The PhD programme in Neurobiology involves several partners primarely located in Trieste and in Italy. Our scientific projects are based on an extenive network of collaborations with international institutes in Europe, USA, China, Japan and Saudi Arabia. These are the italian institutions involved in the PhD programme:

Università di Trieste 

In a recent national evaluation (CIVR), the University of Trieste ( ) ranked #1 for Nanotechnology and #2 for Chemistry among the mid-size Italian Universities. In the last decades the University of Trieste has reinforced its specialization towards research, education & training especially in the fields of life sciences, biotechnology and translational health research. The University of Trieste, amongst Italian Universities, has the highest percentage of foreign students, who come from as much as 77 different Countries, and is actively involved in contributing to further Europe enlargement and integration of Central Europe Countries through the Central European Initiative.

Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa

The IIT Foundation ( was established at the end of 2003  and its mission is the   promotion  Italy's technological development and advanced education. IIT  carries out advanced training in Robotics, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience and Drug Discovery.  The PhD progamme in Neurobiology  at SISSA has several joint projects with IIT at a national and international level in Neuroscience,  Nanothnology,  Nanophotonics and Imaging. Facilities at IIT will be open to PhD students involved in these joint projects.

ELETTRA Synchrotron Light Laboratory

ELETTRA  ( is a national synchrotron laboratory located in Basovizza on the outskirts of Trieste. The facility, available for use by the Italian and international scientific communities, houses several ultra bright light sources, which use the synchrotron and free electron laser (FEL) sources to produce light ranging from ultraviolet to X-rays.

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto Officina dei Materiali

IOM (Institute for Materials Manufacturing) is an institute of the National Research Council (CNR), the main Italian public research organisation. It promotes, coordinates and carries out fundamental and applied research activities in the field of physics of matter, through a wide network of research centres based at Italian Universities and at large international research laboratories. TASC (, former National Laboratory of CNR-INFM, is now the headquarters of CNR-IOM with a mission of providing advanced instrumentation and methods for supporting experimental projects in nanoscience and material science for the Italian community of physics of matter.

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Biophysics Institute

The Biophysics Institute (IBF) ( mission is to apply methodologies and techniques typical of the physical sciences to the study of the structure and functions of biological systems. Over the years, biophysics has firmly established itself as a fundamental discipline whose contributions have gone well beyond the mere application of physical techniques to the study of living systems. It plays a crucial role in the development of new methodologies and establishes ever closer links with other frontier areas of the biological and medical sciences (structure-function relations in biological molecules, molecular biology, bioenergetics, bioinformatics). This evolution has  widened the range of skills required of the individual researcher and has increased the need for teams with diversified specialisations, who are able to tackle problems of ever increasing complexity using complementary approaches.

University of Nova Gorica, School of Biomedical Sciences

The University of Nova Gorica (UNG) is the first case of public-private partnership in the field of Higher Education in Slovenia. University of Nova Gorica is an independent, research oriented and student friendly university, where education is promoted by knowledge transfer from researchers to students, with a clear applicative perspective. Collaboration between Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering of UNG and SISSA further strength establishment of new scientific community beyond local national borders, in a newly identified enlarged scientific region.

University of Leiden Medical School

The LUMC is a modern knowledge centre. The more than 7000 staff members of the LUMC are passionate about improving patient care through scientific research. We offer courses of instruction and continuing education to train doctors for this purpose. The LUMC focuses on top clinical and highly specialised care: the complex medical issues for which there are often not yet any answers. With patient care and research labs under one roof, patients, doctors and researchers collaborate to develop new treatment methods. 

University of Antwerp, Department of Biomedical Sciences

UA is a young, dynamic and forward-thinking university. It is a merger (2003) of 3 former universities (RUCA, UFSIA, UIA) and ranked 14th among the “Top 50 Universities Under 50 years” in 2014. With over 1200 PhD students, 600 tenured professors, 300 assistants and 2900 tenured researchers, UA produces 3600+ publications/year. The EC awarded UA the “HR Excellence in Research” quality label. Since 2011, 85 EC projects (FP7, H2020) started at UA.  

University of Rijeka, Biotechnology Department

The mission of the Department is to educate highly qualified biotechnology experts to benefit human health, science and economy for the entire community in Croatia and abroad. The Department of Biotechnology strives to provide the best education and research through recruitment and retention of best teachers, scientists and students, by providing the best infrastructure and engaging in collaborative worldwide exchange with the best centers of higher education and research. The establishment of the Department is in accordance with the adopted strategy of the University of Rijeka,which stresses the need to build the research profile of the University and the importance of biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology. 

Institute of Medical and Physical Medicine, Gervasutta Hospital, Udine


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