Francesca Demichelis

Francesca Demichelis, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at CIBIO, University of Trento, Italy, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. In joint projects with members of research groups at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, she developed analytical approaches for the analysis of cancer genomics datasets related to prostate cancer disease progression as part of a multi-institutional effort. Between 2008-20011, she worked at Weill Cornell Medicine as Assistant Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and at the Institute for Computational Biomedicine. Her group focused on the study of structural variants (copy number variations – CNVs) as risk factors for cancer development and as potential facilitators (“triggers”) for specific somatic alterations (funded by DOD Young Investigator Award). From 2008 to 2010, she served as co-chair of the analysis team for Copy Number Variations in genome-wide association studies MicroArray Quality Control (MAQC) Project II, managed by FDA and was leader of the bioinformatics effort for the prostate cancer research group at Weill Cornell Medicine. In 2011 she joined the Centre for Integrative Biology at the University of Trento, Italy, where she is group leader (Computational Oncology Laboratory) and maintains Adjunct position at the Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.