Simone Bianco is research staff member in the department of Industrial and Applied Genomics at the IBM Almaden Research Center, where he leads the cellular engineering lab. He got his BS and MS in Physics at the University of Pisa, Italy, and his PhD in Physics from the University of North Texas. His main research interests are in in theoretical evolutionary biology, especially the evolution of RNA viruses, and cellular engineering.
Prior to joining IBM, Dr Bianco worked at the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Science and at the UCSF Department of Microbiology and Immunology. At UCSF he contributed to several scientific developments in computational genomics and theoretical biology. Before his time at UCSF, Dr Bianco worked at the College of William and Mary, where he modeled the spread of multistrain diseases with interacting strains, focusing on dengue fever.
Dr Bianco is IBM PI and site director of the Center for Cellular Construction, an NSF Science and Technology Center in partnership with UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, SF State University and the SF Exploratorium. The center aims at transforming cell biology into an engineering discipline.
He is a TED speaker with over 1M views, leader of one of 2018 IBM's 5-in-5, the 5 projects which will change the world in the next 5 years according to IBM, and a honorary visiting lecturer for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, for his standing in the field of dynamical systems and his commitment to education.
Dr Bianco has published several peer-reviewed papers in international journals. A complete list can be found at his Google Scholar profile.