ICREA research professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), I am the group leader of the computational biophysics laboratory and associate professor at UPF.
I have a bachelor in applied mathematics (1997, university of Bologna) and a PhD in computational chemistry (2002, Queen Mary University of London). I have worked at the CINECA supercomputing center (1998-1999) and as a postdoc at University College London (2003-2006). Later I won a 5 years Ramon y Cajal fellowship at University Pompeu Fabra and the I3 program, before becoming Icrea professor.
I have published 80 articles in international journals (PNAS, JACS, Nat. Chem., Nat. Commun., etc). In the last four years I gave 30 oral presentations at international conferences (18 as invited speaker) and lectures in many pharmaceutical companies. My H-index is 30 with over 3200 citations. I am associate editor of “In-silico pharmacology”.
My group research interests are centered in the application of computing as a fundamental methodology to problem solving. In particular simulations in biomedicine and machine learning of biological data and machine intelligence.
Biomedicine. We use large distributed computational resources (GPUGRID.net) with thousands of GPUs for molecular dynamics simulations, binding prediction, binding kinetics, Markov state models, online sampling methods (ACEMD, HTMD). The approach is computational driven but we like to collaborate with experimental laboratories and pharma companies.
Machine Intelligence. In this research line we develop machine learning approaches applied to the biological data. We are particularly interested in dimensionality reduction, artificial neural networks, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, sparce coding, deep and hierarchical learning.