Our team


Project directors

  • Dr. Santiago F. Gonzalez is a group leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, Bellinzona, Switzerland). Dr. Gonzalez has extensive experience in the field of imaging. During his postdoctoral research at Harvard University, he received complete training for the use of state-of-the-art imaging techniques, including MP-IVM. After establishing his own group in Switzerland, he has completed, with support from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the installation of a state-of-the-art MP-IVM facility at the IRB.
  • Prof. Dr. Rolf Krause is the director of the Institute of Computational Science and a professor at the Faculty of Informatics, USI, Lugano - Switzerland.
    His research focuses on numerical simulation and mathematical modelling in scientific computing and computational sciences, leading the research group "High Performance Methods for Numerical Simulation in Science, Medicine and Engineering".
    He is also co-director of the recently installed "Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology.
  • Dr. Diego Ulisse Pizzagalli is a post-doctoral researcher at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Lugano, Switzerland) and IRB. In his doctoral studies, he developed a hierarchy of methods based on network theory and applied them to analyze the behavior of immune cells in inflammatory conditions, captured via intravital microscopy. Diego serves as a teaching assistant at USI in subjects related to computing theory, signal processing, and ubiquitous computing.

Data curation and communication responsible

  • Pau Carrillo Barberà is a Bioimage Analyst at IRB. Pau is responsible for handling the curation and integration of IVM data from an international network of laboratories contributing to the IMMUNEMAP database and the establishment of a data annotation workflow. In his doctoral studies at BIOTECMED (University of Valencia) he worked on the deployment of microscopy-based screening protocols and bioimage analysis workflows for the study of neural stem cells.
  • Elisa Palladino is an Imaging Specialist at IRB. Elisa is responsible for gathering data and populating the IMMUNEMAP platform. She also takes care to establish collaborations with new partners, around the world. 

Imaging specialists and developers

  • Benedikt Thelen is a Biomedical Engineer at USI. Benedikt is responsible for the development of the IT infrastructure and software backend of the database. After completing his master at the university of Bern, he has participated in multiple scientific projects as researcher and programmer.
  • Kevin Ceni is a Biomedical Engineer at IRB. Kevin is responsible for the development of the client-side software of the project (frontend) and the implementation of web-based tools for the analysis of IVM data. In his master thesis at the University of Bern he worked on the development of a convolutional neural network able to classify and locate different diseases affecting the retina.
  • Alain Pulfer is a PhD student in Bioimage Analysis at IRB. Alain works on the design of diverse bioimage data analysis tools for IVM data, e.g., for quality assessment or action recognition.
  • Joy Bordini is a Bioinformatician and Bioimage Analyst at IRB. Joy works on the design of diverse bioimage data analysis tools for IVM data, e.g., segmentation or colocalization methods.
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