Computational Network Biology

July 13 - July 20, 2013
We are proud to announce that
Prof. Michael Levitt
received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2013


Aim and scope:
Computational Network Biology is among the most representative research areas in bioinformatics. Lectures will address the scope focusing on algorithms to analyze networks for disease understanding and therapy. A series of tutorials will illustrate basic preliminary concepts and provide additional snapshots of dynamic networks and network alignments. Finally our special guest speaker will talk about the well known BLAST algorithm and a visionary talk about future bioinformatics directions. 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.


  • Dana Peer
    A network approach to understanding cancer [abstract]
    Columbia University, USA

  • Teresa M. Przytycka
    Network Biology Approach to Complex Diseases [abstract]
    National Institutes of Health, USA

  • Roded Sharan
    Elucidating the topology and logic of cellular pathways [abstract]
    Tel Aviv University, Israel

Guest speakers

  • Gene Myers
    1) A Blast from the Past [abstract]
    2) Why Networks Are Not Enough [abstract]
    Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany


  • Alberto Apostolico
    Recurrent Events in Dynamic Networks [abstract]
    Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA - IASI-CNR, Italy

  • Iuliana Ionita-Laza
    Statistical Challenges in Genetic Association Studies [abstract]
    Department of Biostatistics, Columbia University, USA

  • Simona E. Rombo
    Basic graph and network alignment algorithms [abstract]
    University of Palermo, Italy

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)
  • Dr. Alfredo Pulvirenti (co-director, University of Catania)