Research areas at unipd

At the University of Padova, 32 Departments are responsible for carrying out both scientific research and teaching activities. It pursues the widest research scope in the light of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research. Research areas have here been listed by Department in order to make information more accessible. Each Department has been grouped by its main scientific domain: Life Sciences (LS), Physical Sciences and Engineering (PE), Social Sciences and Humanities (SH).

At the University of Padova 13 Departments have been selected as Departments of Excellence of Italian universities: they are among the 180 beneficiaries of a national award, which consists in a five-year special funding provided by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Research and University) as to strengthen and enhance  excellence in research and teaching. This recognition is assigned to those departments that stand out for the quality of the research carried out and for the quality of their scientific development project.

Researchers working at the University of Padova can be found through a dedicated database, which allows you to identify the researchers’ surname and Department. A complete list of their publications is available in the Padova Research Archive.



  DB (Department of Biology)

  • Biochemistry
  • Mitochondrial Biochemistry, Biology and Physiopathology
  • Biophysics and Molecular and Cellular Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular Biology of Plants
  • Cellular, Vascular and Tumor Biology
  • Developmental Biology and Morphogenesis
  • Biology and Systematics of algae and higher plants
  • Evolutionary Biology of Arthropods
  • Molecular Biology
  • Regulatory Biology and Translational Genetics
  • Botany
  • Ecoetology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Philosophy and History of Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Physiology and Experimental Zoology
  • Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants
  • Photosynthesis and plant biotechnology
  • Molecular human genetics
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Functional Genomics
  • Neurogenetics and Chronobiology
  • Palinology and Archaeobotany
  • General Pathology
  • Cell proliferation

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DB has been recognized as one of the 180 Italian Departments of Excellence

  BCA (Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science)

Animal Science


Computational Biology

Infective Diseases of Domestic Animals

Inspection of Animal Source Foods

Veterinary Anatomical Pathology and General Pathology

Veterinary Anatomy

Veterinary Bioethics

Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology

Veterinary Physiology and Ethology



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BCA has been recognized as one of the 180 Italian Departments of Excellence

  DIMED (Department of Medicine)


Pathological anatomy

  • morphological and molecular characterization of tumors, preneoplastic lesions and their microenvironment (gastrointestinal tract, liver, soft tissue, thyroid, head and neck tumors and pediatric tumors)
  • Barrett's esophagus: epidemiology and natural history
  • inflammatory diseases of the liver, with particular regard to the viral hepatitis of the adulo and of the pediatric age and to the mechanisms of their progression


  • anesthesia and pharmacology in the obese patient and in transplant surgery
  • paint therapy


  • oncological and immune-mediated dermatological diseases: study of pathogenetic mechanisms and innovative therapeutic approaches


  • onco-haematological diseases with particular reference to chronic lymphoproliferative diseases


  • functional and neoplastic diseases (thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, testicle)
  • phospho-calcium and osteo metabolism and sarcopenia in the elderly
  • adrenal tumors: study of the molecular mechanisms responsible for arterial hypertension and sudden death
  • andrology and assisted reproduction


  • acute and chronic liver disease
  • cirrhosis and portal hypertension
  • hepatocellular carcinoma
  • liver transplantation

Experimental pharmacology and oncology

  • animal models for the study of oncogenesis and the development of new targeted therapies
  • molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis


  • lipid metabolism and cardiovascular complications
  • neuro-cognitive decay and dementia
  • impact of chronic diseases on disability
  • prognostic indices in the frail elderly
  • functional assessment of physical activity in the elderly


  • anatomical and functional imaging with particular regard to advanced metabolic imaging
  • vascular and interventional radiology
  • national reference center for the catheterization of adrenal veins in the subtyping of primary aldosteronism


  • immunology
  • autoimmune and musculoskeletal rheumatic diseases
  • immunological and molecular mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis


  • endocrine mechanisms of arterial hypertension
  • rare forms of hypertension
  • optimization of diagnostic algorithms for the identification of secondary hypertensions
  • prevention and treatment of arterial hypertension and its complications

