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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A.A. 2020-21

The following requirements must be fulfilled for the admission to the Master in Cellular and Molecular Biology - Biologia Cellulare e Molecolare:

1. Possession of a Bachelor Degree (three-year first level degree) achieved in Italy (DM 509; DM 270) or other equivalent qualifications obtained from a foreign University and recognized as satisfactory by the Master Admission Committee. Candidates not yet holding a Bachelor Degree at the date of the Admission test, but that will graduate within December 2018 can submit their application.

2. Candidates holding an Italian Bachelor Degree other than L13-Biological Sciences or L2-Biotechnology must possess at least 60 credits in one or more of the following scientific areas (SSD): BIO/01, BIO/02, BIO/03, BIO/04, BIO/05, BIO/06, BIO/07, BIO/09, BIO/10, BIO/11, BIO/12, BIO/14, BIO/16, BIO/18, BIO/19, CHIM/01, CHIM/02, CHIM/03, CHIM/06, FIS/01-08, MAT/01-09, INF/01, ING-INF/05, MED/04, MED/42.

3. An adequate academic background (see Syllabus). This requirement will be verified through a written test that comprises 50 multiple choice questions. To be admitted, at least 60% of the proposed questions must be correctly answered. Let's see and try an example of the test

Knowledge in the following subjects will be assessed by the Admission test.

Structure and function of the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, excretory, genital endocrine and nervous systems. Structure and function of biological membranes. Diffusional fluxes

Reference material:

  • W. Bemis, W.F. Walker, K. Liem, 'Functional anatomy of the vertebrates: an Evolutionary Perspective',  4th edition, 2008, Thomson Brooks/Cole, or equivalent.
  • K. Saladin, 'Human Anatomy', 3rd edition, 2013, McGraw-Hill, or equivalent.
  • B. Alberts et al., 'Essential Cell Biology', 2013, 4th edition, Garland, or equivalent.
  • P. Willmer et al. 'Environmental Physiology of Animals', 2004, 2nd edition, Wiley-Blackwell, or equivalent.

Structure and function of proteins (allosteric regulation). Enzymes: basic concepts and mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis. Principles of bioenergetics and metabolic pathways. Basic methods for purification and characterization of proteins.

Reference material: one of the following books

  • D.L. Nelson, M.M. Cox, 'Lehninger, Principles of Biochemistry', 2012, 6th edition, W.H. Freeman 
  • C.K. Mathews, K.E. van Holde, Applin D.R., Anthony-Cahill S.J. 'Biochemistry', 2012, 4th edition, Pearson.
  • J.M. Berg, J.L. Tymoczko, L. Stryer 'Biochemistry', 2012, 7th edition, W.H. Freeman 
  • D. Voet, J.G. Voet, C.W. Pratt: 'Fundamentals of Biochemistry, 2012, 4th edition, Wiley.

Elements of cell communication and signal transduction. Cell junction and adhesion. Regulation of the cell cycle. Cell death and survival. Protein trafficking. Basic cell culture techniques.

Reference material:

Structure and function of eukaryotic cell (plasma membrane, organelles, mitosis, meiosis). General characteristics and functions of the main tissues (epithelial, connective, muscular, nervous). Immunohistochemistry.

Reference material:

  • J. Kerr, 'Functional Histology', 2010, 2nd edition, Elsevier, or equivalent.
  • R. Colombo, E. Olmo, 'Biologia - cellula e tessuti', 2014, Edi Ermes, or equivalent.

Common European Framework (CEF) B1 level.

Preparation of solutions. Basic knowledge of methods for solution and dilution. Notions of laboratory safety.

Reference material:

Structure and function of the prokaryotic cell. Microbial metabolism. Microbial growth. Microbial genetics. Basic knowledge of methods for cultivation, quantification, and identification of bacteria. Viruses: structures and replication strategies.

Reference material:

  • Brock 'Biology of Microorganisms', 2014, 14th edition, Pearson.

DNA and RNA structures. Structure of genomes. Replication, mutation and DNA repair. Transcription, RNA processing and protein synthesis. Principles of gene expression regulation. Basic recombinant DNA techniques. Genetic recombination and heredity. Fundamentals of population genetics. Basic knowledge of bioinformatics.

Reference material: one of the following books

  • R. Raven, G. Johnson, K. Mason, J. Losos, S. Singer, 'Genetica e Biologia molecolare', 2012, Piccin, or equivalent.
  •  biointeractive.org: educational and professionale resources online 
  • J.D. Watson et al. 'Recombinant DNA: Genes and Genomes - A Short Course', 3rd edition, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press  
  • T.A. Brown, 'Introduction to Genetics: A molecular Approach', 2011, Garland Science.

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