Erica Valentini


Erica Valentini has a Bachelor degree in Biology obtained in the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and during her studies she spent one year at the University of Valencia. Then, having a great interest in mathematics and computer science, she moved to the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” for a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics. Her Master’s thesis project: “Computational analysis of the Cyclophilin-Cyclosporin A complex in Leishmania and Human” was conducted part in the Center for Molecular Bioinformatics in Rome under the supervision of Prof. M. H. Citterich and part at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona under the supervision of C. Notredame. Working on her thesis she increased her knowledge about protein structures and multiple sequence alignment. After her graduation in 2011 she started an internship as visiting scientist in the K. Patil’s laboratory at EMBL in Heidelberg working in System Biology to broaden her perspective in bioinformatics. She has just joined as a predoc the D. Svergun group in the Hamburg outstation of EMBL.


Erica Valentini
Project Topic
Complementary tools to study IDPs
Brief Project Description
Bioinformatics applied to improve Intrinsically Disordered Proteins analysis through SAXS and NMR.
Project Home
Supervisor Dmitri Svergun
Starting Date October 2011
Varadi, M., Kosol, S., Lebrun, P., Valentini, E., Blackledge, M., Dunker, A.K., Felli, I.C., Forman-Kay, J.D., Kriwacki, R.W., Pierattelli, R., Sussman, J., Svergun, D.I., Uversky, V.N., Vendruscolo, M., Wishart, D., Wright, P.E. & Tompa, P.
pE-DB: a database of structural ensembles of intrinsically disordered and of unfolded proteins.
Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Oct 29. Europe PMC

11th international conference on Biology and Synchrotron Radiation
September 2013-Hamburg,Germany

Intensive training course Marie Curie Training Network
Complementary skills: Entrepreneurship and NMR
September 2013-Zurich,Switzerland

April 2013-Hamburg, Germany

Intensive training module Marie Curie Training Network
On-line purification in SAXS experiments
March 2013-Hamburg, Germany

Intensive training course Marie Curie Training Network
SAXS and computational techniques to study intrinsically disordered proteins
March 2013-Hamburg,Germany

EBI computational course
November 2012-Hinxton, United Kingdom

Workshop, speaker
Macro-molecular structure of biological and non-biological materials
November 2012-Hurgada, Egypt

Intensive Training Module – Marie Curie Training Network
Protein Structure Analysis using NMR Chemical Shifts
May 2012 - Cambridge, United Kingdom

Complementary Skills Training – Marie Curie Training Network
Self Marketing, Project Management, Benchmarks and Competition in Research
February 2012 - St. Moritz, Switzerland

Intensive Training Course – Marie Curie Training Network
Bioinformatics and Structural biology of IDPs
October 2011 - Budapest, Hungary

Scientific Posters



Design of a Small Angle X-Ray Scattering Databasem
November 2012, EBI course, Hinxton, United Kingdom




DaRa-X, an extended biological SAXS database
September 2013, Biology and Synchrotron Radiation conference, Hamburg, Germany