Places available
prior

examination
s

(E.U. and

no European

citizens):


Duration

Total places

with grant

without grant

3 years

10

5

5


Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with

grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

1

1

0

(*) A Board of evaluators will assess the applications within 30 January 2010

MEMORY AND MATTER OF ART WORKS THROUGH THEIR PROCESS OF PRODUCTION,
HISTORICIZATION, CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION


Department of Studies for

the Understanding and Valorisation of Historical and Artistic
Heritage


Coordinator:

Prof.
Maria C. Andaloro



e
-
mail
andaloro@unitus.it










dottorato.mmarte
@unitus.it


The Ph D Program aims at specify and activate research fields connected to the new needs of
cultural policies about knowledge, preservation, management and development of historical
and artistic heritage and resources. Moreover it prepares stu
dents for high quality original
research in Italian and international institutions (atheneums); as consultants in concerning
professional fields; for document, research, catalogue, archives and register (or records and
file) at the Italian Ministero per
i Beni e le Attività Culturali Superintendeces, Italian and
foreign museums, public and private institutions, research institutes.

To devolop these abilities the Ph D program contains the following specific area of research :
-

Territory as interaction be
tween different places of cultural heritage in Italy and in the
Mediterranean (Tuscia, central and southern Italy, Sicily, Turkey).
-

Strenght of images in
palinsesto Roma. Diachronical approach to the monuments and the art of Rome, since the
early antiqui
ty to Medioeval, Modern and Contemporary ages.
-

Museum: past and present.
Fruition, installation and preservation systems of artworks since Modern age; expositives,
conservatives, museologics aspects of contemporary art in particolar on new media and
ephi
meras.
-

Multidisciplinary aspects of research and analysis methods. Humanistic (Classical)
and technological issue: new methodological approach at research, knwoledge, development
and preservation of artworks in their material consistence and in their mon
umental and
enviromental setting
s.


Places available
prior

examination
s (E.
U. and

non European

citizens):


Duration

Total places

with grant

without grant

3 years

4

2

2


Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total place
s

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

1

0

1

(*) A Board of evaluators will assess the applications within 30 January 2010


HORTICULTURE


Department of Geology and Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering and Hydraulics for the
Territory


Coordinator
:

Prof.
Al
berto Graifenberg




e
-
mail
agraif@agr.unipi.it











giucolla@unitus.it

Partner Institutions: Università di Pisa


The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to provide an
opportunity for advanced study and
specialization in horticulture which particular emphasis on the quality improvement of
horticultural products and sustainability of the production processes. During the Ph.D.
program, students will acquire and develop new

theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills in
a series of areas of horticulture (vegetable crops, ornamental horticulture, floriculture,
turfgrass, fruit crops) and horticultural disciplines including crop
production/improvement/adaptation, environmental

stress physiology, molecular biology,
tissue culture, biotechnology, post
-
harvest, and plant growth regulators. Moreover, students
will proficiency develop an independent scientific investigation in the
laboratories and facilities.


Places available
prior

examination
s

(E.U. and

no European

citizens):


Duration

Total places

with grant

without grant

3 years

8

4

4


Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

2

0

2

(*) A Board of e
valuators will assess the applications within 30 January 2010


ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES


Coordinator
:

Prof.
Maurizio Petruccioli




e
-
mail
petrucci@unitus.it


Partner Institutions: Università di Perugia


The topics
of the PhD Course on Environmental Sciences are as follows:

-

Extraction of natural organic compounds of industrial interest (for cosmetic, pharmaceutical
and food applications) present in agro
-
industrial wastes by innovative chemical
-
physical
methodologies.


-

Chemical valorization of natural organic compounds present in agro
-
industrial wastes: their
utilization as starting materials in order to obtain fine chemicals by environmentally friendly
chemical methodologies.

-

New synthethic routes to the pharmacologi
cally bioactive compounds by ecofriendly
catalytic and non catalytic procedures.


-

Definition and application of novel investigation methodologies for the analysis and
assessment of quality and sustainable level of agroecosystems by means of holistic
appro
aches and referred to hierarchical levels of territorial, firm and cultural studies. Study
of the ecophysiological characteristics of plant deterrents aimed to set up cultural
ecocompatible systems.

