Alberto Cristiani studied at the University of Trieste, Italy, and graduated with a degree in Nano-Biotechnology. For his bachelor’s thesis, he worked on identifying inhibitors of Pin1 at the LNCIB laboratory, Italy. He then switched fields to study Computational Biology by joining the Master’s program in Systems Biology at Newcastle University. During this period, he acquired an interdisciplinary skillset and an interest in the quantitative modeling of biological systems. As part of his thesis, he developed a method to automatically detect a set of functional Boolean Networks within the larger gene regulatory networks. After his Master’s degree, he worked briefly as a programmer (AI and Gameplay) at Symmetrical and later as an ETL developer in the Business Intelligence unit of NTT Data, Italy. Alberto then returned to academics and is now a Ph.D. student at the Computational Cell Biology group. He is interested in computational modeling of biological systems using data science approaches and machine learning tools.