Stefania Bortoluzzi was born in Venice (Italy), in 1972 and is married, with two children. She received the degree in biological sciences summa cum laude in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in genetics in 2000, with the award of the Italian Genetics Association for the best Ph.D. thesis of 2000. After 5 years of postdoc research, since 2006 she is Research Associate of the Medical School of the University of Padova (Italy) and leads the computational genomics group of the Biology Department. Bortoluzzi's research activity focuses on different levels of genomic expression regulation, studied by computational methods. Her group developed different analysis methods and web tools. She reconstructed early transcript maps and transcriptional profiles of the human genome in differentiated tissues and analyzed differential expression of genes from sequence count data. She entered early in the field of systems biology, studying the relationships among genetic diseases and intracellular networks. Then she worked on transcriptional regulation of gene expression, by pattern discovery on promoter sequences for the discovery of regulatory elements, and on genome organization, by identification of clusters of coexpressed and/or tissue-specific genes. In the last years, she developed and applied methods for the integrated analysis of microRNA and target expression profiles for posttranscriptional regulatory network reconstruction. More recently, she reconstructed and studied nonmodel species transcriptomes form deep sequencing data and is involved in short RNA deep sequencing data analysis for miRNA and other RNA discovery. She teaches bioinformatics and applied biology at the University of Padova.
Biography Updated on 4 September 2011