About

I am a research scientist at the Institute of Biophysics of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). My main interest is the application of computational models to the solution of open problems in biology and medicine, such as protein-protein and protein-drug interactions. Molecular dynamics and statistical learning are among the methods used: see e.g. publications here and videos here and here. My background includes statistical learning, software and hardware engineering, and high-performance biocomputing architectures.

Between 2008 and 2011 I have been a post-doctoral research assistant in the Computational Biophysics Group at the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona (GRIB-IMIM-UPF), where I modeled protein-protein and protein-drug interactions through large-scale all-atom simulations, enabled by accelerated (GPUs) and distributed computing architectures (BOINC and GPUGRID.net). In 2009 I was awarded a 3-year Beatriu de PinĂ³s grant from the Generalitat de Catalunya for the study of unstructured proteins' interactions. Before 2008 I was with the Laboratory for Biomedical Informatics "Mario Stefanelli" of the University of Pavia, where I conducted research on data mining for telemedicine and adaptive human-computer interaction, including wearable sensors (e.g. MyHeart) and speech (e.g. AdaRTE, Homey).

I have a degree in Physics (University of Pisa, 2001) and a PhD in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics (University of Pavia, 2005).