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Filippo Piccinini

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences

Academic discipline: FIS/07 Applied Physics

Curriculum vitae

Filippo Piccinini was born in Forlimpopoli (FC, Italy) on 20th April 1985. He spent his childhood in Faenza (RA, Italy), where he attended the Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale "L. Bucci"(Technical High-School), graduating with the final score of 100/100. Immediately later, he pursued his studies by completing a Bachelor and Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering in Cesena, University of Bologna, where he achieved the final score of 110/110 Cum Laude for both University courses. While following his 5-year degree program, Filippo worked as a secondary school teacher for 4 years, graduating perfectly on time and presenting the Master's thesis that won the 2009 edition of the "Ing. Mario Pasquini” award. After completing his Master's degree he benefited from a grant of the Ministry of Education for a Ph.D in Information Technology and promptly started his career as a researcher under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Bevilacqua (University of Bologna). During his Ph.D. he took part in various projects on Image Processing applied to Oncology by publishing 4 journal articles and 7 conference proceedings in the first 3 years of research. At the end of his Ph.D., he had the honour of being selected to hold the final speech of the Graduation Closing Ceremony.

Piccinini today is Professor at the University of Bologna (RTD-B) carries out the main part of his research activity at the Romagnolo Institute for the Study of Tumors "Dino Amadori" (IRST) IRCCS, Meldola (FC), collaborating with many international research institutes, including the prestigious:

  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland (where he worked approximately 1 year).
  • Biological Research Centre (BRC) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary (where he worked approximately 2 years).

He published several scientific articles in top-notch journals, including:

  • Nature Methods,
  • Nature Review Drug Discovery,
  • Nature Communications.

Finally, he is a member of many cultural and scientific associations, and he won several awards, including:

  • Award: "1st position poster presentation competition", PerkinElmer 2022 High Content Screening (HCS) Group Meeting, 17/05/2022, Biological Research Centre (BRC), Szeged, Hungary. Poster presented: "CometAnalyser: a user-friendly, open-source deep-learning microscopy tool for quantitative comet assay analysis. By: A. Baleon, S. Pignatta, C. Arienti, A. Carbonaro, P. Horvath, G. Martinelli, G. Castellani, A. Tesei, F. Piccinini".
  • Future Science - Future Star Award 2021, runner-up among the 4 finalists selected by the scientific committee composed of Editors and researchers of the publisher “Future Science” which publishes prestigious scientific journals including BioTechniques.
  • Yamagiwa-Yoshida (YY) Memorial International Cancer Study Grant (3 months, 2020) awarded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary, 2020
  • Technical fellowship (2 months, 2019) awarded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary, 2019
  • Awarded by the GISM society for the contribution to the Group's activities since its establishment. In particular, for the work carried out to make effective the dissemination of scientific information. Awards ceremony held on the 5th April 2019, Genova, Italy.
  • Short-term fellowship (2 months, 2018) awarded by the Network of European Bioimage Analysts (NEUBIAS), Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary, 2018
  • Short-term fellowship (3 months, 2017) awarded by the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary, 2017
  • Awarded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence, an award to applicants of proposals submitted to the MSCA Individual Fellowships Call that scored 85% or more (obtained score 91.2%).
  • Winner of the local selection of FameLab 2017, the Talking Science international competition (Modena, 24th March 2017). The prize was a 3-day course (all expenses paid) with theatre directors, psychologists and famous public speakers to improve my public speaking, and access to the National Finals.
  • Travel Award from the Italian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, for visiting as guest researcher Universities/Institutes in Seoul to establish new collaborations, 2016
  • Travel Award from the Italian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SIB), Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary, July 2016
  • Short-term fellowship (2 months, 2016) awarded by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary, 2016
  • Short-term fellowship (3 months, 2015) awarded by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary, 2015
  • Best Oral communication Award 2014, awarded by the Italian Association Cell Culture (ONLUS-AICC)
  • Selected as the representative PhD student (scientific area) to give the speech during the PhD Graduation Ceremony (21st June 2013, Santa Lucia Church, Bologna). 1200 people, including 380 PhD students, were present. Official video of the full speech
  • Travel Award "Marco Polo 2011", for training young researchers of the University of Bologna abroad. Light Microscopy and Screening Center, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2011
  • Best Master Thesis Award "Mario Pasquini 2010" for the best graduates of the year 2009