Short CV and Research interests
Paolo Romano graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of Genoa,
and got a PhD in BioEngineering at the Polytechnic of Milan.
From 1988 to 1990 he has been working for a small company, RST - Software Grafico
e Scientifico, and from 1990 to 1993 he has been Researcher at the Institute of
Clinical and Experimental Oncology of the University of Genoa.
Since 1993, he is a researcher at IST, the National Cancer Research Institute of Genoa, that from September 2011 merged with the main hospital of the town and is now part of the "IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino - IST Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro".
Since 1989, his research interests were in the field of biomedical data management.
He designed and contributed to the development of the
Molecular Probe Data Base and of the
Cell Line Data Base and its
associated hypertext HyperCLDB.
Recently, he contributed to the development of the
Cell Line Integrated Molecular Authentication (CLIMA) Data Base.
Since 1999 he is in charge of the CABRI (Common Access to Biological Resources and
Information) network services offering living resources from 28 European collections.
Since 2004, he is working in the Bioinformatics laboratory.
He has been involved in researches on network standards, technologies,
tools and applications in bioinformatics.
He designed and developed Biowep, the Workflow Enactment Portal for Bioinformatics.
He is author of about 50 publications in peer-reviewed international journals.
He taught academic courses "Bioimages" and "Bioinformatics" at the University of Genoa.
He was the creator of Network Tools and Applications in Biology (NETTAB) workshops
that are running annually since 2001.
He participated in many Programme Committees and has been a referee for
BMC Bioinformatics journals.
Since 2010, he is Associated Editor of Briefings in Bioinformatics.
Since 2013, he is member of the Honorary Editorial Board of Advances and Applications in Bioinformatics and Chemistry.
He coordinated the National Network for Oncology Bioinformatics (Rete Nazionale di Bioinformatica Oncologica - RNBIO) from 2007 to 2011.
See the web site of the network.
He is presently coordinating the Liguria Bioinformatics Network (Rete Ligure di Bioinformatica - ReLiB).
See the web site of the network (in Italian).
He is member of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) from 2001 and of the Bioinformatics Italian Society (BITS) since its foundation.
He is member elected of BITS Steering Committee for the periods 2008-2010 and 2010-2012. From 2010 to 2012 he has been Secretary of BITS.
He has been member of the Scientific Committee of BITS meetings since 2009.
Research projects (see also past projects)
Network Services and Tools
A list of recent and selected publications
(If you are really interested in old times.... see a longer list here)
Profumo A, Mangerini R, Rubagotti A, Romano P, Damonte G, Guglielmini P, Facchiano A, Ferri F, Ricci F, Rocco M, Boccardo F.
Complement C3f serum levels may predict breast cancer risk in women with gross cystic disease of the breast
Journal of Proteomics 2013, 85:44-52.
Bellazzi R, Masseroli M, Shawn M, Shabo A, Romano P.
Clinical Bioinformatics: challenges and opportunities.
BMC Bioinformatics 2012, 13(Suppl 14):S1.
Published on-line 7 September 2012.
Miele M, Mumot AM, Zappa A, Romano P, Ottaggio L.
Hazel and other sources of paclitaxel and related compounds.
Phytochemistry Reviews. 2012. Published on-line 23 May 2012.
Zappa A, Splendiani A, Romano P.
Towards linked open gene mutations data.
BMC Bioinformatics 2012, 13(Suppl 4):S7
Bolser DM, Chibon P-Y, Palopoli N, Gong S, Jacob D, Dominguez Del Angel V, Swan D, Bassi S, Gonzales V, Suravajhala P, Hwang S, Romano P, Edwards R, Bishop B, Eargle J, Shtatland T, Provart NJ, Clements D, Renfro DP, Bhak D, Bhak J.
MetaBase - The wiki-database of biological databases.
Nucleic Acids Research, 2011, Advance Access published December 1, 2011
Romano P, Giugno R, Pulvirenti A.
Tools and collaborative environments for bioinformatics research.
Brief Bioinform (2011) first published online October 7, 2011
Mangerini R, Romano P, Facchiano A, Damonte G, Muselli M, Rocco M, Boccardo F, Profumo A.
The application of atmospheric pressure MALDI to the analysis of long-term cryopreserved serum peptidome.
Analytical Biochemistry 417 (2011) 174-181.
Romano P, Milanesi L.
Complex Search, Ranks, and Biological Discovery: A User's Perspective.
In "Search Computing Trends and Developments". Ceri S, Brambilla M (eds). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2011, Volume 6585/2011, 226-235
Splendiani A, Burger A, Paschke A, Romano P, Marshall MS.
Biomedical semantics in the Semantic Web.
J Biomed Semantics. 2011 Mar 7;2 Suppl 1:S1
Zappa A, Miele M, Romano P.
IBWS: IST Bioinformatics Web Services.
Nucleic Acids Research (2010) 38 (suppl 2): W712-W718.
Milanesi L, Romano P, Castellani G, Remondini D, Liņ P.
Trends in modeling Biomedical Complex Systems.
BMC Bioinformatics 2009, 10(Suppl 12):I1
Corradi L, Mirisola V, Porro I, Torterolo L, Fato M, Romano P, Pfeffer U.
Survival Online: a web-based service for the analysis of correlations between gene expression and clinical and follow-up data.
BMC Bioinformatics 2009, 10(Suppl 12):S10
Burger A, Romano P, Paschke A, Splendiani A.
Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences, 2008 (Preface).
