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In a review on Italian science, Nature (Nature, vol 438, 16 December 2005, pp 1046-47) has defined Trieste and in particular SISSA ( as one of Italy’s bright spots. According to several recent rankings SISSA is the best Italian research centre. Initially concentrated around Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, SISSA has expanded its range of activities to comprise new, highly promising and dynamic fields such as Neuroscience, Structural-Functional Genomics and Bio-nanotechnology.
Role and expertise of SISSA in the project
The SISSA group will be responsible for the experimental analysis on rod photoreceptors (Vincent Torre) and of the computational analysis of the role of diffusion ( Claudio Altafini )Vincent Torre ‘s scientific career is genuinely interdisciplinary. Vincent Torre has concentrated his efforts on four major areas of research (Computer Vision, Ionic Channels, Phototransduction and Computational Neuroscience) and over the years, he has given major contributions to all of these areas and in particular to Phototransduction in rods. Vincent Torre has expertise in electrical recordings with suction and patch pipettes from photoreceptors and other neurons. Vincent Torre has a degree in Physics and he is familiar with computational investigations. Claudio Altafini received a Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1996 and a PhD in Optimization and Systems Theory from the Department of Mathematics of the RIT Stockholm, Sweden in 2001. He then moved to the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy, where he is now an Assistant Professor. His research interests are in the area of modeling and control for nonlinear dynamical systems, with applications to systems biology.