PhD School in Pharmacological Sciences

The mission of the 3 year PhD Course in Pharmacological Sciences is to prepare new young generation of scientists with a solid background in the field of Molecular Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacoepidemiology and Toxicology. To this purposes the PhD scholar program is organized in two parallel curricula:

- Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics


Research lines - Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

- Neuro-degenerative disorders: molecular mechanisms, genetics, and studies of therapeutic interventions

- Autonomic nervous system on bronchial function, new pharmacological agents.

- Enteric nervous system and immune system, search for therapeutic targets .

- Cardiovascular diseases, aging, gender and pharmacological responses

- Antitumoral compounds and mechanisms in drug resistance

- Metabolomics and lipidomics studies to the identification of new drug targets

- Immune system and search for molecular pharmacological targets

- Pharmacological modulation of chronic inflammatory diseases

- Medicinal plants as source of pharmacological agents

- Phenotyping/genotyping and therapeutic monitoring to develop new diagnostic screening tests

- Pharmacokinetic studies in healthy and disease

Research lines - Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

- Critical care therapy. Pain therapies, both intensive and hyperbaric.

- Risk prevention and occupational medicine

- Environmental toxicology xenobiotics in the urban water cycle

- Development of new environmentally friendly and species-selective pesticides

- Clinical pharmacology and  therapeutic drug monitoring

- Pharmacoepidemiology

- Pharmacoeconomics

- Pharmacovigilance


Students will choose a research project as proposed by members of the teaching staff involved in the School and they will be supervised by an experienced tutor, with the possibility to add an external tutor.

The PhD programme offers interdisciplinary seminars, and additional training in presentation seminars and workshops ithus preparing doctoral candidates for work in international and multidisciplinary environments.

At the end of three years, students are required to present the PhD thesis describing their experimental work, which will be assessed by a commission of experts. The final dissertation will confer the title of Research Doctor, or Doctor Europaeus if special conditions are met (thesis written in English, research work in another European country for a minimum of 3 months and dissertation at international examination panel).


Piero Maestrelli, PhD director, Department of Cardiological Thoracic and vascular Sciencesc, University of Padova. L.go Meneghetti 2, 35131 Padova, Italy

Daniela Strafella, PhD secretary, Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, University of Padova, Lgo Meneghetti 2, 35131 Padova, Italy
e-mail: daniela.strafella@unipd