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Dr. Giuseppe Pigola received his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics for Technology at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Catania (joint program with University of Kaiserslautern, Germany). He has been visiting researcher, Maryland University and New York University. For four years he has had a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Catania. His research interests include Wireless Networks, Data Mining, Graphs Algorithms and Bioinformatics. Currently he has a collaboration contract with Italian CNR (National Research Council).

Here you can found a detailed CV (in Italian).

In what follow a brief list of pubblications:


  • 2013 L. Cascione, A. Ferro, R. Giugno, G. Pigola, A. Pulvirenti, “Microarrays Data Analysis: From Preaparation to Classification”. Book Title: “Biological Knowledge Discovery Handbook: Preprocessing, Mining and Postprocessing of Biological Data”, edited by Mourad Elloumi and Albert Y. Zomaya, to be published by Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-1181-3273-9
  • 2013 Luciano Cascione, Alfredo Ferro, Rosalba Giugno, Alessandro Laganà, Giuseppe Pigola, Alfredo Pulvirenti, Dario Veneziano, “Elucidating the role of microRNAs in cancer through data mining techniques”, Book title: “MiRNA Cancer Regulation - Advanced Concepts, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Tools”, edited by Schmitz, Olaf Wolkenhauer and Julio Vera, to be published by Springer New York. ISBN: 8-94-007-5589-5
  • 2005 Cinzia Di Pietro, Alfredo Ferro, Giuseppe Pigola, Alfredo Pulvirenti, Michele Purrello, Marco Ragusa, Dennis Shasha, “AntiClustAl: Multiple Sequence Alignment by Antipole Clustering”. Book title: “Data Mining in Bioinformatics”, edited by Xindong Wu, Lakhmi Jain, Jason T. L. Wang, Mohammed J. Zaki, Hannu T. T. Toivonen, Dennis Shasha, Springer, 2005: 43-57, DOI 10.1007/1-84628-059-1_3



  • 2015 Alfredo Pulvirenti, Rosalba Giugno, Rosario Distefano, Giuseppe Pigola, Misael Mongiovi, Girolamo Giudice, Vera Vendramin, Alessandro Lombardo, Federica Cattonaro and Alfredo Ferro, “A knowledge base for Vitis vinifera functional analysis”, BMC Systems Biology 2015, 9 (Suppl 3):S5 doi:10.1186/1752-0509-9-S3-S5
  • 2013 Rosalba Giugno, Alfredo Pulvirenti, Luciano Cascione, Giuseppe Pigola, Alfredo Ferro, “MIDClass: Microarray Data Classification by Association Rules and Gene Expression Intervals”, PLoS One, 01/2013; 8:e69873. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0069873
  • 2013 Carmelo Cassisi, Alfredo Ferro, Rosalba Giugno, Giuseppe Pigola, Alfredo Pulvirenti, “Enhancing density-based clustering: Parameter reduction and outlier detection”, Information Systems 38(3): 317-330 (2013), DOI 10.1016/j.is.2012.09.001.
  • 2011 S. Cristaldi, A. Ferro, R. Giugno, G. Pigola, A. Pulvirenti, “Obstacles Constrained Group Mobility Models in Event-Driven Wireless Networks with Movable Base Stations”, Ad Hoc Networks 9 (2011), pp. 400-417, DOI information: 10.1016/j.adhoc.2010.07.004
  • 2007 A. Ferro, R. Giugno, G. Pigola, A. Pulvirenti, C. Di Pietro, M. Purrello, M. Ragusa, “Sequence similarity is more relevant than species specificity in probabilistic backtranslation”, BMC Bioinformatics 8 : 58, 2007. DOI:10.1186/1471-2105-8-58
  • 2007 A. Ferro, R. Giugno, G. Pigola, A. Pulvirenti, D. Skripin, G. D. Bader, D. Shasha. “NetMatch: a Cytoscape Plugin for Searching Biological Networks” Bioinformatics Vol. 23, pp. 910-912, 2007 ISSN: 1367-4803. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btm032
  • 2003 Ferro, G. Pigola, A. Pulvirenti, D. Shasha, “Fast Clustering and Minimum Weight Matching Algorithms for Very Large Mobile Backbone Wireless Networks”, International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science, special Issue on Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing, I. Stojmenovic ed, Vol. 14 N. 2, April 2003. DOI: 10.1142/S0129054103001698


