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Stefano Zapperi

Stefano Zapperi is currently professor of theoretical condensed matter physics at the University of Milano and coordinator of the Center for Complexity and Biosystems. He graduated in physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and received his Ph. D. in physics from Boston University. After a postdoctoral position at ESPCI in Paris, he became tenured researcher at INFM at the University Rome and then at the University Modena and Reggio Emilia. He became then senior researcher at CNR-IENI in Milano. He has been invited as visiting scientist or visiting professor in many institutions worldwide, including Cornell University, Aalto University, ENS, Boston College, Rice University and the Weizmann Institute of Science. Prof. Zapperi in an expert in the statistical physics of complex systems and has contributed to the fields of materials science, biophysics and systems biology. His most notable contributions include the theory of the Barkhausen noise in magnets, the statistical physics of plasticity and fracture, and recent work on the physics of cancer and protein aggregation. He published more than 200 scientific papers in the top scientific journals, including 4 in Nature, 3 in Science, 5 in PNAS and 32 in Phys. Rev. Lett. gathering more than 10000 citations (scholar). In 2017, he co-authored with Caterina La Porta a book on the Physics of Cancer. Prof. Zapperi is the recipient of numerous awards including the Marie Curie Excellence Award, the Humboldt Research Awards, the Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. He was elected fellow of the American Physical Society and named Finland Distinguished Professor by the Academy of Finland. He is member of the editorial boards of JSTAT and Physical Biology.

Prof. Zapperi is currently visiting professor at the Department of Materials Science of FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and at Arnold Sommerfeld Center of LMU Munich, Germany.

Awards and Honors
Humboldt Research Award
Fellow of the American Physical Society
Finland Distinguished Professor,
Academy of Finland
Selected grants
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