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Ivo Sbalzarini

In 2012, Ivo Sbalzarini moved from ETH Zurich to Dresden, joining a growing group of computational biologists. Since 2014, Ivo is the TU-Dresden Chair of Scientific Computing for Systems Biology in the joint Max-Planck/TU-Dresden Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD), and a full professor of computer science on the faculty of TU Dresden. Previously, Ivo has been Professor of Computational Science at ETH Zurich, group leader in Bioinformatics at MedILS, and invited professor of biology at ENS in Paris. Ivo’s research interests include particle methods for the numerical solution of discrete and continuous models in complex geometries, bio-image informatics, and image-based systems biology. Ivo is best known for having started the close collaboration between computer science and biology at ETH Zurich, and for his contributions to bio-image analysis, in particular model-based image segmentation and single-particle tracking. 

Scientific Career

since October 2014
Professor of Computer Science, TU Dresden. Chair of Scientific Computing for Systems Biology, Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD)
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since June 2012
Senior Research Group Leader, MPI-CBG
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Apr. 2006 - June 2012
Assistant Professor of Computational Science, Department of Computer Science, ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Jan. 2007 - Jul. 2008
Group Leader in Bioinformatics, Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences, Split, Croatia
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Mar. 2007 - Jun. 2007
Invited Professor of Biology, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
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Feb. 2005 - Jul. 2005
Visiting Researcher, Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories (GALCIT), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, USA
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Apr. 2002 - Jan. 2006
Research assistant, Institute of Computational Science (with Prof. Petros Koumoutsakos), ETH Zürich, Switzerland
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Jul. 2002 - Oct. 2002
Visiting Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center and Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, USA
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Jul. 2000 - Oct. 2000
Visiting Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center and Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, USA

Education

January 2006
Dotorate in Computer Science, Dr. sc. techn., (with honors: Chorafas Award), ETH Zürich, Switzerland (with Professors Petros Koumoutsakos and Ari Helenius)
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2003–2006
Studies of Didactics and Education Science (Höheres Lehramt), ETH Zürich, Switzerland
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June 2002
Diploma (equiv. M.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering (Willi Studer Award), Majors in Computational Science and Control, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
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January 1997
Matura Typus C (mathematics and natural sciences), Kantonsschule Wattwil, Switzerland (Helvetia-Patria Award and E. Weber Award)

Scientific Honors and Awards

2012
Honorary Membership (Ehrenmitgliedschaft), Technical Society of Zurich
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2012
IEEE Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, best paper award
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2010
EvoNUM, best paper award
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2010
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, best paper award
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2006
Chorafas Science Award for Ph.D. thesis
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2002
Willi Studer Award for best Diploma graduation (GPA: 5.98/6.00) in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zürich
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1999
ETH Award for best 2nd pre-diploma results in Mechanical Engineering (rank 1 out of 158)
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1998
ETH Award for best 1st pre-diploma results in Mechanical Engineering (rank 1 out of 230)
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1997
Helvetia-Patria Award for best over-all results in 1997 Matura graduations
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1997
E. Weber Award for best results in mathematics and physics in 1997 Matura graduations

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