Massimo Bellato

Post-doc Fellow

Systems Biology and Bioinformatics Group

Department of Information Engineering

University of Padova

Short Bio

After receiving the B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Padova (IT), Massmio moved to the University of Pavia (IT) where he received the M.Sc. degree in Bioengineering and the Ph.D. in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics.
From 2014 to May 2020, he worked at the Centre of Health Technologies and at the Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Pavia (IT), focusing his resarch in the field of Synthetic Biology. He spent almost a year spread between 2017 and 2020 as Visiting Researcher at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and at the Center of Synthetic Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.
In 2020, he moved to the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova. He collaborates with the Department of Molecular Medicine to start a novel research line in Synthetic Biology applied to Microbiome Engineering by adopting Systems biology as bridging discipline between the two scientific fields.
His main research activities are - not limited to - the design, construction and modeling of synthetic genetic controllers in living cells, rational design of gene expression regulation systems, CRISPR interference technology, cross-kingdom cell communication and microbiota-related medical applications.

Academic Degree

Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Padova, Italy

Thesis title: Il sistema Bose Electroforce per la caratterizzazione del comportamento a trazione di pericardio bovino e porcino.

Master's Degree in Bioengineering at the University of Pavia, Italy

Thesis title: Progettazione bottom-up di sistemi biologici: debug di circuiti genetici interconnessi mediante approcci in-vivo ed in-silico.

PhD in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics at the University of Pavia, Italy

Thesis title: Overcoming Metabolic Burden in Synthetic Biology: A CRISPR-interference Approach.


PhD Student in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics, BMS Laboratory and Centre for Health Technologies - CHT, University of Pavia, Italy


Visiting researcher, Del Vecchio Laboratory, Synthetic Biology Centre - SBC, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


Research Fellow, BMS Laboratory and Centre for Health Technologies - CHT, University of Pavia, Italy


Research Fellow, Dept. of Information Engineering and Dept. of Molecular medicine, University of Padova, Italy


Research Interests

Synthetic and Systems Biology as novel interdisciplinary research fields and enabling technologies


"Silvio Cavalcanti Award" for the Best Master Thesis from the National Group of Bioengineering

Sep, 2015 - Brixen, Italy

Graduation to Professional Information Engineer (Italian legislation)

Dec, 2015 - Pavia, Italy


Founding member of National Group of Bioengineering, since 2019

Young Professional Member of the IEEE-EMB group, since 2016

Member of the AIChE-SBE, since 2018

Co-founder of the MIT-Visiting Student Association (ViStA), since 2016

Participation to projects

Grant "Fondazione Cariplo": "Sustainable bioconversion of lactose into ethanol: field testing of a demonstration plant to close the valorization cycle of dairy waste"

Role: collaborator

Grant "Fondazione Cariplo": "Conversion of industrial bio-waste into biofuels and bioproducts through synthetic biology"

Role: collaborator


Students Supervision

Massimo Bellato has served as supervisor for 6 Master Degree students’ thesis in Bioengineering, Biology and Biotechnology at University of Padova and Pavia.


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Last update: 07-February-2021