International PhD College Students

International PhD students participating in PhD research programs in Departments of the University of Bologna may compete for admission to the IPhDC. Selection is carried out yearly at the beginning of new PhD Course and is based on merit, curriculum vitae et studiorum and motivation to collaborate outside the specific research field in interdisciplinary activities. PhD admitted students are provided free accommodation and access to ISA facilities.

Priyanka Rao

Priyanka Rao

PhD program in Health, Safety and Green Systems - XXXVII cycle

University of Master's Degree: Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Indian Space Research Organization, India

Short bio: I received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of Rajasthan, India. Further, I received Master of Technology (M.Tech) degree in Remote Sensing & GIS with a specialization in Urban and Regional Studies from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Indian Space Research Organization, India. Currently, I am a PhD research scholar in Health, Safety, and Green Systems at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Bologna, Italy. My active research interests are Urban greenSpaces, Urban Climate, Urban Landscape, Spatio-temporal and Big Data Analysis, Satellite Image Analysis, Machine Learning, and Geo-Data Visualization.

Research interests: urban greenery, remote sensing, GIS, big data, healthy cities, urban regeneration, urban climate

Supervisor: Stefania Toselli - Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor SciencesDaniele Torreggiani - Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Yitagele Terefe Mekonnen

Yitagele Terefe Mekonnen

PhD program in Animal Production and Food Safety - XXXVII cycle

University of Master's Degree: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium -  Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Short bio: I am working as instructor and researcher in Haramaya University, Ethiopia. I am a veterinarian with MSc degrees in Veterinary public health and Tropical animal Health and control of zoonosis. During my previous academic and research trainings, I acquired knowledge and skills on molecular epidemiology of foodborne pathogens in the “One Health” prospective. I have experience on microbiological and molecular tools for the detection and quantification of food borne pathogens. I have a strong interest on academic and research that will equip my scientific career with the necessary skills to take part in problem solving and developing innovative research towards tackling of public health challenges related to food borne pathogens and antibiotic resistance. Specifically, my main interest is molecular epidemiology of foodborne pathogens and possible applications of microbiota-based strategies in food animal productions.

Research areas: molecular epidemiology of food borne pathogens; microbiota; zoonoses; one health; antimicrobial resistance

Supervisor: Alessandra De Cesare - Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences

Igor Piotr Bajena

Igor Piotr Bajena

PhD program in Architecture and Design Cultures - XXXVII cycle

University of Master's Degree: Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Short bio: Architect, born and raised in Biała Podlaska (Poland). He studied architecture and urban planning at Warsaw University of Technology and graduated in 2019 with a MSc in architecture on architectural heritage specialty. Since august 2019 he worked as a research associate at the Architecture Institute of the University of Mainz in the field of digital reconstruction. His main research interest lies in the topic of source-based reconstruction, 3D modelling, infrastructure for documentation and publication of digital reconstructions and data visualization.

Research interests: source-based reconstructions, 3d reconstructions, data modelling, web-based research environments, documentation standards

Supervisor: Fabrizio Ivan Apollonio - Department of Architecture, Piotr Kuroczyński - Hochschule Mainz, Germany

Xiaodan Wu

Xiaodan Wu

PhD program in Management - XXXVII cycle

University of Master's Degree:  Miami University, USA - Liaoning Normal University, China

Short bio: Xiaodan is a Ph.D. student in the Management track. She holds two master’s degrees in Psychology from China and the United States. Before joining Bologna University, she had also been working in academics, institutions, and entrepreneurial firms. She worked as an educational psychology researcher at Haidian District Institute of Educational Science and a private education management officer at Haidian District Bureau of Education in Beijing (China). She also researched at Perking University, Tinghua University, Miami University, and Liaoning Normal University.

Research areas: interdisciplinary studies; organizational behavior; strategic management 

SupervisorRiccardo Fini - Department of Management 

Vladislav Volosov

Vladislav Volosov

PhD program in Automotive Engineering for Intelligent Mobility - XXXVII cycle

University of Master's Degree: Moscow Aviation Institute, Russia

Short bio:  Bachelor in Computer Science and Computer Engineering at Moscow University of Electronic Technology - Master of Science cum laude in Design and Technology of Electronic Devices at Moscow Aviation Institute. After his master’s degree, Vladislav worked for ITELMA, Moscow. He was a member of the Engine Control Units and Body Control Modules development team. Vladislav’s PhD research is focused on semiconductor power devices for automotive applications.

Research areas: electronics, engine control systems, automotive industry, power semiconductors, MOSFET

Supervisor: Andrea Natale Tallarico - Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi"

Shirin Hajahmadi

Shirin Hajahmadi

PhD program in Computer Science and Engineering - XXXVII cycle

University of Master's Degree: Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran

Short bio: I hold a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in cognitive psychology. My master thesis was focused on studying the navigational behavior of humans in complex curved virtual environments. I was working for one year and ten months as a research fellow at the University of Bologna, collaborating in Comprendo project, to develop a desktop game to improve executive functions in children with special needs. Now, I am starting my Ph.D. to design and implement virtual environments in the field of cognitive science.  