-

Microbial bioremediation of contaminated soils, wastes a
nd wastewaters and consequent
impact on pollutants’ biodegradation and reduction of ecotoxicity; study of the microbial
populations, of the enzymes and of the degradation pathways involved in bioremediation
processes.

-

Biotechnological valorization (with mi
croorganisms and/or enzymes) of agriculture and
agro
-
industrial residues, surplus, wastes and wastewaters (production of enzymes, biofuels,
biomoleculs, etc.).


-

Study of spectroscopic, nanoscopies, image analysis, morphometric techniques and of ,
statistic
al (multivariate and neural network) and computer modelling for the detection of
polluting agents in different media and for their effect on organisms and environment.


Places available
prior

examination
s

(E.U. and

no European
citizens):


Duration

Total pl
aces

W
ith grant

without grant

3 years

4

2

2


Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

1

0

1

(*) A Board of evaluators will assess the applications within 30 January 2010








SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE FOREST AND ENVIRONMENTAL
MANAGEMENT


Department of the Environment and Forestry Technologies, Engineering and Sciences


Coordinator
:

Prof.
Gianluca Piovesan




e
-
mail
piovesan
@unitus.it


Partner Institutions: Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria




Università “Federico II” di Napoli




Università di Firenze




Università di Parma


The doctoral program, intended for persons seeking careers in teaching, research, or techni
cal
leadership within land management enterprises, emphasizes strong research specialization
while maintaining an understanding and appreciation of conservation biology, broader
engineering and resource use management. Specialized areas for thesis research

include
dendrology, landscape planning, forest management and silviculture, harvest planning and
analysis of forestry utilization,


soil protection, bio
-
environmental monitoring, genetical
analysis of forest biological diversity
.


Places available
prior
examination
s

(E.U. and

no European

citizens):


Duration

Total places

with grant

without grant

3 years

8

4

4


Places reser
ved to
E.U. (no Italian citizens
) and
no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3

years

3

1

2

(*) A Board of evaluators will assess the applications within 30 January 2010


EUROPE HISTORY: SOCIETY, POLITICS, INSTITUTIONS (19
th



20
th

CENTURY)


Department of History and Cultures of Texts and Documents


Coordinator
:

Prof.
Gabriella Ciam
pi





e
-
mail
ciampi@unitus.it


The course aims to form PhD students who are aware of the interrelation among
socioeconomic processes, the forms of politics and the institutional set
-
ups in the European
contemporary

history. They must have in their research interests both the centuries which give
historical meaningfulness to the concept of “contemporary history” and be fullly conscious, also
though the application of a comparative method, of the general processes whe
re the various
regional and national experiences are and of the specific differences, peculiar to each one of
them. They have to be aware of the importance of the category of interdependence has in the
historical development in recent times as basic groun
d of an institutional and political
dimension beyond the nation State. They must know how to use the WEB in order to acquire
elements and instruments useful for the historical research. The PhD student will be requested
to give an evidence of his abilities

as researcher and interpreter of the historical processes by
writing a thesis on a relavent study case. The work will have to rely on a vast and original
documentation.


Places available
prior

examination
s

(E.U. and

no European

citizens)
:


Duration

Total
places

with grant

without grant

3 years

4

2

2


Places reser
ved to no European
citizens
on curriculum base (*):


Duration

Total places

with grant

w
ithou
t grant

3 years

1

0

1

(*) A Board of evaluators will assess the applications within 30 January 2010



APPLICATIONS


Application
form
to
participate in the selection procedures must be compiled and
sent
by post
or e
-
mail in PDF format

(
olga@unitus.it

or
danielal@unitus.it
)
wi
thin 15 January 2010


No European citizens c
a
n
enter the PhD course either (1) particip
at
ing in the selection (writ
ten a
nd
oral exam) or (2) being

admitted after e
valuation of the academic curriculum.



ENTRANCE EXAMINATION


The entrance examination
consis
ts of a written test

and an interview. They test the candidate’s
knowledge, skills and aptitude to research.

