Simona E. Rombo

Associate professor

Università degli Studi di Palermo

Simona E. Rombo is Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (DMI) of University of Palermo. Her main research interests are on Bioinformatics, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Data Mining, Big Data Analytics. Her main research contributions focus on the design and development of efficient algorithms for the analysis of biological networks, sequences and structures. In particular, she contributed to the proposal of approaches for local/global alignment and querying of biological networks, clustering of protein-protein interaction networks, pattern discovery from biological sequences and 2D arrays,prediction and classification of protein structures and functions, data compression and classification, data analysis and epigenomics. More recently, she started working on Precision Medicine and Social Advertising. She got both her Laurea in Electronic Engineering (2002) and Doctoral Degree in Computer Science, Biomedicine and Telecommunications (2006) from the University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria. She was Post-doc researcher at DEIS of University of Calabria (2006-2010) and at ICAR-CNR of Cosenza (2010-2012). She was Assistant Professor at University of Palermo (2012-2019). She visited the Computer Science Department of Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, August-December 2004); the College of Computing of Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia, USA, November 2009); the Computational Biology Branch, National Institute of Health (Bethesda, USA, July 2014). Simona was co-PI for the research project “Compositional approaches for the characterization and mining of omics data”, financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research under the program “Research Projects of National Interest (PRIN) 2012” (Partners: University of Padua and University of Calabria). She was PI for a Microsoft Azure Research Award of 1 year on Biological Big Network Analysis, and for several other research projects financed by the National Institute of High Mathematics F. Severi under the program “Research Projects of the National Group for Scientific Computation”. She leads a research group involved in technological transfers with a software platform for decision support on Precision Medicine (they are among the winners of StartCup Palermo 2019). Simona teaches Software and Security Engineering (bachelor degree) and Big Data Management (master degree) at University of Palermo. She has supervised more than 40 bachelor/master degree thesis. She is involved in Program Committees, Editorial Boards and Review Processes for several internatiional conferences and journals, mainly on Bioinformatics and Big Data Analytics. She has authored/coauthored more than 60 scientific publications.


  • Bioinformatics
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Network analysis