Medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology
Master course (2 years)

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Programme overview


The Master Degree in Medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology provides an advanced scientific preparation on biotechnology topics oriented to medicine and pharmacology through the acquisition of integrated skills at the biochemical, biological-molecular and cellular levels. The course also provides competencies for business creation and management.

Learning by doing

One of the peculiarities of the course is the wide involvement of students in practical laboratory activities. The teaching schedules of both years provide practical exercises and promote attendance in laboratories, where students carry out their thesis internship. Internships can be made in highly qualified university research laboratories, in companies of the biotechnology sector and in Centers of Excellence such as: Ospedale Policlinico San Martino-IRCCS, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Istituto Giannina Gaslini.

Career perspectives

A Master graduate ('dottore magistrale') in Biotechnology has high responsibility tasks in different fields such as diagnostic, bioengineering, bio-sanitary and pharmacological. He/she works in health service and in both public and private companies involved in biotechnological research and production of goods and services. His/her duties also concern the development and testing of innovative pharmacological products and of patent in the health field.


Freshers 2019/20

Degree type
Master course (2 years)
Duration and credits
Pharmaceutical, veterinary and medical biotechnologies.
Free access
Teaching language
Teaching mode
Taxes and fees
From 0 to 3000 euros per year. Find out if you are entitled to scholarships and exemptions
International partnerships
Student exchange
Head of programme
Paolo Malatesta

What you will learn

  • next generation sequencing

    decoding genome from A to G

  • neuroscience

    mechanisms regulating the nervous system biology

  • regenerative medicine

    engineering of cells and tissues

  • nanotechnology

    manipulation of matter on atomic and molecular scale

  • gene therapy

    use of genes for treating diseases

  • cancer biology

    molecular mechanisms of tumors and its microenvironment


The Master degree in Medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology has the goal of providing students with an advanced knowledge in the medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology field. The course is taught in English, the native language for such a new subject, allowing our students to be able to easily interact with colleagues from all over the world.

Starting from the fundamentals acquired in the Bachelor degree, the Master course addresses the latest and advanced topics and techniques, teaching technologies such as deep sequencing, proteomics, genomics, nanotechnologies, cancer immunology, stem cells for tissue repairing, molecular pathology, developmental neurobiology, organ biochemistry and diagnostic technologies.

Head of programme

Paolo Malatesta
Dear Students, the Master degree course in Medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology is designed to provide a quality leap in your education. From your Bachelor course you learnt the basics of a discipline that in the recent years underwent to exponential growth. Now it's time to go in depth. The Course is mainly focused on molecular aspects of oncology, immunology and neuroscience, and is planned to promote a strong interaction between students and excellent laboratories in the University, in the Italian Institute of Technology and in two health care and research institutes: -IRCCS- Policlinico San Martino and Istituto Giannina Gaslini. I hope that the next two years represent for you an exciting experience and an open door towards a rewarding job or a prestigious PhD programme.

Paolo Malatesta
Head of Programme

Where to find us

Head office and student administration offices
CBA Center of Advanced Biotechnology
Ospedale Policlinico San Martino
Largo Rosanna Benzi 10
16132 Genova

Classrooms and didactics in Ospedale San Martino area
Polo Didattico Biomedico ex-Saiwa
Corso Gastaldi 161
16132 Genova

Polo Alberti
Via L.B. Alberti 4
16132 Genova

Polo Didattico Chirurgico e Istituto di Anatomia
Via de Toni
16132 Genova

Success stories

Federico Tortelli
I've studied Medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology at the University of Genoa, where I've also earned a PhD in Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Despite the strong personal connection with Genova, with my family, friends and colleagues, I decided to follow on my research activities abroad. I followed my academic career in Switzerland as a researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne before obtaining a position as a Preclinical Pharmacology Team Leader at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Basel where I have been working for four years.

Federico Tortelli
Preclinical Pharmacology Team Leader at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Basel

During my life as a researcher in the biomedical and pharmaceutical field I had the opportunity and the chance to explore different aspects of regenerative and translational medicine such as bone and skin regeneration, the engineering of matrices for the administration of growth factors and development of translational models of skeletal tissue diseases and chronic illnesses such as diabetic and venous ulcers. My interests have never been focused on one particular aspect of regenerative medicine but, on the contrary, to a more holistic and overarching view of diverse problems associated with complex and chronic degenerative diseases. This non-reductionist approach, together with knowledge in cellular and molecular biology acquired during my studies at the University of Genoa, has helped my career as Team Leader in Novartis. Indeed, my team is now working on several drug discovery projects to validate new molecular targets and develop drugs for unmet medical needs. Our goal is to positively impact on quality of life of patients suffering from diseases for which there are not approved and effective therapies. I have good memories of the University of Genoa and in particular of the Degree in Medical-pharmaceutical biotechnologies. I had the opportunity to discover the fascinating world of scientific research by following theoretical courses as well as by learning practical experimental activities in the labs, where I was lucky enough to meet special people, both from a professional and a human point of view. During all the course I felt part of a big family, and I will always thank everyone, from the former president of the course Ranieri Cancedda, to the educational manager Enrico Zeraschi and to the whole Regenerative medicine laboratory where I spent most of my studies. I wish to the new Biotechnology students to have fun as I did during their studies. I wish them to have equal opportunities and the necessary courage in making decisions which are sometimes difficult, such as deciding to live abroad or keep fighting to get positions in Italy as some friends have successfully done. I wish them to follow their instincts, even if sometimes with fear; listen critically to those you meet in university classrooms and work hard to understand yourself and your passions. There will be a thousand paths that you can undertake, perhaps you will never understand which one is your but if you explore with enthusiasm, positivity and a pinch of irrationality you will certainly find something interesting every day. Do not forget to do nothing once in a while, just relax and enjoy life, and if one day you will believe you know everything you wanted to know, well, change your job.
Roberta Tasso
I studied Biotechnology at the University of Genoa and currently I'm working at San Martino Hospital in Genoa as a researcher supported by a Project funded by the Ministry of Health and dedicated to young researchers. Throughout my undergraduate education, I had the unique opportunity to develop a strong interdisciplinary background spanning a range of different areas and applications in the field of biotechnology. My research project deals with the study of stem/progenitor cells and with the development of therapeutic approaches based on the use of stem cells. My interest is particularly focused on the analysis of the so-called stem cell 'secretome', that is the set of bioactive proteins and vesicular components that play a key role in mediating the regenerative and beneficial effects exerted by this cell source. This approach could pave the way for the development of safer therapeutic strategies based on the use of cell-released factors replacing the use of the cells themselves.

Roberta Tasso
Researcher financed by a Project of the Ministry of Health at the Policlinico San Martino Hospital in Genoa

The biotechnology studies at UniGe allowed me to deepen my knowledge in various biomedical fields such as immunology, pharmacology, biology and regenerative medicine. Overall, this cultural baggage helped me and continues to help me daily to do my job. The memories related to the university period are among the happiest of my life and are linked not only to teachings and subjects, but also to the friendly environment that has established between colleagues and that has laid the foundations for the building of solid friendships.

Learn more

Course Coordinator
Paolo Malatesta
+39 010 5558403

Course Manager
Enrico Zeraschi
+39 010 5558266