Anna Tramontano

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Anna Tramontano
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Anna Tramontano speaking at the ISMB conference in 2015.
Born (1957-07-14)14 July 1957
Naples, Italy
Died 10 March 2017(2017-03-10) (aged 59)
Nationality Italian
Scientific career
Institutions Sapienza University of Rome
Thesis  (1980)

Anna Tramontano (14 July 1957 – 10 March 2017) was an Italian computational biologist and chair professor of biochemistry at the Sapienza University of Rome.[1][2][3] From 2011 to 14 she was a member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC).[4] She was an associate editor for the journal Bioinformatics from 2005 until 2016 editing papers in the area of structural bioinformatics.


Tramontano originally trained as a physicist, gaining her PhD from the University of Naples in 1980.[5] She was later drawn to the field of computational biology and carried out postdoctoral studies at the University of California, San Francisco where she developed the molecular graphics package InsightII. She later joined the biocomputing programme at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg to work with Arthur Lesk on analysis and modelling of antibodies.[6]

Awards and honours[edit]

Tramontano served as vice-president of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), and was elected a Fellow of the ISCB in 2016.[6][7] She served on the ISCB Board of Directors since its beginning,[8] and was a Senior Member of the ISCB for many years.[9]

Capacity building in Computational Biology[edit]

Tramontano actively engaged in computational biology capacity building particularly for developing countries. She supported capacity building efforts of one of the regional student groups (RSG Eastern Africa[10]) affiliated to the ISCB Student Council (ISCBSC)[11] by giving a 3-day course. She traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and sponsored students from the neighboring region (Uganda & Tanzania) to attend a 3-day Proteomics course[12] that she taught. In addition, she connected students from Africa interested in Bioinformatics to various labs in Europe, including her own, for internships or advanced study .

She later went on to assist in securing a King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)[13] funding for a large number of travel fellowships that were awarded to students from Africa to attend the ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics[14] held in Bamako, Mali in 2009.


  1. ^ "Anna Tramontano: CV" (PDF). Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Anna Tramontano publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Anna Tramontano at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ "In memoriam Anna Tramontano" (PDF). Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Wiley: Protein Structure Prediction: Concepts and Applications: Anna Tramontano, Arthur M. Lesk". Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "annasketch". Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "ISCB Congratulates & Introduces the 2016 Class of Fellows!". 22 February 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Mar 16, 2017: Who We Are". 
  9. ^ "ISCB Senior Members". 16 March 2017. 
  10. ^ RSG-EA, "RSG Eastern Africa", RSG Eastern Africa (RSG EA), Retrieved 15th March 2017
  11. ^ "ISCB Student Council", International Society for Computational Biology, Student Council (ISCBSC); retrieved 15 March 2017.
  12. ^ RSG Eastern Africa, "Proteomics course: 3-day proteomics course",; accessed 16 March 2017.
  13. ^ KAUST, "ISCB Student Council", King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); retrieved 15 March 2017.
  14. ^ ASBCB, "Joint ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference, 2009", Joint ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference, 2009