Marco Agostino Deriu

Marco A. Deriu is Professor of Industrial Bioengineering at Politecnico di Torino. He has received the European Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering in 2009 at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Prof. Deriu research focuses on computational modelling and data analysis applied to investigate mechanisms behind biological, physiological and pathological functions, to interpret and treat biophysical, biological and clinical data, to build prediction models in physiology and physiopathology. He teaches “Multiscale Biomechanics”, “Biomechanical Design”, and “Rational Drug Design: Principles and Applications” at Politecnico di Torino. He is the coordinator of two European Projects. He has been recently awarded by Telethon foundation for a research on a rare infantile-onset neurodegenerative disease. He is author of several publications in International peer-reviewed Journals, book chapters and proceedings in the field of computational modelling applied to Bioengineering, Biophysics, Molecular Biology and Medicine.

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The Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), is one of the most important universities in Europe for engineering and architecture studies, strongly committed to collaboration with industry. Located in Turin, the Politecnico PoliTO is known both in Italy and abroad as a leading institution to study engineering and architecture. PoliTO university has more than 33,000 students, and about 16% are foreign – the highest percentage in Italy.

Engineering for Life and Health Sciences has a long and proud history at the Politecnico di Torino where, staring from the seventies, research activity has been devoted to integrating Engineering Science and Technology to solve problems in human health. From those times, the increasing request by biomedical industry and health institutions for support in research and development of new products and services caused a constant growth of the group and its finalization to new fields of research and technology transfer for innovation and development.

PolitoBIOMed Lab is an interdepartmental center which aims to group the main skills of Politecnico in engineering and biomedical sciences to investigate the interaction between the biological world and the artificial systems, from nano-scale to macro-scale. Multidisciplinary research, training and technology transfer in the biomedical sector are its main pillars. 3 main R&D areas are developed (identified on the base of the responsibility to respond to the social challenge represented by the growing need for early diagnosis, personalized therapy, activation of the self-healing mechanism, in order to increase the quality of life): integrative biomechanics, ICT for Health and New Materials and Nanotechnologies for Bio-applications.

Role in PARENT

POLITO is the main coordinator of PARENT project. It will lead SO5: Depiction of the complex multidimensional landscape characterizing NDD and it will host ESR1 and ESR2:

· Modelling ncRNA biochemical pathways and predicting target interactions.

· Design and optimization of an integrative framework to predict NDTrj.

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