Me at BMB Open Brudges meeting, Hinxton, 2015

Paolo Romano
Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Unit, Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genova, Italy


BITS 2020



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CV and Research interests - Projects - Network Services - Publications - Talks - APECSA - NETTAB - SWAT4LS - ReLiB - Miscellanea - Photographs

My research interests

I graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of Genoa in 1982 and got a PhD in BioEngineering at the Polytechnic of Milan in 1987.
From 1988 to 1990 I worked by "RST - Software Grafico e Scientifico", a small company active in the development of software for elaboration of biomedical images.
From 1990 to 1993 I worked as a Researcher at the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Oncology of the University of Genoa.
Since 1993, I've been a researcher at IST, the National Cancer Research Institute of Genoa, that was merged in September 2011 with the main university hospital of the town making life to the "Ospedale Policlinico San Martino".
Since 1989, my research interests have been in the field of biomedical data management. I designed and contributed to the development of the Molecular Probe Data Base, of the Cell Line Data Base and of its associated hypertext HyperCLDB. Recently, I contributed to the development of the Cell Line Integrated Molecular Authentication (CLIMA) Data Base, now in its version CLIMA 2, which also include a cell line identification tool.
Since 1999, I'm in charge of the CABRI (Common Access to Biological Resources and Information) network services offering living resources from 28 European collections. I'm currectly participating in the IS_MIRRI21 EU project, that is aimed at the implementation of the European Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI), and in the Joint Research Unit MIRRI-IT aimed at the implementation of the MIRRI Italian national node.
Since 2004, I'm working in the Bioinformatics laboratory and I have been involved in researches on network standards, technologies, tools and applications in bioinformatics. I designed and developed Biowep, a Workflow Enactment Portal for Bioinformatics and MultiTargetScan (MTS), a tool for searching targets for many miRNAs in a single run.
I'have also developed tools for computational mass spectrometry: Geena, a tool for filtering, averaging, and aligning MALDI/TOF MS data, GeenaR, a revision of Geena based on R libraries, and SeraDeg, a tool for assessing quality of sera.
I'm author of about 70 publications in peer-reviewed international journals.
I'm the creator of Network Tools and Applications in Biology (NETTAB) workshops, that are being held annually since 2001. I participated in many Programme Committees and have been a referee for many journals, including Bioinformatics and Nucleic Acids Research. I'm Associated Editor of BMC Bioinformatics and member of the Honorary Editorial Board of Advances and Applications in Bioinformatics and Chemistry.
I coordinated the National Network for Oncology Bioinformatics (Rete Nazionale di Bioinformatica Oncologica - RNBIO) from 2007 to 2011 and I'm presently coordinating the Liguria Bioinformatics Network (in Italian) (Rete Ligure di Bioinformatica - ReLiB).
I'm a member of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) from 2001 and of the Bioinformatics Italian Society (BITS) since its foundation.

Research activity

Projects (see also past projects)

MS Analysis Tools


Web sites

Old tools and links (may not work anymore...)

A list of recent and selected publications

(see a longer list here)

APECSA - Associazione di Promozione Educazione Comunicazione di Scienze ed Arti ETS-APS

