Simone MARINI, PhD

(.) Research Investigator, Li LabUniversity of Michigan (since Aug 2017)

(.) Scientific Advisor, enGenome (since Dec 2016)

smarini (_at) med (_dot_) umich (dot_) edu (Linkedin) (Twitter) (Publons)


Postdoc fellow, Laboratory for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pavia (2016 - 2017)

Postdoc fellow, Akutsu LaboratoryUniversity of Kyoto, Japan (2015 - 2016)

Postdoc fellowLaboratory for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pavia (2013 - 2015)

Last update: Oct 2017

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In a nutshell

As a scientist, I design prediction models for Molecular Biology and Medicine with Machine Learning. I am particularly interested in data integration, i.e. in developing modeling harvesting heterogeneous data such as imaging, genomics, proteomics, ontologies and knowledgebases. 

The application range of my models is broad, from DSCAM Drosophila protein affinity prediction (with Support Vector Machines) to simulation of clinical trajectories in diabetic patients (with Continuous Time Bayesian Networks). I mainly work with Perl, R and Matlab/Octave.

My research projects span over Italy, China, Japan, and USA, involving people working for:

I am (proudly) from Voghera, Italy. I lived in Pavia (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Hong Kong (PRC), Beijing (PRC), and Kyoto (Japan). I currently live in Ann Arbor, USA.

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2015-2016       Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2015                Outstanding contribution in reviewing, Journal of Biomedical Informatics (Elsevier).

2011                Bioengineering Division Graduate Student Research Award, 1st ranked.

2010                HKUST Overseas Research Award for PhD Students.

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INVITED TALKS (extramural)

2017                Oct 11. Joint data integration for precision oncology. UFHCC Topics in Cancer seminar series, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL, USA.

                        Jul 18. miRNA Bioinformatics, sequence analysis and statistical processes. Training school "Omics technologies and bioinfor matics application in ME/CFS research, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy. EU Cost ACTION  CA15111 (European Network on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome COST action CA15111, EUROMENE)

                        January 12. Investigating epileptogenesis with data fusion. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.                        

2016                September 8. Mining heterogeneous data sources to enhance association studies. University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.

                        June 10. Leveraging on public databases for novel peptidase target discovery. Electrical, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.

2011                May 13. Motif search, sequence alignment and Support Vector Regression for Dscam protein self- and hetero-binding affinity prediction. Institute of Biophysics, the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China.

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 Kyoto University, Japan.

Supervision of summer internships (2016).

 University of Pavia, Italy.

Medical Informatics (2013-2015), Instructor of record, undergraduate.

Automatic Learning in Medicine (2013-2015), Instructor of record, postgraduate. 

Co-supervision of five MSc and one BSc dissertations (2013-2015; 2017-present).

Supervision of summer internships (2014).

The Hong Kong University of Technology, China.

Introduction to Bioengineering (2010), Teaching assistant, postgraduate     

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Journal Reviewer                   Journal of Biomedical Informatics (since 2014)

     Briefings in Bioinformatics (since 2015)

     Computers in Biology and Medicine (since 2016)


Conference Reviewer            Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, AIME (2016-2017)

                                               American Medical Informatics Association joint Summits on Translational Science (2016-2017)

                                               IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHC (2017)

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LANGUAGES                         (Reading)                                (Speaking)        

Italian                                       Native speaker                        Native speaker

English                                    Fluent                                      Fluent

Spanish                                   Fluent                                      Fluent

Chinese                                   -                                              Survival

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 2014                                        Software developer, DCPUK, Bangladesh. VSO Poverty Alleviation, remote services. Development of a software to help managing dairy cooperatives.

 2006 – 2008                            Front desk volunteer, City social services of Pavia, Italy. Helping immigrants interact with local bureaucracy.

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[*] denotes equal contribution.

[§] denotes corresponding author.


2017                 Exploring Wound-Healing Genomic Machinery with a Network-Based Approach

                        Vitali F, Marini S§, Balli M, Grosemans H, Sampaolesi M, Lussier YA, Cusella De Angelis MG, Bellazzi R. Pharmaceuticals 2017, 10:2

                         Dscam1 Web Server: online prediction of Dscam1 self- and hetero-affinity

                        Marini S*§, Nazzicari N*, Biscarini F, Wang GZ. Bioinformatics 2017, 33:12

                         Machine learning methods to predict Diabetes complications

                        Dagliati A, Marini S,  Sacchi  L, Cogni G, Teliti M, Decata P, Chiovato L, Bellazzi R. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology 2017, 1932296817706375

