PhD in Natural Sciences: Biology

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. Joint LSU and UT PhD studies in Biology 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.

Scientific Committee
Study Subject
Programme of individual study, scientific research, result publication and preparation for a doctoral dissertation
Report on doctoral studies and research activity academic year

The structure of the dissertation based on a collection of scientific articles

Admission Procedure

Admission to joint doctoral programme of 2020 in the field of Biology Sciences at the Lithuanian Sports University and the University of Tartu.

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


No. Supervisor Dissertation topic
1 Dr. Conte Daniele Investigating recovery strategies to optimize performance, sleep and well-being in basketball
2 Prof.dr. Oron Levin Resistance training as a means to improve muscle and brain health in individuals with mild cognitive impairments
3 Prof.habil.dr. Skurvydas Albertas Effect of Aerobic and Resistance Physiotherapy Exercises on Chronic Lower Back Pain Syndrome (CLBPS) and Migraine Headaches (links with myokines, inflammation, stress, metabolic syndrome, cerebral blood flow)
4 Dr. Solianik Rima
Prof.dr. Brazaitis Marius
Effect of different weight loss strategies on health promotion, cognitive and motor functioning
5 Doc.dr. Masiulis Nerijus Resistance training and muscle – brain crosstalk
6 Prof.dr. Ratkevičius Aivaras Effects of short-term reduction in physical activity on skeletal muscle function and health
7 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.
8 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
9 Dr. Trinkūnas Eugenijus Adaptation to Differential Training Method Applied in Training of Young Athletes
10 Prof.dr. Streckis Vytautas High Intensity Interval Training on skeletal muscle strength and intraocular pressure variation during weightlifting
11. Prof.habil.dr.Poderys Jonas The holistic effects of differential learning methodology in exercise therapy while regaining balance, coordination and gait in elderly
12. Doc.dr. Dudonienė Vilma Comparative effectiveness of land versus water based exercise on functional status of patients with neurological disorders
13. Doc.dr.Imbrasienė Daiva Correlation between intraocular pressure, cerebrovascular autoregulation and retinal vessels for elite athletes during intensive physical exercise
14. Dr. Daniele Conte Investigating the external and internal training load in volleyball matches and training sessions
15. 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
16. Dr. Sniečkus Audrius Reliability and validity of the reactive agility tests modified for soccer player
17. Prof.dr. Venckūnas Tomas Changes of muscle characteristics and motor unit pool during aging: effects of genotype, diet and physical activity

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

Dissertation Topics 2019


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Research areas
Admission procedure 2017/2018

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