Computational Microbiology and Microbiome-Based Medicine

July 17 - July 24, 2016
Lipari Island, Italy


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Aim and scope:
Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing and innovative tools for analyzing metagenomic data are causing a fast evolution of Computational Microbiology and Microbiome-Based Medicine. Topics such as Metatranscriptomics, Bacteria Tracking, Genome Editing, Immune System Analysis, Microbiome Analysis, Reverse Vaccinology are rising intriguing and complex questions. Our main and special guest lectures will address the scope focusing on algorithms, models, biomedical and biotechnological techniques and their clinical applications. From the enclosed bibliography, it appears that the selected themes have received much attention in the scholarly literature ranging from Nature and Science to Bioinformatics Journals.

Open introductory lecture

Closing lecture


  • Soren Brunak
    Metatranscriptomics and transcriptional interdependencies
    Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at University of Copenhagen and Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, Technical University of Denmark

  • Gene Myers
    DNA Sequencing and Bacteria Tracking Systems
    Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany

  • Joseph Petrosino
    Translating the Microbiome of mice and men
    Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA

  • Stephen Quake
    Microbiome analysis in Medicine
    Stanford University, California, USA

  • Andrea Ventura
    CRISPR and somatic genome editing for cancer research
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

Guest speakers

  • Patrizia Brigidi
    Human gut microbiome
    University of Bolgna, Italy

  • Donata Medaglini
    Microbiome and Immunology
    University of Siena, Italy

  • Rino Rappuoli
    Reverse Vaccinology
    GSK Vaccines, Siena, Italy

  • Franco Scaldaferri
    Modulating gut microbiome in Clinics: Fecal Bacteriotherapy or fecal microbiota tranplantation
    Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milano, Italy

  • Stefania Stefani
    The probiotic approach in the microbiome and multi-drug-resistant era
    University of Catania, Italy


Participants will be arranged in comfortable hotels at very special rates. The conference room (very close to the same hotels) is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily  reached  from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).

Two kinds of participants are welcome. Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon courseworks and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). The course will involve a total of 24 hours of teaching. According to our university rules passing the final exam gives right to an equivalent of 6 ECTS credits in any Ph.D. program. Auditors: participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.
Registration fee is 600 Euros. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social events and coffe breaks. Late registration is 700 Euros.

Applications can be submitted from November 20, 2015 up to May 29, 2016. Late registrations will be accepted until July 15th. Admission notification will start on March 2nd, according to registration time. Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae.

The official language is English.


  • Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania, Italy)
  • Michael Levitt (Stanford University, USA)
  • Carlo M. Croce (Ohio State University, USA)

Steering Committee

  • Rosalba Giugno (University of Catania, Italy)
  • Lorenzo Malatino (Director of Graduate Studies in "Translational Biomedicine" University of Catania, Italy)
  • Gene Myers (Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany)
  • Alfredo Pulvirenti (University of Catania, Italy)
  • Francesco Purrello (Director "Department Clinical and Experimental Medicine" University of Catania, Italy)
  • Stephen Quake (Stanford University, USA)
  • Stefania Stefani (University of Catania, Italy)

People interested in receiving further information about the school can contact:

Lipari School Organization
Prof. Alfredo Ferro
Universita' degli Studi di Catania - Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale
c/o Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica
Citta' Universitaria - Viale A.Doria, 6 - 95125 Catania - ITALY
Tel: +39 095 7383071, +39 095 361277 (4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. italian time), +39 095 7383087 (10:00 a.m - 12:00 a.m. italian time)
Fax: +39 095 330094 or