People in the LTDB project

LTDB was developed as a spin off project from an interdisciplinary iPhD application funded by SystemsX.ch

It was developed as a joint collaboration by Institute for Research in Biomedicine, and the Institute of Computational Science from Università della Svizzera italiana (CH)


Diego Ulisse Pizzagalli1,2 is an interdisciplinary PhD candidate at Università della Svizzera italiana - Switzerland.
He obtained a BSc (2011) and a MSc (2013) in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano - Italy.
His research focuses on the development of novel image-based systems biology methods to analyze the interplay of leukocytes observed by intravital video microscopy.

  Dr. Santiago Fernandez Gonzalez1 is group leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Bellinzona.
He holds two PhD degrees, one in microbiology - University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and one in immunology - University of Copenhagen (Denmark).
From 2007 to 2011 he was a postdoc in the group of Michael Carroll at the Immune Disease Institute, Harvard Medical School, in Boston (USA).
He directs the group "Infection and Immunity" at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine since 2013.
  Prof. Dr. Marcus Thelen1 is group leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Bellinzona and affiliated Professor at the University of Bern - Switzerland.
He studied Biochemistry in Tubingen - Germany.
His research interest is leukocyte activation with a particular focus on the molecular mechanisms of leukocyte migration.
  Prof. Dr. Rolf Krause2 is the director of the Institute of Computational Science and professor at the Faculty of Informatics, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano - Switzerland.
His research focuses on numerical simulation and mathematical modeling in scientific computing and computational sciences, leading the research group "High Performance Methods for Numerical Simulation in Science, Medicine and Engineering".
He is also co-director of the recently installed "Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology".


Collaborating institutions:

  1. Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Università della Svizzera Italiana (CH)
  2. Institute of Computational Science, Università della Svizzera Italiana (CH)
  3. Theodor Kocher Institute, University of Bern (CH)
  4. Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital (MA)
  5. Departments of Immunology and Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba (CA)
  6. IMIM Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (ES)
  7. Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano (IT)

Scientific collaborators
Miguel Palomino Segura1, Yagmur Farsakoglu1, Elisa Palladino1, Jordi Sintes6, Francesco Marangoni4, Thorsten Mempel4, Wan Hon Koh5, Thomas T. Murooka5, Flavian Thelen3, Jens Volker Stein3, Giuseppe Pozzi7



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How to cite

Pizzagalli, D. U. et al. Leukocyte Tracking Database, a collection of immune cell
tracks from intravital 2-photon microscopy videos. Sci. Data 5:180129 doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.129




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