Research interests: Cognitive Science, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Technology-enhanced Learning, Application of AI in Games

Supervisor: Gustavo Marfia - Department of the Arts
Co-supervisor: Luciano Bononi - Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Jose Luis Albites Sanabria

Jose Luis Albites Sanabria

PhD program in Health And Technology - XXXVII cycle

University of Master's Degree: Brown University, USA

Short bio:  Jose Albites Sanabria holds a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Brown University (USA) and a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering at UNI (Peru). His research interests are directed to brain computer interfaces, assistive devices, movement analysis, neurorehabilitation, wearable sensors, digital biomarkers, and fall risk assessment. Jose is a PhD candidate in the Health and Technology program at University of Bologna and a PhD fellow at the International PhD college, Institute of Advanced Studies.

Research areas: medical engineering, neural signal processing, rehabilitation, machine learning

Supervisor: Lorenzo Chiari - Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi"

Xin Zhang

Xin Zhang

PhD program in Economics - XXXVI cycle

University of Master's Degree: Xiamen University, China

Research interests: Experimental economics; Environmental economics; Behavioral economics

Supervisor: Maria Bigoni - Department of Economics

Amirdhavarshini Padmanabhan

Amirdhavarshini Padmanabhan

PhD program in Health and Technologies - XXXVI cycle

University of Master's Degree: Universite Bourgogne Franche Comte, France

Research interests: Electrospun scaffolds; Regeneration; Ligaments and Tendons; Polymer science; PLLA

Supervisor: Maria Letizia Focarete - Department of  Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician"

Sidra Asghar

Sidra Asghar

Phd program in Oncology, Hematology and Pathology - XXXVI cycle

University of Master's Degree: National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan

Short bio: I am working on identifying biomarkers to detect Hepatocellular carcinoma at an early stage. I would be looking at potential use of snoRNA as blood biomarkers.

Research interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liquid Biopsy, snoRNA, Ribosomes, Cell cycle

Supervisor: Lorenzo Montanaro - Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine

Christos Tseronis

Christos Tseronis

PhD program in Political and Social Sciences - XXXVI cycle

University of Master's Degree: Sciences Po Paris, France

Short bio: Prior to joining the University of Bologna, I completed my undergraduate studies in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Athens. I subsequently pursued a research master's degree in comparative politics at the Doctoral School (now School of Research) of Sciences Po Paris as a scholar of John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. My research interests lie on the transformation of party activism and party affiliation in the digital age, by bringing together the literature on political parties, scholarship on social movements and contentious politics, and media and communication studies. I am equally interested in wider contemporary trends in political behaviour and political values in Europe.

Research interests: Political parties, political behaviour, partisanship, political psychology, digital media

Supervisor: Paul Matthew Loveless - Department of Political and Social Sciences

Dora Tot

Dora Tot

PhD program in Global Histories, Cultures and Politics - XXXV cycle

University of Master's Degree: University of Zagreb, Croatia

Short bio: Dora Tot was born in 1993 in Čakovec, Croatia, where she received secondary education. She completed the Bachelor and Master study programme in History at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Before graduation, she spent a semester at the University of Pécs, Hungary, as a part of the Erasmus+ programme. Her research interests focus on the history of non-alignment, East-South relations and Yugoslav labour migration. She is conducting a PhD project investigating the mobility and engagement of Yugoslav technical cooperation experts in Algeria during the Cold War period.

Research interests: non-aligned movement, socialism, Cold War history, labour migration

SupervisorPaolo Capuzzo - Department of History and Cultures

Iuliia Selivanova

Iuliia Selivanova

PhD program in Future Earth, Climate change and societal challenges - XXXV cycle

University of Master's Degree: Lomonosov Moscow State Univeristy, Russia

Short bio: I have a broad interest in polar climate and interaction of air, sea ice and ocean. My research so far has focused on evaluation of Antarctic sea ice variability at different time scales in global ocean reanalyses. The further step will include investigation of  ocean–atmosphere–sea ice interaction processes using numerical simulations.  Besides the main topic I’m interested in data analysis and visualization, urbanism, geography, nutrition science. I dance samba and also like hiking and running. 