BMC Bioinformatics 2009, 10(Suppl 10):S1
P. Romano, A. Manniello, O. Aresu, M. Armento, M. Cesaro, B. Parodi
Cell Line Data Base: structure and recent improvements towards molecular authentication of human cell lines,
Nucleic Acids Research 2009 37(Database issue):D925-D932
P. Romano, A. Splendiani,
Applications of Semantic Web methodologies and techniques to biology and bioinformatics,
Reasoning Web 2008, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences LNCS 5224, pp. 200-239, 2008, Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
N. Cannata, M. Schröder, R. Marangoni, P. Romano,
A Semantic Web for Bioinformatics: Goals, Tools, Systems, Applications,
BMC Bioinformatics, 2008 9(Suppl 4):S1
P. Romano, D. Marra,
SWS: accessing SRS sites contents through Web Services,
BMC Bioinformatics, 2008 9(Suppl 2):S15
Automation of in-silico data analysis processes through workflow management systems,
Briefings in Bioinformatics, 2008 9(1):57-68
A list of recent oral communications, seminars and lessons
(If you are curious... see a longer list here)
P. Romano and M. Crescenzi,
Rete Nazionale di Bioinformatica Oncologica (in italian),
Convegno Nazionale sul Programma Straordinario Oncologico 2006,
Rome, Italy, October 8, 2007
D. Marra and P. Romano,
Integrating mutation data of the TP53 human
gene in the bioinformatics network environment,
First International Conference on Bioinformatics Research and Developmemt (BIRD '07),
Berlin, Germany, March 12-14, 2007
P. Romano, C. Rasi and D. Marra,
The automation of bioinformatics processes through workflow management systems,
Seventh Spanish Symposium on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (JdB06),
Zaragoza, Spain, November 20-22, 2006
(the abstract is also available)
NETTAB Workshops are a series of workshops
focused on the most promising and innovative ICT tools and to their usefulness in Bioinformatics.
These workshops aim to introduce participants to the evolving network
standards and technologies that are being applied to the biology field.
"CORBA and XML:
towards a bioinformatics integrated network environment",
Genova, May 17-18, 2001.
Bioinformatics", Bologna, July 12-14, 2002.
See the workshop report
at the BIXMAS (Bioinformatics and Multi-Agent Systems) satellite workshop
of the AAMAS 2002 (Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems) conference.
the management, analysis and interpretation of microarray data",
Bologna, November 27-28, 2003.
"Models and metaphors
from Biology to Bioinformatics Tools",
Camerino, Macerata, September 5-7, 2004.
new abilities for the biological information overflow",
Naples, October 5-7, 2005.
"Distributed Applications, Web Services, Tools and GRID Infrastructures for Bioinformatics",
Santa Margherita di Pula, Cagliari, Sardinia, July 10-13, 2006.
"A Semantic Web for Bioinformatics: Goals, Tools, Systems, Applications",
Pisa, Tuscany, June 12-15, 2007.
"Bioinformatics Methods for Biomedical Complex System Applications",
Varenna, Como Lake, May 19-21, 2008.
"Technologies, Tools and Applications for Collaborative and Social Bioinformatics Research and Development",
Catania, Sicily, June 10-23, 2009.
"Biological Wikis", Naples, Campania, November 29 - December 1, 2010.
"Clinical Bioinformatics", Pavia, Lombardia, October 12-14, 2011.
"Integrated Bio-Searches", Como, November 14-16, 2012.
"Semantic, Social, and Mobile Applications
for Bioinformatics and Biomedical Laboratories", Venice Lido, Veneto, October 16-18, 2013.
SWAT4LS is a workshop that started as a follow-up of the
NETTAB 2007 workshop on
"A Semantic Web for Bioinformatics: Goals, Tools, Systems, Applications".
It provides a venue to present and discuss benefits and limits of the adoption
of Web based information systems and Semantic technologies in biomedical informatics and computational biology.
Usually, the workshop lasts one day and it is preceded by a one day hackathon and one day of tutorials.
SWAT4LS provide an open and stimulating environment that bring together researchers, both developers and users,
from the various fields of Biology, Bioinformatics and Computer Science, to discuss goals, current limits and
real experiences in the use of semantic, web-based technologies in the Life Sciences and Biomedical Informatics.
SWAT4LS 2008, November 28th, 2008, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
SWAT4LS 2009, November 20th, 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
SWAT4LS 2010, December 10th, 2010 Berlin, Germany.
SWAT4LS 2011, December 9th, 2011, London, UK.
- Proceedings: ACM Library
- Special issue: Under discussion
SWAT4LS 2012, November 30th, 2012, Paris, France.
SWAT4LS 2013, December 10th, 2013, Edinburgh, UK.
- Proceedings: on-line Volume planned
- Special issue: Under discussion
ReLiB (Rete Ligure di Bioinformatica - Liguria Bioinformatics Network)
ReLiB is an ongoing effort among bioinformatics groups in Liguria region to build up a critical mass
of researchers collaborating on
ReLiB organizes GLiB workshops (Giornata Ligure di Bioinformatica - Liguria Bioinformatics Day) as a venue
to present skill and expertise of partners and discuss on possible common projects.
The main groups participating in ReLiB are affiliated with the University of Genoa, the Genoa section of
the National Research Council and some Research Hospital, including the Cancer Comprehensive Center San Martino IST
and the Pediatric Hospital Gaslini.
See the current ReLiB web site in Google sites.
(More photographs here)
- ECCB 2010 in Gand, Belgium
- BITS 2005 in Milan, Lombardia, Italy
- ISMB/ECCB 2004 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK
- SRS Users General Meeting, Cambridge, England, UK
- Biocomp 2002 at Certosa di Pontignano
- Family and friends photographs
- Membership in Scientific Societies
- Web communities et similia
- Newspapers I read