Head of Research
INSERM and Sorbonne Université, Faculté de Mèdecine, Paris, France
Tokyo Institute of Technology, World Research Hub Initiative, Tokyo, Japan
Vittoria Colizza is Head of Research at INSERM (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research) & Sorbonne Université, Faculty of Medicine, working in the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health, within the 'Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Modelling' team where she leads the EPIcx lab (Epidemics in complex environments). Through modeling, her research spans a wide array of issues on epidemic and pandemic risks and propagation, accounting for the role of social contacts and mobility, and the interaction between population behavior and contagion dynamics. Integrating data from sensors and digital surveillance, her work provides actionable insights for the management of epidemic and pandemic crises, evaluating the epidemic impact, anticipating the epidemic evolution and the effectiveness of control measures. Since January 2020 she has been active in the response against COVID-19 pandemic, advising French governmental bodies and health agencies, and international authorities. For her work on the pandemic, in 2020 she received her knighthood of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the Italian President, the highest-ranking honor of the Italian Republic; in 2021 she was awarded the prix Irène Joliot Curie – Prix spécial de l’engagement by the French Academy of Sciences and the French Ministry of Research.
Trained as a physicist (PhD in Statistical and Biological Physics in 2004 at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy), she worked at Indiana University (US) in the School of Informatics as post-doc (2004-2006) and visiting Assistant Professor (2007), and joined ISI Foundation (Turin, Italy, 2007-2010) after being awarded an ERC Starting Grant in Life Sciences in 2007. In 2011 Colizza joined INSERM in Paris, and was promoted Head of research in 2017. Since 2020, she is Visiting Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan.
honors and awards
Colizza received a number of honors and awards, including:
She served as Young Advisor to the Vice President of the European Commission Mrs. Neelie Kroes for the new Digital Agenda for Europe (2011-2014) and as Member of the Innovators’ Strategic Advisory Board on People-Centered Innovation for the Italian Government for G7 in 2017.
For her work on the pandemic and her scientific dissemination engagement, she was selected for a portrait showcased by the French Embassy in Italy in occasion of the National Celebrations of the 14th of July 2020; she was portrayed by Le Monde, Liberation, Corriere della Sera, La Stampa; she was part of a selected group representing the Italian Excellence in France to meet with the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, in occasion of his State visit in Paris, July 5, 2021; she received her knighthood of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the Italian President in 2020; she was awarded the prix Irène Joliot Curie – Prix spécial de l’engagement by the French Academy of Sciences and the French Ministry of Research in 2021.