Research areas: Sea ice, Antarctic, polar climate, marginal ice zone, ocean reanalyses, air-sea interaction

SupervisorDorotea Iovino - CMCC

Masayo Watanabe

Masayo Watanabe

PhD program in Philosophy, Science, Cognition, and Semiotics (PSCS) - XXXV cycle

University of Master's Degree: University of Tokyo, Japan

Short bio: After studying the concept of irrational magnitudes by exploring the Graeco-Arabic tradition of Euclid’s Elements, I shifted my focus to Arabic alchemy in which an alchemist Ǧābir ibn Ḫāyyan aimed to quantify everything in the world through his theory of balance. Arabic alchemical texts ascribed to Ǧābir, probably composed in the 9th and the 10th century, are also sources of ancient Greek philosophy that was absorbed into the Arabic world. I am working on editing and translating Arabic manuscripts of the Ǧābirian corpus, trying to elucidate the influence of ancient Greek thoughts on Arabic sciences and the theory of quantification.

Research interests: Graeco-Arabic Studies, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Arabic Sciences, History of Alchemy, Arabic Philology

SupervisorsMatteo Martelli -  Lucia Raggetti - Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies

Abdelmagid Basyouny A. B. Sakr

Abdelmagid Basyouny A. B. Sakr

PhD program in Literary and Philological Cultures - XXXV cycle

University of Master's Degree: Ain Shams university, Cairo, Egypt 

Short bio: 

2009-2013: Bachelor’s degree in italian studies. Faculty of languages (Al alsun), University of Ain Shams, Cairo (Egypt);

2013–2016: Diploma of higher studies in Translation studies. Faculty of languages (Al alsun), University of Ain Shams, Cairo (Egypt);

2015-2017: a teaching assistant at the department of Italian studies, Faculty of languages (Al alsun), University of Ain Shams, Cairo (Egypt);

2017–2019 Master in Linguistics. University of Padua, Padua (Italy).

Research interests: Languages for special purposes; terminology; sociolinguistics; communication

Supervisor:  Matteo Viale - Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies
Co-supervisor: Nicola Grandi - Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies

Olga Trunova

Olga Trunova

PhD program in Management - XXXIV cycle

University of Master's Degree: National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia

Short bio: Olga is a PhD candidate at the Department of Management. She obtained her Master degree in Public Administration from the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) (Russia). While being a master student, she was working as a research assistant at the consulting subdivision of HSE, being involved in multiple projects with business and local governments. Before joining a PhD program at the University of Bologna, Olga worked as a lecturer for local and foreign students at the Ural Federal University (Russia) and later conducted her research internship at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria). Currently, Olga carries out her PhD research project, focusing on governance of smart cities from the perspective of public management.

Research areas: Smart city; cross-sectoral collaboration; public governance

SupervisorEmanuele Padovani - Maurizio Sobrero - Giuseppe Grossi (external advisor)

Gerhardus Petrus Kirsten

Gerhardus Petrus Kirsten

PhD program in Mathematics - XXXIV cycle

University of Master's Degree: Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Short bio: I am a South African citizen living and studying in Italy. I am currently a PhD student in mathematics, working under the supervision of Prof. Valeria Simoncini at the University of Bologna. My research expertise lie in the application of order reduction methods for large linear and nonlinear systems of matrix and tensor equations. In particular, I have recently been working on the solution of the differential matrix Riccati equation as well as the derivation of fully algebraic, matrix- and tensor-oriented order reduction strategies.

Research areas: Model reduction, numerical linear algebra, numerical analysis, matrix equations, MATLAB software development

Supervisor: Valeria Simoncini - Department of Mathematics

Mansoureh Gholami

Mansoureh Gholami

PhD program in Health, Safety, and Green Systems - XXXIV cycle

University of Master's Degree: Iran University of Science and Technology , Tehran, Iran 

Short bioMansoureh Gholami is a Ph.D. candidate in the program of “Health, Safety and Green systems” in the agricultural engineering department at the University of Bologna. She has a bachelor's degree in architecture from the Art University of Tehran and a Master of Science degree in “Urban Planning” in the Iran University of Science and Technology.

She is in the third year of this interdisciplinary program and her proposal is entitled ” Green Adaptation Planning for existing Communities In Italy ” in which she is working on finding reliable solutions for adapting existing communities in Italy to green strategies with a focus on nature-based solutions    also assessing green indexes at the pedestrian level in the urban context.

Research area: Green Adaptation planning, Sustainable Communities, Green Planning

SupervisorAlberto Barbaresi - Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Igor Broeckel

Igor Broeckel

PhD program in Physics - XXXIV cycle

University of Master's Degree: Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany

Short bioI am mainly interested in the phenomenological implications of Type IIB string theories. I work on the stabilization of moduli fields and their relevance to potentially observable physics such as inflationary models, dark matter, supersymmetry, reheating, etc.

I am also interested in formal aspects of model building such as compactification of Calabi-Yau manifolds and moduli stabilization, and the interplay of these research areas with the so-called string theory landscape.

Research areas: String theory, String Phenomenology, Dark Matter, inflation, Supersymmetry, Compactification, Early Universe

Supervisor: Michele Cicoli - Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi"