EMBL’s alumni community and the international research community mourn the passing of Anna Tramontano
By Gennaro Ciliberto, Giulia Piaggio and Valeria Poli
Anna Tramontano studied physics at the University of Naples Federico II, and started her research career at the Institute of Genetics and Biophysics (IGB) of CNR where she focused much of her work on computational biology during her time with Antonio Cascino’s group. Following her time as a postdoc at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), she worked as a staff scientist in the Biocomputing Programme at EMBL in Heidelberg for several years.
In 1990, she returned to Italy and took on the role as Director of the Department of Chemistry and Computational Biology, at the Institute of Molecular Biology Research (IRBM) in Pomezia, which was headed by Riccardo Cortese. In 2001, Anna became Full Professor of Biochemistry at the Department of Biochemical Sciences, and then was later appointed the same role for the Department of Physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
Anna was a leading researcher in the field of bioinformatics, whose original contribution to research has been extraordinary – in particular to the study of protein folding and the prediction of protein-protein interaction. But above all, Anna has been a guide and a role model for many generations of young researchers, known for always combining her passion for science with openness to dialogue. Anna, a true friend to many of us, leaves a huge void. Her smile, sharp wit and immense intelligence will always be fondly remembered.
With much love from your friends at EMBL.
Funds in Anna’s name
For those who wish to contribute, two donation funds have been established in Anna’s name.