2016                 A data fusion approach to enhance association study in epilepsy

                        Marini S§, Limongelli I, Rizzo E, Errichiello E, Vetro A, Tan D, Zuffardi O, Bellazzi R. Plos One 2016, 11:12

 "Noisy beets": impact of phenotyping errors on genomic predictions for binary traits in Beta vulgaris

Biscarini F, Nazzicari N, Broccanello C; Stevanato P, Marini S. Plant Methods 2016, 12:36

2015                A Dynamic Bayesian Network model for long-term simulation of clinical complications in type 1 diabetes

                       Marini S*, Trifoglio E*, Barbarini N, Sambo F, Di Camillo B, Malovini A , Manfrini M, Cobelli C , Bellazzi R. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 2015, 57

                        PaPI: pseudo amino acid composition to score human coding variants

                       Limongelli I, Marini S, Bellazzi R. BMC Bioinformatics 2015, 16:123

                        Developing a parsimonius predictor for binary traits in sugar beet (Beta vulgaris)

Biscarini F, Marini S, Stevanato P, Broccanello C, Bellazzi R, Nazzicari N. Molecular Breeding 2015, 35:10

2014                Improvement of Dscam homophilic binding affinity throughout Drosophila evolution

Marini S*, Wang GZ*, Ma X, Yang Q, Zhang X, Zhu Y. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:186

2013                The role of SwrA, DegU and P(D3) in fla/che expression in B. subtilis.

Mordini S, Osera C, Marini S, Scavone F, Bellazzi R, Galizzi A, Calvio C. PLoS One 2013, 8:12::e85065.

2011                In silico Protein-Protein Interaction prediction with sequence alignment and classifier stacking.

                        Marini S, Xu Q, Yang Q. Curr Protein Pept Sci. 2011, 12:7



2017                MTopGO: a tool for module identification in PPI Networks.

                       Vella D, Marini S, Vitali F, Bellazzi R. 17th Network Tools and Applications for Biology., NETTAB 2017

2016                Learning T2D evolving complexity from EMR and administrative data using Continuous Time Bayesian Networks

Marini S, Dagliati A, Sacchi L, Bellazzi R. 9th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering System and Technolgy, HEALTHINF 2016

2015                A genomic data fusion framework to exploit rare and common variants for association discovery.

Marini S, Limongelli I, Rizzo E, Da T, Bellazzi R. 15th Conference of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine 2015

                        Matrix tri-factorization for miRNA-gene association discovery in acute myeloid leukemia

De Martini A, Marini S, Vitali F, Bellazzi R. 15th Conference of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine [Workshop] 2015



2016                Data Fusion for cleavage target prediction

Marini S, Demartini A, Vitali F, Bellazzi R, Akutsu T. Bioinformatics Italian Society National Congress 

2015                A continuous time, multivariate model to simulate Type 2 Diabetes patients trajectories

Marini S, Dagliati A, Bellazzi R. American Medical Informatics Association joint Summits on Translational Science 2015

                        Predicting Microvascular Complications from Type 2 Diabetes Retrospective Data

Sacchi L, Colombo C, Dagliati D, Marini S, Cerra C, Chiovato L, Bellazzi R. 15th Annual Diabetes Technology Meetings

2014                A multivariate data-driven model to investigate the arising of complications in T2D patients

Marini S, Malavolti M, Dagliati A, Bellazzi R. 14th Annual Diabetes Technology Meeting

                        PaPI: the Pseudo Amino acid variant Predictor

Marini S, Limongelli I, Bellazzi R.  Bioinformatics Italian Society National Congress  

                        A novel algorithm to predict the deleteriousness of genomic coding variants

                        Limongelli I, Marini S, Bellazzi R. NGS (ISCB)

 Dynamic Bayesian Networks to simulate type I diabetes patients cohorts

Barbarini N, Bellazzi R, Cobelli C, Di Camillo B, Manfrini F, Malovini A, Marini S, Sambo F, Trifoglio E. Economics, Modelling and Diabetes: Mount Hood Challenge 

 PaPI: using pseudo amino acid composition to predict deleterious coding variants

                       Limongelli I, Marini S, Bellazzi R. Italian Bioengineering Group National Congress


2017                 Precision oncology: a data similarity challenge

                        Zambelli A, Demartini A, Pala D, Vitali F, Marini S, Bellazzi R. In: E-Health e Medicina Digitale, S. Quaglini, M. Cesarelli, M. Giacomini, F. Pinciroli eds, Patron ed.

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Among things I like to do in my spare time, I mention here (1) traveling; (2) playing nerdy pen-and-paper role playing games; (3) (try to) learn languages, history and philosophy.

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I apply machine learning to bioinformatics. I make prediction models and simulations by extracting knowledge from very a diverse data range.