  • 2014 Rosario Di Stefano, Alfredo Pulvirenti, Rosalba Giugno, Giuseppe Pigola, Misael Mongivì, Alfredo Ferro, “A knowledge-base for the vitis-vinifera functional analysis”, Bioinformatics Italian Society (BITS) Annual meeting, 2014, Rome
  • 2009 A. Ferro, R. Giugno, A. Laganà, M. Mongiovì, G. Pigola, A. Pulvirenti, G. Bader, D. Shasha, “miRScape: A Cytoscape Plugin to Annotate Biological Networks with microRNAs”, Network Tools and Applications in Biology (Nettab), Focused on Technologies, Tools and Applications for Collaborative and Social Bioinformatics Research and Development, Catania, June 10 -13, 2009
  • 2008 V. Svicher, C. Alteri C, A. Laganà, G. Pigola, S. Dimonte, C. Mussini, F. Forbici, A. Ferro, P. Narciso, A. Antinori, F. Ceccherini-Silberstein, C. F. Perno, “Synonymous Mutations are Involved in the Highly Ordered Regulation of NRTI Resistance”, XVII International HIV Drug Resistance Workshop – Melia Sitges, Spain, June 10-14 2008. Antiviral Therapy 13:S3A62 (2008).
  • 2006 A. Ferro, R. Giugno, M. Mongiovi’, G. Pigola, A. Pulvirenti, “Distributed Clustering and Closest-Match Motion Planning Algorithms for Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks with Movable Base Stations”, Med-Hoc-Net 2006, (pp. 53-59). Isbn/Issn: 88-902405-1-2
  • 2006 A. Ferro, R. Giugno, M. Mongiovi’, G. Pigola, A. Pulvirenti, “Distributed Antipole Clustering for Efficient Data Search and Management in Euclidean and Metric Spaces”, IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium, Rhodes Island, Greece, April 2006. DOI: 10.1109/IPDPS.2006.1639313
  • 2003 C. Di Pietro, V. di Pietro, G. Emmanuele, A. Ferro, T. Maugeri, E. Modica, G. Pigola, A. Pulvirenti, M. Purrello, M. Ragusa, M. Scalia, D. Shasha, S. Travali, V. Zimmitti, “ANTICLUSTAL: Multiple Sequence Alignment by Antipole Clustering and Linear Approximate 1-Median Computation”, IEEE Computer Society Bioinformatics Conference, 2003, (USA). DOI: 10.1109/CSB.2003.1227333



  • 2009 Bonnici V., Di Natale R., Ferro A., Giugno R., Mongiovi M., Pigola G., Pulvirenti A., Shasha D., “Enhancing Graph Database Indexing By Suffix Tree Structure”, BITS, 18-20 Marzo 2009, Genova, Italy
  • 2006 R. Giugno, D. Skripin, A. Pulvirenti, G. Pigola, D. Reforgiato, M. Ragusa, C. Di Pietro, S. Guccione, M. Purrello, D. Shasha, A. Ferro. “GraphBlast: A Fast and Universal Method for Querying Graphs”, World Pharmaceutical Congress, May 23-25 2006 Pennsylvania Convention Center - Philadelphia, PA (USA).
  • 2004 C. Di Pietro, A. Ferro, R. Giugno, A. Lagana', G. Pigola, A. Pulvirenti, M. Purrello, M. Ragusa “AntiClustAl: Multiple Sequence Alignment by Antipole Clustering”, CNB7 - 7th National Biotechnology Congress – Catania, 8-10 Settembre 2004, Italy.
  • 2003 C. Di Pietro, M. Ragusa, A. Pulvirenti, A. Messina, R. Giugno, E. Modica, A. Rapisarda, V. Giunta, G. Pigola, V. Zimmitti, V. Di Pietro, K. H. Grzeschik, R. Roeder, A. Ferro, M. Purrello, “Identificazione ed analisi evolutiva di THG, un gene umano caratterizzato da elevata omologia a TBP, mediante un approccio combinato di biologia sperimentale e di biologia computazionale”, 6° Congresso della Associazione Italiana di Biologia e Genetica generale e molecolare (AIBG), Giardini, Messina, 1-5 Ottobre 2003, Italy.
  • 2003 M. Purrello, C. Di Pietro, M. Ragusa, A. Pulvirenti, G. Pigola, R. Giugno, E. Modica, V. Zimmitti, V. Di Pietro, T. Maugeri, G. Emmanuele, S. Travali, M. Scalia, D. Shasha, A. Ferro, “La clonazione in vitro ed in silico di SOD2 di Xenopus Laevis e la sua analisi evolutiva mediante Anticlustal, un nuovo programma per l'allineamento multiplo, dimostrano un'elevata conservazione della sua sequenza aminoacidica durante l'evoluzione”, Associazione Italiana di Biologia e Genetica AIBG (www.aibg.it), 1-5 Ottobre 2003, Italy