Associate Scientist, DiBiG, ICBR Bioinformatics
I am a bioinformatician with a background in computer science, artificial intelligence, medical informatics, and computational biology. I am an expert in the design, development and use of computational tools for genomics, genetics, and biomedical research. I have experience developing scientific software and analysis pipelines in a large number of environments and programming languages, including high-performance computing clusters.
I am currently an Associate Scientist in the Bioinformatics Core at the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR) at the University of Florida. My primary responsibility is to provide long-term collaboration support to externally funded research projects, through the Digital Biology Group (DiBiG). Please see here for more information about DiBiG, including software developed at DiBiG.
Modern biological research is an increasingly data-intensive, high-throughput discipline, that relies on the automated analysis of an large number of variables in order to progress. While the constant advances in computer power and database technology make it easier to manipulate the wealth of data being generated, there is a growing need for efficient and reliable methods to automatically extract new knowledge from it. My approach to this problem relies on methods and tools derived from Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering, with the goal to create interactive environments allowing researchers to freely “navigate” through an ocean of highly interconnected pieces of knowledge and data points, automatically establishing relationships among them, looking for patterns, detecting trends and generating hypotheses. My work is highly collaborative: I believe that constant communication and interaction between researchers and computational experts is essential for the success of research projects in today’s scientific environment.
Education and professional experience
- Associate Scientist, ICBR Bioinformatics Core, University of Florida
- Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Florida.
- Instructor, Harvard Medical School.
- Research Associate, Children’s Hospital Boston.
- Research Fellow, Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston University Medical Center.
- Postdoctoral researcher, Medical Informatics, University of Pavia, Italy.
- Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Pavia, Italy.
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