The Examiners, based on report results, assign a maximum score of 60 points in each part of
the exam to each candidate.

Admission to interview is s
ubject to e minimum score of 42/60 in the written part of the exam.

The interview is passed with a minimum score of 42/60.


TIMETABLE OF ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS
TO Ph
D

COURSES

Places available prior examinations (E.U. and no European citizens)


PhD

Courses

S
cheduled assessment

Place



FOOD BIOTECHNOLOGY


Written test

27 January 2010,
14.30

Interview

28 January 2010, 14.30


Facoltà di Agraria

Dipartimento di Scienze e
tecnologie agroalimentari

Via S
. Camillo De Lellis snc

Viterbo



PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY


Writt
en test

27 January 2010,
9.00

Interview

28 January 2010,
9.00


Facoltà di Agraria

Aula del Consiglio del
Dipartim
ento di Agrobiologia e
Agrochimica

Via S
. Camillo De Lellis snc

Viterbo


PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONTRACT
LAW


Written test

18

January 2010,
10,00

Interview

25

January 2010,
10,00

Rettorato

Biblioteca Annesi

Via S. Maria in Gradi n. 4

Viterbo



ECOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL
RESOURCES MANAGEMENT




Written test

26

January 2010,
9.00

Facoltà di Scienze MMFFNN

Aula Magna 2
-

Blocco B

Largo dell’Università

snc

Viterbo



Interview

27

January 2010,
9.00

Facoltà di Scienze MMFFNN

Aula 9
-

Blocco B

Largo dell’Università

snc

Viterbo





FOREST ECOLOGY




Written test

18

January 2010,
14.30

Facoltà di Agraria

Aula 12

Via S
. Camillo De Lellis snc

Viterbo





Inte
rview

19

January 2010,
11.30

Facoltà di Agraria

Dipartimento di Scienze
dell’ambiente forestale e delle
sue risorse

Via S
. Camillo De Lellis snc

Viterbo



ECONOMY AND TERRITOR
Y


Written test

27 January 2010,

9,30


Interview

28 January 2010,
10,00

Facolt
à di Agraria

Aula 3 del
Dipartimento di
Economia agroforestale e
dell’ambiente rurale

Via S
. Camillo De Lellis snc

Viterbo


BIOLOGICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL
EVOLUTION

Written test

21

January 2010,
10,00

Interview

22

January 2010,
10,00

Facoltà di Scienze MMF
FNN

Aula 10
-

Blocco B

Largo dell’Università

snc

Viterbo


GENETICS AND CELLULAR
BIOLOGY



Written test

26

January 2010,
9,30

Interview

28

January 2010,
9,30

Facoltà di Scienze MMFFNN

Aula 2

Largo dell’Università

snc

Viterbo

MEMORY AND MATTER OF ART
WORKS

THROUGH THEIR
PROCESS OF PRODUCTION,
HISTORICIZATION,
CONSERVATION AND
PRESERVATION

Written test

19

January 2010,
9,30

Interview

28

January 2010,
9,30

Facoltà di Conservazione dei

B
eni
Culturali

Largo dell’Università

snc

Viterbo


HORTICULTURE


Written te
st

25

January 2010,
9,00

Interview

28

January 2010,
9,
00

Facoltà di Agraria

Aula 12

Via S
. Camillo De Lellis snc

Viterbo



ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES


Written test

25

January 2010,
10,00

Interview

26

January 2010,
14,30

Facoltà di Agraria

Aula del Consiglio d
el
Dipartimento di Agrobiologia e
Agrochimica

Via S
. Camillo De Lellis snc

Viterbo

SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES
FOR THE FOREST AND
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT


Written test

20

January 2010,
10,00

Interview

22

January 2010,

9,00

Facoltà di Agraria

Via S
. Camill
o De Lellis snc

Viterbo

EUROPE HISTORY: SOCIETY,
POLITICS, INSTITUTIONS (19
th



20
th

CENTURY)


Written test

25
January 2010,

9,30

Interview

26 January 2010, 10,00

Facoltà di Con
servazione dei B
eni
Culturali

Aula Magna

Largo dell’Università

snc

Viterbo