Francesca Vitali, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Director of Bioinformatics, Center for Innovation in Brain Science (CIBS)

After completing her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pavia, Dr. Vitali received her PhD in Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Bioinformatics, Mathematical Modelling and Synthetic Biology (BMS) Lab at the University of Pavia under the mentorship of prof. Riccardo Bellazzi. Most recently, she was a Research Assistant Professor for three years in the Lussier Research Group at the University of Arizona.

In her current role at CIBS, she focuses on the development of computational methods to support precision medicine, drug repurposing and poly-pharmacology. Her background includes data mining, statistics, graph theory, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data integration techniques. She has a long record of working in multi­disciplinary collaborative teams, including collaborations with international laboratories and pharmaceutical companies (Sanofi and AstraZeneca). She is the organizer and instructor of a monthly workshop on the use of Orange, an open-source tool for data visualization, machine learning and data mining.