Metabolic diseases

  • experimental diabetology
  • pathophysiology and clinic of diabetes mellitus
  • complications and therapy of diabetes and obesity in pregnancy
  • obesity and metabolic syndrome
  • diseases of bone metabolism

Vascular and haemostatic diseases

  • bleeding and thrombotic, congenital and acquired disorders
  • platelet disorders
  • rare haemostatic diseases
  • pathogenesis of arterosclerotic disease and its relationships with risk factors, in particular dyslipidemia

Sports Medicine

  • functional assessment, exercise prescription and motor activity in the various chronic diseases
  • group medicine

Laboratory medicine

  • development of quality indicators and performance criteria
  • pre-intra-post analytical problems of liquid biopsy
  • development of management algorithms to improve the appropriateness of the clinical request for laboratory tests
  • serological and molecular markers of pancreatic, gastric, colorectal and prostate cancer
  • clinical, physiopathological and diagnostic aspects of H. Pylori infection, and correlations with the development of gastric tumors
  • serological markers of celiac disease and chronic inflammatory bowel diseases


  • kidney failure
  • dialysis and cardiovascular complications of dialysis
  • cardiovascular complications of kidney transplantation
  • molecular and biochemical mechanisms of rare kidney diseases (Fabry, Gitelman, Bartter)


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DIMED has been recognizes as one of the 180 Italian Departments of Excellence

  MAPS (Department of Animal Medicin, Pructions and Health)


Animal Sciences and Technologies

  • Breeding techniques for livestock aimed at improving animal welfare and quality of production
  • Feeding and breeding of pets
  • Development of analytical techniques for assessing the quality and safety of food for humans and animals

Veterinary Pathology and Inspection of Food of Animal Origins

  • Research and typing of thermophilic Campylobacter and VTEC E. coli in the cow and buffalo milk production chain
  • Study and development of analytical methods for the determination of species in fishery products for the purpose of fraud prevention
  • Study on the penetration of Salmonella spp., From the inside surface of the shell, into artificially contaminated eggs

Infectious and Parasitic Diseases of Animals

  • emerging zoonoses, also transmitted by vectors
  • antibiotic resistance
  • virosis (PRRSV and PCV2) of pigs in intensive farming
  • avian respiratory virosis
  • parasitic vector-borne diseases
  • parasites of marine mammals and aquatic organisms
  • equine parasitosis and anthelmintic resistance

Medical Clinic and Veterinary Pharmacology

  • hereditary and genetic diseases of cattle
  • metabolic and nutritional diseases of ruminants
  • diagnostics for images of domestic and exotic animals
  • welfare of farm animals
  • cardiovascular diseases of domestic animals
  • echocardiographic evolution of stents and valvular prostheses in experimental animals

Clinical Surgical And Veterinary Obstetrics

  • renal xenograft of the transgenic pig to non-human primates
  • stem cell transplantation in the ischemic liver of the rat
  • hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury and new therapeutic strategies in the pig
  • innovative surgical techniques in pets
  • control of reproduction in companion animals and unconventional species using Deslorelin
  • improvement of assisted reproduction techniques in livestock and pets
  • biotechnologies of reproduction in productive and companion animals


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  DSB (Department of Biomedical Sciences)




Cell Signaling


Mitochondrial pathophysiology


Muscle Physiology in Health and Disease


Medical Biotechnology


Physical Activity and Health


Inflammation and Immunity


Computational and Structural Biology


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  DCTV (Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences and Public Health)


Pathological Anatomy

  • Structural and molecular bases of deathsudden cardiac
  • Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy etiopathogenesis
  • Pathology of Cardiac Transplantation
  • Molecular Pathology and Medicine
  • Regenerative
  • Pathological bases of heart disease structural
  • Cardiac innervation
  • Biomarkers and microenvironment study in chest neoplasms
  • Morphological and molecular bases of the interstitial lung diseases
  • Pathology of Lung Transplantation 

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Public Health

  • Machine learning Technique (MLT) e Data Mining
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trials
  • Nutraceuticals and Nutrition
  • Pharmacoepidemiology


