About Rosario Lombardo
Rosario received cum laude his BSc and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Pisa and earned his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the University of Verona. He holds a Global MBA in Consulting Management from SP Jain School of Global Management Dubai, Sydney, Singapore.
Over 19 years of experience in large international projects as consultant, scientist, and leader, driving tech innovation and digital transformation in life sciences and R&D, change management, banking and fintech, grid/cloud computing, UX design. As Executive Board Member and WP Leader he created a pan-European Research Infrastructure for nutritional studies, ranging from mechanistic/interventions to observational/epidemiological studies including a multitude of phenotypic outcomes, involving 51 stakeholders across 9 EU countries. He successfully led cross-country Large Corporate eBanking programs spanning Italy, Germany, Austria, and 5 strategic Eastern EU countries.
Rosario is currently Head of Bioinformatics and a member of the Leadership Team at The Microsoft Research - University of Trento | Centre for Computational and Systems Biology, where he supervises several research projects in collaboration with pharma and nutrition companies, driving the innovation towards industrial scientific research.
Dr. Lombardo adopts a Systems Thinking approach to Artificial Intelligence and deep learning in Big Data analytics, Natural Language Processing, Visual modeling in Systems Pharmacology, and High-Performance Computing for Drug Discovery. Member of reviewing panels in European funding agencies, referee for several international journals, and author of multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications and talks, Rosario has been a coach and mentor to several colleagues, interns, and BSc/MSc/Ph.D. students.
He has entrepreneurial experience in Tech startups, real estate, and hospitality ventures. In 2002 Rosario created a blockchain for the Italian Registration Authority (TLD ".it").
Hunting for foods that can help infants build strong immune systems would traditionally have researchers trial potential foods with infants, then do blood analysis to see if there were positive benefits. We describe a technique that dramatically narrowed the efforts required in identifying potential weaning foods to test a boost of infant immunity in clinical trials.