Cellular Engineering Lab       


Cellular Engineering Lab - People

Simone Bianco (Research Staff Member, PI): Simone's expertise is in dynamical systems theory and its application to problems of biological relevance. He is interested in understanding how evolution shapes the principles of self-assembly of any living system, from viruses to bacteria, to single cell and multicellular organisms.  


Tom Zimmerman (Research Staff Member): Tom is a researcher and master inventor at IBM Almaden. He is interested in signal processing, machine learning, human/data interaction and visualization. Tom's patent cover a wealth of technologies, from position tracking to user input, wireless communication, biometrics and encryption. In the Cellular Engineering project, Tom is responsible for new hardware and software for visualization of large swimming microscopic organisms, as well as IBM education and outreach coordinator.  


Vito Paolo Pastore (Postdoctoral Researcher): Vito is a bioengineer, with a background in analysis of networks of neurons. In the Cellular Engineering project, Vito models plankton dynamic using deep learning.



Sara Capponi (Postdoctoral Researcher): Sara is a Physicist, with expertise in molecular and dynamical modeling. In the Cellular Engineering project, Sara works on spatial modeling and single agent dynamic for virus predation.


Julie Pope (Program Manager): Julie is a senior program manager at IBM. She is responsible for everything finance and reporting.



Affiliated Members

Barbara Jones, Theoretical Physicist, Science and Solution

Nimrod Megiddo, Theoretical Computer Scientist, CS Theory group


Past Members

Sujoy Biswas, former postdoc, expert in computer vision and machine learning with a specific research interest in solving large scale visual recognition problems. Currently leading a private research center in India.

Ryan Winstead, an undergraduate student from SFSU. In the lab, Ryan worked on Drosophila spindle dynamic using deep learning.

Peter Ferguson, an undergraduate student from Santa Clara University, who worked on engineering a system to detect chemicals in water using plankton.

Elsa Rousseau, mathematical and computational biology. Elsa has a PhD in Computational Biology, and has worked on disease dynamics and competition of viral species. Currently postdoc at the Corbeil lab at Universite Laval.

Silvia Peschiera, IBM Italy researcher and startup relationship representative. Silvia is interested in cloud and collaboration platforms, as well a bioengineering.

Paolo Malavolta, IBM Italy system and software engineer, specialized in cloud infrastructure and research as a service. Now at Accenture. 

Amanda Paulson, former graduate student in Zev Gartner's lab at UCSF. Amanda is interested in how cellular heterogeneity impacts tissue function.

Jacob Kimmel, former graduate student in Wallace Marshall's lab at UCSF. At IBM Jacob has developed end-to-end deep learning algorithms to track cells under environmental stress. Currently at Calico.

Chang Chang, physics, Peking University (now postdoc @Philip Cluzel lab, Harvard University)

Garrett Nieddu, mathematics of infectious disease, former graduate student with Lora Billings and Eric Forgoston at Montclair State University. Now at Los Alamos in the lab of Ruian Ke.

Lucrezia Maini, Nanotechnologies master student, from the International Master Degree program (Politecnico di Torino, Grenoble INP-Phelma, EPFL Losanne).

Aritra Chowdury , Computer Science graduate student from Bulent Yener's lab at RPI. Aritra is currently research scientist at GE Research.

Cecelia Brown, SFSU graduate student from Blake Riggs' lab, currently enrolled in the Stanford PhD program.

Adrienna Bingham, mathematics, former graudate student in Leah Shaw's lab, working on infectious disease competition models in multipatch systems. Currently at the CDC.

James Gerh, a graduate student in Diana Chu's lab at SFSU. He is modeling the spindle dynamic in c. Elegans.

Mayara Bonani, an undergraduate student from the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil, with an engineering background.

Sita Chandrasekaran, former undergraduate student in Ray Equerra's lab at SFSU, and part of the PINC program. Now at the UCSF-UCB joint Bioengineering program.

Tommaso Martin, research associate at the University of Genova, with a background in systems engineering.


Recent news


Elsa Rousseau publishes a new paper on plant resistance to viruses and population bottlenecks. (link).


New paper out on Nature Methods on Quanti.us, a novel platform for crowdsourced annotation. The paper contains our new AI algorithm, which is able to efficiently generalize from noisy annotation. (link).


New paper coming out on the Journal of the American Chemical Society, which describes a new synthetic polymer that is able to kill drug resistant cancer cells (link).


Simone publishes a paper on Nature Communications describing a new polymer that is able to kill antimicrobial resistance bacteria (link).

(press release)


Welcome to Cellular Engineering interns Amanda Paulson and Jacob Kimmel!


Congrats to Elsa Rousseau for her recent publication on the Journal of General Virology! (link).


Elsa Rousseau presents her recent work on defective viral particles at the 2017 Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease meeting, in Santa Barbara.


Congrats to Sujoy Biswas for his recent publication on the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing! (link).


Simone speaks about viral dynamic at the SIAM Symposium on applications of Dynamical Systems (DS 2017) (abstract here).


Simone publishes an article about Cellular Engineering on www.01net.it (in Italian).


Press release about recent paper about the role of the animal reservoir on the spread of the Ebola virus.

See also:

Healtcare IT News
Clinical Innovation + Technology


Article about Cellular Engineering (and other projects at IBM Almaden) on the Italian newspaper Il Foglio (pdf, in Italian).