PhD in Natural Sciences: Biology

Biologijos doktorantūra

PhD studies in the area of Biology at LSU started in 1993. In the period of 1993 – 2020, 88 doctors of science were trained. In 2011, joint Doctoral Studies in Biology at Lithuanian Sports University, with the participation of the University of Tartu (Estonia) were launched. Doctoral Studies in Biology at Lithuanian Sports University, with the participation of the University of Tartu (Estonia)  consolidated research in the area of Biology, and they ensure more integrated and substantial investigations of scientific problems in biology.

Research of doctoral students in Biological Sciences involves many branches of biology: Physiology / Biomechanics / Bioinformatics / Histology / Genetics / Animal anatomy and morphology / Animal physiology / Endocrinology / Immunology / General pathology / Gerontology / Biochemistry / Neurology / Anatomy / morphology / Epidemiology / Molecular biophysics.

The duration of doctoral studies is 4 years.

Admission Procedure

Admission to Doctoral Studies in Biology Field of Lithuanian Sports University, with the Participation of the University of Tartu (Estonia).

Admission rules 2021
Application form
CV (Personal and professional activities)
Essay requirements
Physiology examination

2020 DISSERTATION TOPICS (The topics for 2021 will be announced on 5 th of May )

No. Supervisor Dissertation topic
1 Dr. Conte Daniele Investigating recovery strategies to optimize performance, sleep and well-being in basketball * (The topic has been taken)
2 Prof.dr. Oron Levin Resistance training as a means to improve muscle and brain health in individuals with mild cognitive impairments * (The topic has been taken)
3 Dr. Solianik Rima
Prof.dr. Brazaitis Marius
Effect of different weight loss strategies on health promotion, cognitive and motor functioning * (The topic has been taken)
4 Doc.dr. Masiulis Nerijus Resistance training and muscle – brain crosstalk * (The topic has been taken)
5 Prof.dr. Ratkevičius Aivaras Effects of short-term reduction in physical activity on skeletal muscle function and health * (The topic has been taken)
6 Prof.habil.dr. Poderys Jonas Liudas Dose-response effects of multimodal exercise therapy programs on cardiovascular functional state and health-related quality of life in older adults.* (The topic has been taken)
7 Prof.dr. Venckūnas Tomas Effect of post-exercise cooling and post-exercise heating on muscle recovery and training adaptations in response to mechanically and metabolically demanding exercises
8 Dr. Trinkūnas Eugenijus Adaptation to Differential Training Method Applied in Training of Young Athletes
9 Prof.dr. Streckis Vytautas High Intensity Interval Training on skeletal muscle strength and intraocular pressure variation during weightlifting
10 Prof.habil.dr.Poderys Jonas The holistic effects of differential learning methodology in exercise therapy while regaining balance, coordination and gait in elderly *
11 Doc.dr. Dudonienė Vilma Comparative effectiveness of land versus water based exercise on functional status of patients with neurological disorders
12 Doc.dr.Imbrasienė Daiva Correlation between intraocular pressure, cerebrovascular autoregulation and retinal vessels for elite athletes during intensive physical exercise
13 Dr. Daniele Conte Investigating the external and internal training load in volleyball matches and training sessions
14 Doc.dr. Dudonienė Vilma Effects of water therapy and swimming on cognitive functions (memory, attention, and executive functions) and on dual-task performance in elderly
15 Dr. Sniečkus Audrius Reliability and validity of the reactive agility tests modified for soccer player
16 Prof.dr. Venckūnas Tomas Changes of muscle characteristics and motor unit pool during aging: effects of genotype, diet and physical activity

* State funded

Call for doctoral dissertation topics and doctoral supervisors in the field of Biology 2020

Dissertation Topics 2019

Chairman – prof. dr. Sigitas Kamandulis (LSU)


  • prof. dr.  Arvydas Stasiulis (LSU)
  • prof. dr. Aivaras Ratkevičius (LSU)
  • prof. dr. Vytautas Streckis (LSU)
  • prof. habil. dr. Jonas  Poderys (LSU)
  • doc. dr.  Dalia Mickevičienė (LSU)
  • doc. dr. Nerijus Masiulis (LSU)
  • doc. dr. Marius Brazaitis (LSU)
  • doc. dr. Tomas Venckūnas (LSU)
  • prof. dr. Mati Pääsuke (TU)
  • prof. dr. Jaak Jürimäe (TU)
  • doc. dr. Priit Kaasik (TU)
  • doc. dr. Jarek Mäestu (TU)
  • prof. dr. Ööpik Vahur  (TU)


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