  • Hemodynamic structural therapy of valvulopathies: clinicoemodynamic correlations
  • Functional evaluation of stenoses coronary
  • Percutaneous treatment of the disease of the common trunk
  • Antithrombotic therapy in syndromes acute coronary
  • Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy: clinical and instrumental evaluation, genotype-phenotype correlation, arrhythmic risk stratification
  • Sudden death in athletes: clinical-instrumental study
  • Inflammatory myocardial diseases e pericardium
  • Ischemic heart disease: study of pathophysiological mechanisms by cardiac magnetic resonance
  • Cardiac pathology of microcirculation in systemic diseases and in transplantation cardiac
  • Evaluation standardization of myocardial deformation by echocardiography
  • Use of cardiovascular hybridization advanced to optimize the use of implantable defibrillators for the primary prevention of death sudden in patients with structural and reduced heart disease left ventricular function
  • Evaluation of pathophysiology e hemodynamic severity of functional tricuspid insufficiency and its implications in cardiology structural interventional
  • Prognostic value of the analysis quantity of geometry and function of the right ventricle and its functional adaptations to the different ones hemodynamic overloads
  • Mitral valve geometry in functional failure and its implications for the development of a implantable biological prosthesis transcatheter
  • Thrombophilias and cardiovascular diseases 

Cardiac Surgery

  • Development of a bioengineered heart
  • Development of valve substitutes bioengineered
  • Development of arterial substitutes bioengineered
  • Clinical result in surgical treatment of heart failure: transplantation of heart and mechanical assistance
  • New technologies in surgical therapy e transcatheter (minimally invasive cardiac surgery) for the correction of cardiovascular pathologies

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

  • Decellularized valves
  • Preservation of the pulmonary valve in TOF
  • Evaluation of biochemical markers of damage neurological and pulmonary during Extracorporeal circulation and correlations clinics
  • Cardiac surgery in patients with heart disease congenital complex in adulthood
  • Clinical outcomes in patients operated for complex congenital heart disease in pediatric age

Thoracic Surgery

  • COPD and lung cancer
  • Surgery of the trachea, bronchi and fistulas tracheooesophageal
  • Thymic disorders and robotic surgery
  • Lung transplant and techniques of ex vivo organ preservation
  • Stage lung cancer surgery locally advanced
  • Multimodal treatment of mesothelioma malignant pleura 

Vascular Surgery

  • Aneurysmal and post-traumatic pathology of the thoracic aorta: new solutions of treatment and management of complications
  • Obliterative arteriopathy of the aortoiliac and peripheral axes: physiopathology and new therapeutic solutions
  • Aneurysmal pathology of the arteries peripherals
  • Abdominal aorta pathology: therapeutic solutions, management of complications
  • Pathology of supra-aortic trunks e pathophysiology of insufficiency cerebrovascular
  • Pathophysiology, hemodynamics and solutions operating in vascular accesses for hemodialysis
  • Thoracic aorta and thoracoabdominal dissection 

Hygiene and Public Health

  • Epidemiology of chronic diseases e diffusive, disease prevention infectious in the nosocomial and community context
  • Population studies
  • Evaluation of Health Services and Health Promotion
  • Hygiene and applied microbiology 

Occupational Medicine

  • Environmental pneumopathies
  • BIOAGE in environmental and occupational expositions: telomeres and telomerase
  • Environment gene interaction in the development of environmental and professional tumors
  • Arthropoprosthetic cobaltosis and toxicity of cobalt
  • Neurofibromatosis type 1 
  • Chemical markers for the exposure to wood dust evaluation 

Forensic Medicine

  • Diagnostics and monitoring of acute, chronic and lethal intoxications from xenobiotic
  • Application of omics technologies in medical and forensic field
  • Microradiology in anthropology and forensic pathology
  • Histopathology, toxicology and biology in the postmortal diagnosis of occupational disease 


  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): pathogenetic mechanisms and clinical outcomes
  • Bronchial asthma: pathogenetic mechanisms and natural history of the disease
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and other interstitial lung diseases
  • Respiratory disorders associated with diseases neuromuscular and non-invasive ventilation

  DISCOG (Department of Oncological and Gastroenterological Surgical Sciences)


Basic and Translational Oncology and Tumor Immunology

Clinical Oncology

Digestive and Liver Diseases


Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine




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  DSF (Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences)


Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacognosy

Medicinal Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Technology and Drug Delivery


Pharmaceutical Biology

Regenerative Medicine


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  DFA (Department of Physics and Astronomy “Galileo Galilei”)


Astronomy, astrophysics, physics of the Earth and the Planets

  • AGN and Cosmology
  • High Energy Multimessenger Astrophysics
  • Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Formation and evolution of galaxies
  • Formation and evolution of galaxies and clusters
  • Study from the Earth and from the space of the objects of the Solar System
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Stellar populations
  • Structure and dynamics of galaxies 

Experimental Physics of Fundamental Interactions

  • Astroparticle Physics: neutrino physics; Matter and Dark Energy; Gravitational Waves
  • Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics
  • Elementary particle Physics

Theoretical Physics of Fundamental Interactions

  • Theoretical Physics 

Experimental Matter Physics

  • Biophysics and Opto-Nanobiotechnology
  • Semiconductor and advanced crystal physics
  • NanoStructure Group
  • LaFSI – Laboratory of surface physics and interfaces 

Theoretical Matter Physics

  • Statistical Physics of complex and biological systems
  • Numerical theories and simulations for condensed matter ant quantum sciences


Applied Physics, Didactics and History of Physics

  • Medical Physics
  • History of Physics and Scientific instrumentation
  • Research Group in Didactics of Physics and Astronomy


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DFA has been recognized as one of the 180 Italian Departments of Excellence

  Department of Geosciences


Deep Earth and Planets

Depositional systems, evolution of the Biosphere, Past Life and Deep Time

Applied mineralogy, petrography and geophysics

Geomorphological processes, natural resources and geological hazards


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  DEI (Department of Information Engineering)


Applied Optics



Computer Engineering




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DEI has been recognized as one of the 180 Italian Departments of Excellence

  DII (Department of Industrial Engineering)


Bioengineering, biotechnology and health technologies



Electrical systems engineering


Mechanical systems engineering

Management and Entrepreneurship


Safe and sustainable mobility

Industrial process and products

Environmental and industrial safety

  DISC (Department of Chemical Sciences)


 Life Chemistry

  • Synthesis and analysis
  • Studies of photosynthetic systems via optic and magnetic spectroscopies

Environment, Energy and Cultural Heritage

  • Development and application of chemical methods to technologies for the production and storage of energy
  • Environment control
  • Cultural heritage conservation

Materials, Nanomaterials and Surfaces

  • Synthesis of functionalized organic, inorganic and hybrid materials
  • Development of functional materials with controlled chemical, optic, electric, magnetic properties
  • Studies of interfaces, films and supported nanoparticles

Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanochemistry

  • Supramolecular systems and colloidal chemistry
  • Self-assembly of nanostructures and nanoparticles 

Synthesis, Catalysis and Reactivity

  • Synthesis and characterization of homogeneous/heterogeneous catalysts
  • Coordination chemistry
  • Organic synthesis, electrosynthesis

Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

  • Molecular modeling
  • In silico characterization
  • Molecular dynamics and reactivity
  • Quantum and statistical methods
  • Computational spectroscopy


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DISC has been recognized as one of the 180 Italian Departments of Excellence

  DTG (Department of Management and Engineering)


Mechanical Design and Machine Construction

  • Material mechanics
  • Damage mechanics
  • Analysis of the states of tension and deformation of mechanical components, even in operation
  • Development and implementation of fatigue and fracture design methodologies for innovative building materials, with particular reference to polymer matrix composite materials
  • Development of methodologies for monitoring structural integrity using multifunctional materials

Mechanics Applied to Machines

  • functional design of mechanisms and automatic machines
  • study of vibratory phenomena in machines, aimed at both controlling unwanted vibrations and optimizing vibration generation systems;
  • kinematic and dynamic modelling of mechanisms, mechatronic systems and robots, also operated by cables;
  • planning and control of the motion of both rigid and deformable mechanical systems;
  • synthesis of state estimators for multibody systems using full or reduced order models
  • application of robotics in the industrial and medical fields

