Alberto Riva

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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.

Research statement

snpper1Modern 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

Current
Associate Scientist, ICBR Bioinformatics Core, University of Florida
2006-2014
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Florida.
2001-2005
Instructor, Harvard Medical School.
2001-2005
Research Associate, Children’s Hospital Boston.
1999-2000
Research Fellow, Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston University Medical Center.
1995-1998
Postdoctoral researcher, Medical Informatics, University of Pavia, Italy.
1995
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Pavia, Italy.

Links

Full CV (PDF)
Publications (Google Scholar)
LinkedIn profile
ResearchGate profile
ORCID: 0000-0001-9150-8333
Scopus: 7101687421
GitHub

Contact information

E-mail: ariva@ufl.edu
Office: CGRC 191, 2033 Mowry Rd
Phone: (352) 294-5475