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. 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

Call for doctoral dissertation topics in the field of Biology 2023
Admission rules 2023
Application form
CV (Personal and professional activities)
Essay requirements
Physiology examination


Priority no.   Supervisor Topics
1. Prof. dr. Javier Jerez-Roig Enjoying physical activity to battle sedentary behaviour and inactivity among older adults from a socially inclusive perspective (JOIN4JOY project)*
2. Prof. dr. Danguolė Satkunskienė Neurophysiological and dynamical control of quick and fast movements*
3. Prof. dr. Sophie Erhardt Physiological stress-induced kynurenine pathway regulation: Implications for neuropsychiatric and degenerative illnesses*
4. Prof.  Nerijus Masiulis High and low intensity resistance training as a means to improve brain and muscle functions*
5. Prof. dr. Sigitas Kamandulis Monitoring and managing fatigue by tensiomyography-derived markers in highly trained athletes*
6. Assoc. prof. Rima Solianik Time course of adaptive responses in humans during a 16-day hot and cold acclimation programme, and its effect on health-related indicators*
7. Prof. habil. dr. Jonas Liudas Poderys  Cardiovascular adaptation to multimodal exercise programs in individuals with back pain syndrome
8. Assoc. prof. Daniele Cont Discovering the health benefits of basketball
9. Prof. dr. Arvydas Stasiulis  Blood volume, hemoglobin mass and their effect on main components of aerobic capacity in endurance and power athletes.
10. Prof. dr. Tomas Venckūnas Athletes‘ gut microbiota in relation to training and nutrition
11. Prof. dr. Alina Smalinskienė  Genetic factors determining the formation of inguinal hernias in athletes and links with surgical or conservative treatment and its results

* State-funded place

Chairman – doc. dr. Marius Brazaitis (LSU)


  • 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. 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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Admission procedure 2020
Admission procedure 2017/2018

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Joint PhD programme “Sport Science” by the Latvian Academy of Sport Education with the participation of the Lithuanian Sports University, Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw and the University of Tartu

Project of PhD