Video a cura di APECSA

NETTAB Workshops
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.
  1. Joint NETTAB/BBCC Meeting "Computational Proteomics", Fisciano (Salerno), November 11-14, 2019.
  2. NETTAB Workshop "Building a FAIR Bioinformatics environment", Genoa, October 22-24, 2018.
  3. NETTAB Workshop on "Methods, tools and platforms for the Personalized Medicine in the Big Data Era", Palermo, October 16-18, 2017.
  4. "CHARME/EMBNet/NETTAB Meeting on Reproducibility, standards and SOP in Bioinformatics", Rome, October 25-26, 2016.
  5. "NETTAB & Integrative Bioinformatics Joint Meeting", Bari, October 14-16, 2015.
  6. "From high-throughput structural bioinformatics to integrative systems biology", Torino, Piemonte, October 15-17, 2014.
  7. "Semantic, Social, and Mobile Applications for Bioinformatics and Biomedical Laboratories", Venice Lido, Veneto, October 16-18, 2013.
  8. "Integrated Bio-Searches", Como, November 14-16, 2012.
  9. "Clinical Bioinformatics", Pavia, Lombardia, October 12-14, 2011.
  10. "Biological Wikis", Naples, Campania, November 29 - December 1, 2010.
  11. "Technologies, Tools and Applications for Collaborative and Social Bioinformatics Research and Development", Catania, Sicily, June 10-23, 2009.
  12. "Bioinformatics Methods for Biomedical Complex System Applications", Varenna, Como Lake, May 19-21, 2008.
  13. "A Semantic Web for Bioinformatics: Goals, Tools, Systems, Applications", Pisa, Tuscany, June 12-15, 2007.
  14. "Distributed Applications, Web Services, Tools and GRID Infrastructures for Bioinformatics", Santa Margherita di Pula, Cagliari, Sardinia, July 10-13, 2006.
  15. "Workflows management: new abilities for the biological information overflow", Naples, October 5-7, 2005.
  16. "Models and metaphors from Biology to Bioinformatics Tools", Camerino, Macerata, September 5-7, 2004.
  17. "Bioinformatics for the management, analysis and interpretation of microarray data", Bologna, November 27-28, 2003.
  18. "Agents in Bioinformatics", Bologna, July 12-14, 2002.
    See the workshop report presented at the BIXMAS (Bioinformatics and Multi-Agent Systems) satellite workshop of the AAMAS 2002 (Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems) conference.
  19. "CORBA and XML: towards a bioinformatics integrated network environment", Genova, May 17-18, 2001.

Genoa, 2018

Fisciano, 2019

Palermo, 2017

Roma, 2016

Catania, 2009

Varenna (LC), 2008

    Bari, 2015

Napoli, 2010


Torino, 2014

Pavia, 2011

Como, 2012

    Venezia, 2013

SWAT4LS Workshops
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.
  • SWAT4HCLS 2022, January 10th-13th, 2022, Leiden, The Netherlands.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume
    Special issue: TBD
  • SWAT4HCLS 2019, December 9th-12th, 2019, Edinburgh, UK.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 2849
    Special issue: TBD
  • SWAT4HCLS 2018, December 3th-6th, 2018, Antwerp, BE.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 2275
    Special issue: TBD
  • SWAT4HCLS 2017, December 4th-7th, 2017, Rome, IT.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 2042
    Special issue: TBD
  • SWAT4LS 2016, December 6th-7th, 2016, Amsterdam, NL.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 1795
    Special issue: TBD
  • SWAT4LS 2015, December 8th-9th, 2015, Cambridge, UK.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 1546
    Special issue: TBD
  • SWAT4LS 2014, December 10th, 2014, Berlin, DE.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 1320
    Special issue: TBD
  • SWAT4LS 2013, December 10th, 2013, Edinburgh, UK.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 1114
    Special issue: TBD
  • SWAT4LS 2012, November 30th, 2012, Paris, FR.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 952
    Special issue: Journal of Biomedical Semantics Thematic Series
  • SWAT4LS 2011, December 9th, 2011, London, UK.
    Proceedings: ACM Library
    Special issue: Journal of Biomedical Semantics Thematic Series
  • SWAT4LS 2010, December 10th, 2010 Berlin, DE.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 698
    Special issue: BMC Bioinformatics, Volume 13, Suppl.1
  • SWAT4LS 2009, November 20th, 2009, Amsterdam, NL.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 559
    Special issue: Journal of Biomedical Semantics, Volume 2, Suppl.1
  • SWAT4LS 2008, November 28th, 2008, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
    Proceedings: CEUR Volume 435
    Special issue: BMC Bioinformatics, Volume 10, Suppl.10

  • Leiden, 2022

    Edinburgh, 2019

    Antwerp, 2018

    Rome, 2017

    Amsterdam, 2016

    Cambridge, 2015

    Edinburgh, 2013

    Berlin 2014

    A list of (not so) recent oral communications, seminars and lessons
    (If you are curious... see a longer list here)

    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.

    Some photographs
    (More photographs here)