Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences
The Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences (Biometec) is composed of seven sections: Medical Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, Microbiology, General Pathology, Anatomy and Histology, Biology and Genetics.
The management and central administration are located at the Biological Tower, Via Santa Sofia 97. In the same building are the sections of Medical Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, Microbiology and General Pathology. The sections of Human Anatomy and Histology and of Biology and Genetics are in Via Santa Sofia 87.
The academic staff of the department consists of more than 80 members, engaged in teaching programs of Medicine, Dentistry, Biotechnology, Motor Sciences, Pharmacy Biology, Physiotherapy, Orthoptics and Occupational Therapy. Furthermore, the teaching activity includes master courses in the biomedical field, three international PhD courses (Neuroscience, Basic and Applied Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology), and Residencies (Clinical Biochemistry and Pathology, Medical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical Genetics, Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Microbiology and Virology, Nutrition Sciences).
The research objectives of the Department range from the fundamental study of the structure and functions of membrane proteins to the research of physiology of the cardiovascular and nervous system of mammals and to translational projects concerning health, exercise and disease in humans. Basic research is carried out with a clinical perspective, aimed at improving the diagnostic and therapeutic systems available today for patients. Therefore, research is often conducted in collaboration with other researchers and clinical departments. The Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences receives funding from both national and international bodies; moreover, cooperation with industry is relevant to our research, since it also aims to contribute, directly or indirectly, to generating economic development.