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Pier Federico Gherardini, PhD

Director, Informatics



Pier Federico Gherardini, PhD, is director of informatics at PICI. His work focuses on the development of computational methods for the visualization and analysis of high-dimensional data, with a particular focus on single-cell analysis.

Gherardini has a strong passion for the development and application of new technologies and for thinking about the challenges such technologies bring to data analysis and interpretation. At PICI, his work focuses on the implementation of advanced assay technologies for the analysis of clinical samples, from evaluating new approaches to developing computational methods to visualize and analyze the resulting data. Gherardini is also interested in tools that support human-driven analysis of complex datasets, including interactive visualization methods and information systems that can support a rapid iteration cycle of analysis and interpretation.

Prior to joining PICI, Gherardini was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Garry P. Nolan, PhD, at Stanford, where he performed both computational and wet lab work. While at Stanford he developed a technology for highly multiplexed simultaneous measurement of proteins and RNAs in single cells by mass cytometry, as well as a method for building an interactive map of the immune system that incorporates prior knowledge about major cell types.

Gherardini holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy and a certificate from the Ignite program in innovation and entrepreneurship from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.