Computational Dynamic Analysis of Biological Processes

This year’s Lipari summer school in July will deal with analysis of biological processes.

Computational Dynamic Analysis of Biological Processes
July 19 – July 25, 2015
Lipari Island, Italy

Aim and scope:
Computational Dynamic Analysis of Biological Processes is one of the most challenging research areas in modern life science. Topics such as Disease Dynamics, Drug Resistance, Immune System Analysis, Emerging Mutations, Microbiome Analysis, and Biological Networks Evolution involve intriguing and still unsolved problems. On the other hand, the availability of Next Generation Sequencing and other High-throughput techniques provide a strong support for scientists working in this field. Our main and special guest lectures will address the scope focusing on algorithms, computational models, biomedical and biotechnological results on this field. From the enclosed bibliography, it appears that the selected themes have received much attention in the scholarly literature ranging from Nature and Science to Bioinformatics Journals.


  • Peer Bork
    Network Dynamics
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, GERMANY
  • Carlos Bustamante
    Genomics of Plant Biology
    Stanford University, California, USA
  • Jeff Gore
    Evolutionary Game-Theoretic Models
    MIT, Massachussets, USA
  • Stephen Quake
    NGS and Cancer Dynamics
    Stanford University, California, USA

Guest speakers

  • Eric Jonasch
    Molecular Determinants of Renal Cell Carcinoma Ontogeny and Progression
    MD Anderson Cancer Center,Houston,Texas,USA
  • Michael Levitt
    Stanford University, California, USA

Participants will be arranged in a comfortable hotel at very special rates. The conference room (in the same hotel) is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily  reached  from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).

Two kinds of participants are welcome. Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon courseworks and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). The course will involve a total of 24 hours of teaching. According to our university rules passing the final exam gives right to an equivalent of 6 ECTS credits in any Ph.D. program. Auditors: participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.
Registration fee is 470 Euros. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social event. Late registration is 570 Euros.

Applications can be submitted from November 1, 2014 up to May 29, 2015. Late registrations will be accepted until July 14th. Admission notification will start on March 2nd, according to registration time. Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae.

The official language is English.

School Directors

  • Prof. Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania)
  • Prof. Raffaele Giancarlo (University of Palermo)
  • Prof. Concettina Guerra (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Prof. Michael Levitt (Stanford University)
  • Dr. Rosalba Giugno (co-director, University of Catania)
  • Prof. Alfredo Pulvirenti (co-director, University of Catania)

People interested in receiving further information about the school can contact:

Lipari School Organization
Prof. Alfredo Ferro — Lipari School secretary
Universita’ degli Studi di Catania – Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica
Citta’ Universitaria – Viale A.Doria, 6 – 95125 Catania – ITALY
Tel: +39 095 7383071
Fax: +39 095 7337032 / +39 095 330094