The Sapienza University community mourns Anna Tramontano, from the Department of Physics, who passed away prematurely. Professor Tramontano was an international reference point in the field of bio-computational studies.
Anna Tramontano studied physics, but was fascinated by the complexity of biology and the promise of computational biology. After attending a post-doctorate programme at the University of California, San Francisco, she worked as a staff scientist at the Biocomputing Programme EMBL in Heidelberg.
In 1990, she returned to Italy as Director of the Chemistry and Computational Biology Department of the Institute of Molecular Biology Research, the Merk Research Lab in Pomezia. In 2001, she returned to academia as a Professor of Biochemistry in the Biochemical Sciences Department first and then at the Physics Department at Sapienza University, where she continued to pursue her scientific interests on the three-dimensional structure of proteins and the analysis of genomic and protein data.
Professor Tramontano was a member of the Scientific Committee at the European Research Council, the European Molecular Biology Organization, the Scientific Council of the Institute Pasteur-Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti and the organizational committee for the CASP global experiment (Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction). She was also on various advisory boards, including the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in Basel, the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, the CNB in Madrid, the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, IIMCB at Warsaw, and had been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute. She was Deputy President of the International Society for Computational Biology and was currently Chair of the Steering Committee of the European Conference on Computational Biology, as well as an editor for bioinformatics journals, Proteins, PLoS One and Current Opinion in Structural Biology.
Throughout the course of her career, Professor Tramontano received many awards and honours. She was awarded the Prize for Natural Sciences of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Marotta Prize, the Tartufari Prize and the KAUST Investigator Award. Her publications include four volumes (Bioinformatics - Zanichelli; The ten most wanted solutions in Protein Bioinformatics - CRC Press; Protein Structure Prediction - Wiley; Introduction to Bioinformatics - CRC Press) and more than two hundred articles in scientific journals.
The lay funeral will be held on Monday, March 13 at 10:30 am in the University Chapel (Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome).