Research Assistant Professor, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics

Francesca Vitali

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. Before joining the Lussier Research Group, 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. Her work mainly focused on developing computational methods to support drug repurposing and polypharmacology.

During her career, Dr. Vitali developed strong programming experience with different languages and solid knowledge of data mining, statistics, graph theory, machine learning, and data integration techniques. One of the key aspects in these methods is their flexibility to make them suitable for use in different contexts. Her research was conducted in an expert multi­disciplinary collaborative team, which included collaborations with international laboratories and pharmaceutical industries such as Sanofi and AstraZeneca.


Educational Background:

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia, 2009
M.A. Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia, 2012
PhD in Bioinformatics and Bioengineering, University of Pavia, 2015


Area(s) of Interest:

  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Image Analysis
  • Large Scale Visualization
  • Data Science Literacy