Daniela Besozzi

Daniela Besozzi
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca | UNIMIB · Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication (DISCo)

PhD

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December 2002 - present
Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy
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  • Università degli Studi di Milano
Education
November 2000 - February 2004
University of Milan
Field of study
  • Computer Science

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Publications (121)
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Calcium homeostasis and signaling processes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as well as in any eukaryotic organism, depend on various transporters and channels located on both the plasma and intracellular membranes. The activity of these proteins is regulated by a number of feedback mechanisms that act through the calmodulin-calcineurin pathway. When e...
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Several software tools for the simulation and analysis of biochemical reaction networks have been developed in the last decades; however, assessing and comparing their computational performance in executing the typical tasks of computational systems biology can be limited by the lack of a standardized benchmarking approach. To overcome these limita...
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Mathematical models of biochemical networks can largely facilitate the comprehension of the mechanisms at the basis of cellular processes, as well as the formulation of hypotheses that can be tested by means of targeted laboratory experiments. However, two issues might hamper the achievement of fruitful outcomes. On the one hand, detailed mechanist...
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Several software tools for the simulation and analysis of biochemical reaction networks have been developed in the last decades; however, assessing and comparing their computational performance in executing the typical tasks of Computational Systems Biology can be limited by the lack of a standardized benchmarking approach. To overcome these limita...
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Background Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-Seq) experiments are gaining ground to study the molecular processes that drive normal development as well as the onset of different pathologies. Finding an effective and efficient low-dimensional representation of the data is one of the most important steps in the downstream analysis of scRNA-Seq data,...
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Self-assembling processes are ubiquitous phenomena that drive the organization and the hierarchical formation of complex molecular systems. The investigation of assembling dynamics, emerging from the interactions among biomolecules like amino-acids and polypeptides, is fundamental to determine how a mixture of simple objects can yield a complex str...
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Combination therapies proved to be a valuable strategy in the fight against cancer, thanks to their increased efficacy in inducing tumor cell death and in reducing tumor growth, metastatic potential, and the risk of developing drug resistance. The identification of effective combinations of drug targets generally relies on costly and time consuming...
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Ras oncoproteins play a crucial role in the onset, maintenance, and progression of the most common and deadly human cancers. Despite extensive research efforts, only a few mutant-specific Ras inhibitors have been reported. We show that cmp4-previously identified as a water-soluble Ras inhibitor-targets multiple steps in the activation and downstrea...
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Mathematical models of biochemical networks can largely facilitate the comprehension of the mechanisms at the basis of cellular processes, as well as the formulation of hypotheses that can be tested by means of targeted laboratory experiments. However, two issues might hamper the achievement of fruitful outcomes. On the one hand, detailed mechanist...
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Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a highly frequent hematological malignancy, characterized by clinical and biological diversity, along with high relapse and mortality rates. The inherent functional and genetic intra-tumor heterogeneity in AML is thought to play an important role in disease recurrence and resistance to chemotherapy. Patient-derived x...
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Advances in microscopy imaging technologies have enabled the visualization of live-cell dynamic processes using time-lapse microscopy imaging. However, modern methods exhibit several limitations related to the training phases and to time constraints, hindering their application in the laboratory practice. In this work, we present a novel method, na...
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Several mathematical formalisms can be exploited to model complex systems, in order to capture different features of their dynamic behavior and leverage any available quantitative or qualitative data. Correspondingly, either quantitative models or qualitative models can be defined; bridging the gap between these two worlds would allow us to simulta...
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Advances in microscopy imaging technologies have enabled the visualization of live-cell dynamic processes using time-lapse microscopy imaging. However, modern methods exhibit several limitations related to the training phases and to time constraints, hindering their application in the laboratory practice. In this work, we present a novel method, na...
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The investigation of cell proliferation can provide useful insights for the comprehension of cancer progression, resistance to chemotherapy and relapse. To this aim, computational methods and experimental measurements based on in vivo label-retaining assays can be coupled to explore the dynamic behavior of tumoral cells. ProCell is a software tha...
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Surfing in rough waters is not always as fun as wave riding the “big one”. Similarly, in optimization problems, fitness landscapes with a huge number of local optima make the search for the global optimum a hard and generally annoying game. Computational Intelligence optimization metaheuristics use a set of individuals that “surf” across the fitnes...
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Mathematical modeling and computational analyses are essential tools to understand and gain novel insights on the functioning of complex biochemical systems. In the specific case of metabolic reaction networks, which are regulated by many other intracellular processes, various challenging problems hinder the definition of compact and fully calibrat...
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Ordinary differential equations (ODEs) are a widespread formalism for the mathematical modeling of natural and engineering systems, whose analysis is generally performed by means of numerical integration methods. However, real-world models are often characterized by stiffness, a circumstance that can lead to prohibitive execution times. In such cas...
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Motivation: The elucidation of dysfunctional cellular processes that can induce the onset of a disease is a challenging issue from both experimental and computational perspectives. Here we introduce a novel computational method based on the coupling between fuzzy logic modeling and a global optimization algorithm, whose aims are to (1) predict the...
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Background Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-Seq) experiments are gaining ground to study the molecular processes that drive normal development as well as the onset of different pathologies. Finding an effective and efficient low-dimensional representation of the data is one of the most important steps in the downstream analysis of scRNA-Seq data,...
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Computational Intelligence methods, which include Evolutionary Computation and Swarm Intelligence, can efficiently and effectively identify optimal solutions to complex optimization problems by exploiting the cooperative and competitive interplay among their individuals. The exploration and exploitation capabilities of these meta-heuristics are typ...
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Background In order to fully characterize the genome of an individual, the reconstruction of the two distinct copies of each chromosome, called haplotypes, is essential. The computational problem of inferring the full haplotype of a cell starting from read sequencing data is known as haplotype assembly, and consists in assigning all heterozygous Si...
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Prostate cancer is the most common malignant tumors in men but prostate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) analysis remains challenging. Besides whole prostate gland segmentation, the capability to differentiate between the blurry boundary of the Central Gland (CG) and Peripheral Zone (PZ) can lead to differential diagnosis, since tumor's frequency a...
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Background and objectives: Image segmentation represents one of the most challenging issues in medical image analysis to distinguish among different adjacent tissues in a body part. In this context, appropriate image pre-processing tools can improve the result accuracy achieved by computer-assisted segmentation methods. Taking into consideration i...
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Motivation Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is one of the most common hematological malignancies, characterized by high relapse and mortality rates. The inherent intra-tumor heterogeneity in AML is thought to play an important role in disease recurrence and resistance to chemotherapy. Although experimental protocols for cell proliferation studies are w...
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The computational analysis of complex biological systems can be hindered by two main factors. First, modeling the system so that it can be easily understood and analyzed by non-expert users is not always possible, especially when dealing with systems of Ordinary Differential Equations. Second, when the system is composed of hundreds or thousands of...
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The reconstruction of the haplotype pair for each chromosome is a hot topic in Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis. In Haplotype Assembly (HA), all heterozygous Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) have to be assigned to exactly one of the two chromosomes. In this work, we outline the state-of-the-art on HA approaches and present an in-depth analy...
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The process of inferring a full haplotype of a cell is known as haplotyping, which consists in assigning all heterozygous Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) to exactly one of the two chromosomes. In this work, we propose a novel computational method for haplotype assembly based on Genetic Algorithms (GAs), named GenHap. Our approach could effic...
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Medical imaging systems often require the application of image enhancement techniques to help physicians in anomaly/abnormality detection and diagnosis, as well as to improve the quality of images that undergo automated image processing. In this work we introduce MedGA, a novel image enhancement method based on Genetic Algorithms that is able to im...
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In the field of Systems Biology, simulating the dynamics of biochemical models represents one of the most effective methodologies to understand the functioning of cellular processes in normal or altered conditions. However, the lack of kinetic rates, necessary to perform accurate simulations, strongly limits the scope of these analyses. Parameter E...
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The process of inferring a full haplotype of a cell is known as haplotyping, which consists in assigning all heterozygous Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) to exactly one of the two chromosomes. In this work, we propose a novel computational method for haplotype assembly based on Genetic Algorithms (GAs), named GenHap. Our approach could effic...
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Among the existing global optimization algorithms, Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) is one of the most effective methods for non-linear and complex high-dimensional problems. Since PSO performance strongly depends on the choice of its settings (i.e., inertia, cognitive and social factors, minimum and maximum velocity), Fuzzy Logic (FL) was previou...
