Alberto Paccanaro
PhD in Computer Science, University of Toronto
Post-doctorate in Computational Biology, Queen Mary University of London and Yale University

I am a full professor at the School of Applied Mathematics (EMAp) at FGV in Rio de Janeiro since 2020. I obtained my doctorate in Computer Science in 2002 from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Machine Learning under the guidance of Geoffrey Hinton. Between 2002 and 2006, I did postdoctoral studies in Computational Biology, first in the laboratory of Mansoor Saqi at Queen Mary University of London, and then in the laboratory of Mark Gerstein at Yale University. I became a PI (as in Portuguese) in 2006, obtaining the position of professor at the Royal Holloway University of London, where I started my laboratory ( In 2014 I became a full professor of Machine Learning and Computational Biology and Director of the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, at the same University. I am a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Asunción (Paraguay), where I lead an outpost of my laboratory. I was also a visiting professor/member at Cornell, Yale, and the University of Venice. I am responsible for several international collaborations in the field of Machine Learning applied to Biology and Medicine. I co-direct research grants with academics from Yale University, Cornell University, the University of Tennessee, and the Catholic University of Asuncion. Several of my machine learning algorithms have been published in magazines such as Nature, Nature Methods, Nature Communications, Cell, PNAS.

Areas of interest: 

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computational Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Network Medicine
  • Systems Pharmacology
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