Statistics and Operations Research

  • design of experiments
  • big data analytics
  • machine learning
  • artificial intelligence
  • non parametric statistics
  • conjoint analysis
  • ranking and selection
  • simulation and optimization in industrial and healthcare environments
  • biostatistics

Engineering Management and Economics

  • Operations and supply chain management
  • management of new product development
  • knowledge management
  • product customization management
  • risk management
  • serve management
  • marketing
  • innovation management
  • business systems and economy
  • business strategy and models
  • lean management
  • project management

Electrical and Information Engineering

  • power electronic devices and systems
  • electric machines and drives
  • electrotechnics and industrial applications of plasmas
  • industrial IT
  • electrical measurements and electromagnetic compatibility
  • automation and robotic systems for rehabilitation
  • conversion systems for renewable energy

Mechanical Industrial Plants

  • design of both production-service and logistic systems
  • management of production and logistic systems
  • ergonomics and safety
  • maintenance
  • industrial logistics and supply chain network
  • automatic, integrated and flexible logistic-production systems 

Mechanical Technology

  • production technologies and precision measurement manufactures
  • forming of metals and polymers
  • concurrent design of product and process
  • additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping
  • dimensional metrology for industrial production
  • micromatching technologies and systems

Mathematical Analysis and Geometry

  • algebraic varieties in finite fields
  • general combinatorial structures or immersed in projective spaces
  • manifold harmonic analysis
  • study of multipliers and spectral projectors associated with laplacians on spheres and nilpotent groups
  • study of finite dimensional quantum models: controllability for networks with symmetries and problems of minimum time 


  • applied acoustics
  • energy management
  • energy analysis of industrial and building systems
  • heat recovery
  • absorption systems
  • two phase heat exchange
  • thermophysical properties of refrigerants
  • nanofluids
  • refrigeration
  • alternative fuels
  • hydraulics
  • hydromechanical transmissions for vehicular applications
  • industrial fans
  • combustion instability


  • industrial metallurgical processes (iron and steel, foundry, welding, powder metallurgy) and their simulation
  • ferrous alloys (carbon and stainless steels, cast irons) and non ferrous alloys (aluminium, magnesium, titanium alloys)
  • innovative materials (metal matrix composites, semi-solid cast alloys)


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DTG has been recognized as one of the 180 Italian Departments of Excellence



  DBC (Department of Cultural Heritage: Archeology, History of Art, Cinema and Music)


Theater, Music and Cinema

Theory, methods and criticism of Cultural Heritage

History, Art and Material Culture

Territorial planning, protection and enhancement of the Cultural Heritage

Applied technologies to Cultural Heritage

Landscapes, settlements and architecture from prehistory to the contemporary

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  FISPPA (Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology)



  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Aesthetics and Theoretical
  • Philosophy of Logic, Science and Language


  • Intercultural Relations
  • Innovation and Social change
  • Structural Processes and Social Transformations
  • Religion and Spirituality


  • Educational skills in formal, non-formal and informal contexts
  • Basic and applied pedagogical research
  • Educational and didactic research
  • Historical research in the education field
  • Occupational Pedagoy and adult education
  • Research, training and evaluation in schools, in Higher Education and in social contexts
  • Education and families


  • Analysis of psychosocial processes
  • Psycho-social and cultural constructions
  • Occupational and organization psychology
  • Psychotherapy and clinical interventions modelling
  • Life and professional design
  • Evolutionary psychology


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  DSEA (Department of Economics and Management “Marco Fanno”)


Banking and finance

Business and economic of crime

Corporate social responsibility

Development economics

Economic analysis in an historical perspective

Economic geography and regional economics

Economics and management of innovation

Energy and environmental economics and management

Financial accounting

Game theory and industrial economics

Governance, disclosure and performance

Health economics

International business

Knowledge management and entrepreneurship

Labour economics and economics of ageing


Microeconomic theory

Operations and supply chain management

Organization and human resource management

Public economics


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DSEA has been recognized as one of the 180 Italian Departments of Excellence

  DISSGEA (Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World)



Cultural Studies

Institutions, Policies, Justice



Gender Studies





Global and Area Studies

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DISSGEA has been recognized as one of the 180 Italian Departments of Excellence

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