Valentina Di Francesco joined NHGRI in September 2014 as a program director in for the Genome Informatics and Computational Biology program. She will oversee a diverse portfolio of bioinformatics and computational biology awards that includes model organism databases, genome analysis and annotation tools and pipelines, gene expression, and pathways analysis tools.
Before joining NHGRI, Ms. Di Francesco was a program officer at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for more than 10 years. She was primarily responsible for the bioinformatics, structural genomics and systems biology programs at NIAID, where she initiated and established initiatives focused on the use of high-throughput "omics" technologies, the development of big-data management and integration tools, and predictive modeling of the behavior of host/pathogen molecular interaction networks.
Ms. Di Francesco received the NIAID Merit Award in 2005 and 2012, and two NIH Director's Awards in 2013. Prior to NIAID, Ms. Di Francesco was at The Institute for Genomics Research (now the J. Craig Venter Institute), and at Celera Genomics, where she contributed to the development of tools for the computational gene and protein annotation of microbial and mammalian genomes, including the human genome. Prior to that, she was a visiting research fellow at the NIH Center for Information Technology where she was involved in developing statistical methods for protein structure prediction.
Last Updated: January 25, 2016