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About San Diego Chapter

We are the ISSNAF San Diego Chapter, including members from San Diego County and nearby Orange County and Riverside.


Our goal is to foster collaboration opportunities and exchanges of ideas between members, promote educational talks, and facilitate career development and mentoring, while celebrating Italian scientists and scholars working in North America.


The San Diego Chapter was founded in 2009 and its members work as researchers, scholars, educators, and managers both in academia and in industry at all career levels and in all disciplines.

Executive Committee



Adjunct Professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and Coordinator at Former CEO at Salgomed. Holds an MD from the University of Rome La Sapienza and a PhD (DPhil) in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford.


Professor in the Department of Linguistics at UCSD. His research focuses on the study of how different languages convey the same meaning by different combinations of words (or smaller units) into sentences. Holds a PhD in Linguistics from UCLA.


Professor of Physics at UCSD. His research interests are in the theory of quantum transport in nanoscale and atomic systems, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, DNA sequencing/polymer dynamics in nanopores, and memory effects in nanostructures for applications in unconventional computing and biophysics. He is the co-founder of MemComputing, Inc. He did his PhD studies at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.


Research Assistant Professor at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. Holds a PhD in Immunology and applied biotechnology from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.


PhD Student at UC San Diego. Her research focuses on data science for healthcare. Holds a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino.



Director, Artificial Intelligence, and Assistant Professor at Scripps Research Translational Institute. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communications society. Holds a PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Padova.


Professor at the San Diego Biomedical Research Institute and Professor Emeritus, Molecular Medicine/Neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute. Former Co-chair of ISSNAF San Diego. Holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Milan and a PhD in Pharmacology and Physiology from the University of Modena.


Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology and Pharmacology at UCSD. He is the Hildyard Endowed Chair in Eye Disease. Among other awards he obtained the Keio Medical Sciences Prize in 2023, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in 2013 and the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award in 2010. Holds an MD from the University of Catania.


Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UCSD. Member of the Cryptography and Security group and the Theory of Computation group. Holds a PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Professor at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology and at the Center for Autoimmunity and Inflammation, the Center for Cancer Immunotherapy and the Center for Vaccine Innovation. Member, Scientific Council of ISSNAF (2023). Ranked 3rd amongst Italian Scientists in Biomedical Sciences (2023).

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