The scientific mission of the Institute of Life Sciences covers two macro-areas:
- Agricultural Sciences and Plant Biotechnology
- Biomedical Sciences
Our aim is to provide a multifaceted and challenging scientific environment to a broad spectrum of students: undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD. Courses and research activities span from classical and molecular human and plant biology to preclinical and clinical sciences, plant biotechnology, food quality and nutraceutics, agroecology and agrobiodiversity, and novel sustainable agricultural systems. Strong emphasis is placed on technological innovation.
Lecturers have strong scientific expertise often acquired in a multidisciplinary international environment.
Research carried out in the macro-area Agricultural Sciences and plant Biotechnology addresses two main domains: plant sciences and agronomy, with a focus on various aspects of plant biology, food and energy crops, agrobiodiversity, and agroecosystem management.
Research carried out in the macro-area of Biomedical Sciences addresses the physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system, the development of new diagnostic techniques, and the application of nanotechnology to medicine.
The crop genetics team at Sant’Anna Shool keeps collaborating with Ethiopian smallholder farmers to explore new paths to crop breeding for local adaptation. In a new study recently just published in Communications Biology, the Sant’Anna team worked with international institutions and with 1.165 local farmers demonstrating that farmers’ traditional knowledge can be combined with genomic and climatic data to increase the genetic gain associated to prediction accuracy of wheat performance in challenging farming conditions
The Master course is jointly organized by four public Universities of Tuscany, namely the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Sant’Anna School) of Pisa (coordinator), the University of Pisa, the University of Siena and the University for Foreigners of Siena. A strict collaboration is also established with the Italian Association of Sommelier (AIS) that is in charge of delivering, within the activities of the Master, the Sommelier AIS Diploma
A new call is open with 28 additional positions in order to award scholarships for Ph.D. courses on the topics of Innovation or Green, linked to sustainable and inclusive development, with particular attention to defense of biodiversity, reduction of the impact of climate change, diffusion of the circular economy, promotion of sustainable development. The new call is in implementation of Italian Ministerial Decree no. 1061/2021, on FSE REACT-EU funding in the framework of PON “Ricerca e Innovazione” 2014-2020 (Azione IV.4 e Azione IV.5)