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Reaction systems represent a theoretical framework based on the regulation mechanisms of facilitation and inhibition of biochemical reactions. The dynamic process defined by a reaction system is typically derived by hand, starting from the set of reactions and a given context sequence. However, this procedure may be error-prone and time-consuming,...
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A major barrier to the practical utilization of large, complex models of biochemical systems is the lack of open-source computational tools to evaluate model behaviors over high-dimensional parameter spaces. This is due to the high computational expense of performing thousands to millions of model simulations required for statistical analysis. To a...
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Background Mathematical modeling and in silico analysis are widely acknowledged as complementary tools to biological laboratory methods, to achieve a thorough understanding of emergent behaviors of cellular processes in both physiological and perturbed conditions. Though, the simulation of large-scale models—consisting in hundreds or thousands of r...
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To investigate the behavior of biochemical systems, many runs of Gillespie’s Stochastic Simulation Algorithm (SSA) are generally needed, causing excessive computational costs on Central Processing Units (CPUs). Since all SSA runs are independent, the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors based on the Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture can be exploited t...
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Several studies in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Systems Biology rely on the definition of physico-chemical or mathematical models of biological systems at different scales and levels of complexity, ranging from the interaction of atoms in single molecules up to genome-wide interaction networks. Traditional computational methods and sof...
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Mathematical modeling and computational analyses of biological systems generally pose to modelers questions like: “Which modeling approach is suitable to describe the system we are interested in? Which computational tools do we need to simulate and analyze this system? What kind of predictions the model is expected to give?”. To answer these questi...
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Systems Biology is an approach to biology and medicine that has the potential to lead to a better understanding of how biological properties emerge from the interaction of genes, proteins, molecules, cells and organisms. The approach aims at elucidating how these interactions govern biological function by employing experimental data, mathematical m...
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This chapter introduces a computational strategy to infer a reaction-based models (RBM) that specifically represents a gene regulation model (GRM) characterized by some predefined behavior. It then presents a two-level evolutionary design (ED) methodology, named cuGENED, which integrates two evolutionary computation (EC) algorithms, namely Cartesia...
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Stochastic simulations of biochemical reaction networks can be computationally expensive on Central Processing Units (CPUs), especially when a large number of simulations is required to compute the system states distribution or to carry out advanced model analysis. Anyway, since all simulations are independent, parallel architectures can be exploit...
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Despite the intense research focused on the investigation of the functioning settings of Particle Swarm Optimization, the particles initialization functions — determining the initial positions in the search space — are generally ignored, especially in the case of real-world applications. As a matter of fact, almost all works exploit uniform distrib...
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Among the existing global optimization algorithms, Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) is one of the most effective when dealing with non-linear and complex high-dimensional problems. However, the performance of PSO is strongly dependent on the choice of its settings. In this work we propose a novel and self-tuning PSO algorithm - called Proactive Pa...
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Cell metabolism is the biochemical machinery that provides energy and building blocks to sustain life. Understanding its fine regulation is of pivotal relevance in several fields, from metabolic engineering applications to the treatment of metabolic disorders and cancer. Sophisticated computational approaches are needed to unravel the complexity of...
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In this chapter we present an application of membrane systems to the study of intracellular diffusive processes. In particular, a class of membrane systems, called \(\tau \)-DPP, is used for the modeling, simulation and analysis of bacterial chemotaxis. Two different models of this signal transduction pathway are presented. The first is a single vo...
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The definition of computational methodologies for the inference of molecular structural information plays a relevant role in disciplines as drug discovery and metabolic engineering, since the functionality of a biochemical molecule is determined by its three-dimensional structure. In this work, we present an automatic methodology to solve the Molec...
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The introduction of general-purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) is boosting scientific applications in Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, and Computational Biology. In these fields, the use of high-performance computing solutions is motivated by the need of performing large numbers of in silico analysis to study the behavior of biological system...
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In the last years, graphics processing units (GPUs) witnessed ever growing applications for a wide range of computational analyses in the field of life sciences. Despite its large potentiality, GPU computing risks remaining a niche for special-ists, due to the programming and optimization skills it requires. In this work we present cupSODA, a simul...