Vittoria Colizza completed her undergraduate studies in Physics at the University of Rome Sapienza, Italy, in 2001 and received her PhD in Statistical and Biological Physics at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, in 2004. She then spent 3 years at the Indiana University School of Informatics in Bloomington, IN, USA, first as a post-doc and then as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In 2007 she joined the ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy, where she started a new lab after being awarded a Starting Independent Career Grant in Life Sciences by the European Research Council Ideas Program (more info on the EpiFor project webpage). In 2011 Vittoria joined the Inserm (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research) in Paris where she now leads the EPIcx lab working on the characterization and modeling of the spread of emerging infectious diseases, by integrating methods of complex systems with statistical physics approaches, computational sciences, geographic information systems, and mathematical epidemiology. Vittoria received the Young Talent Award by the Italian Ministry of Youth in 2010, the Prix Louis-Daniel Beauperthuy 2012 (Human biology & Medical sciences) by the French Academy of Sciences, the Young Scientist Award for Socio-Econophysics in 2013. She serves since 2011 as the Young Advisor to the Vice President of the European Commission Mrs. Neelie Kroes for the new Digital Agenda for Europe.
Vittoria's main research activities focus on the characterization and modeling of the spread of emerging infectious diseases, by integrating methods of complex systems with statistical physics approaches, computational sciences, and geographic information systems. Current research explores the role of mobility on the worldwide propagation of human epidemics, strategies to control and mitigate pandemics, assessment of epidemic predictions provided in real-time (e.g. 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza, MERS-CoV epidemic, Ebola virus disease epidemic), diffusion and security of cyber epidemics, livestock movements on animal disease spread, characterization and modeling of face-to-face human interactions and of multi-scale human mobility. Colizza also works on the development of the software GLEaMviz Simulator for the simulation of acute infectious diseases at the global scale and on the online influenza surveillance systems, grippenet.fr in France.
Associate Editor of Theoretical Biology and Medical Modeling, BioMed Central (2013-present). Reviewers Board PLOS Currents Outbreaks, Public Library of Science (2013-present). Council Member of Complex Systems Society (2012-present). Steering Committee of the European Conference of Complex Systems (2010-present). Editorial Board PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science (2011-present). Editorial Board Journal of Computational Sciences, Elsevier (2010-present).