“From Pandemic to Paperdemics: the Rise od Bad Science with Covid-19”


Prof. Enrico Bucci

Temple University (USA)

DATE: 31st July 2020 (GMT +8)
TIME: 4:00 – 5:00 pm (Time in China)

Enrico Bucci, was born in Naples, Italy, in 1972. He graduated summa cum laude in Biology in 1997 (University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy). After 4 years as PhD student, comprising two years in Germany (Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie, Jena, now called the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute), he earned a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2001 by the Naples University “Federico II” (Italy). The same year he was appointed full researcher at the Institute for Biostructures and Bioimages of Italy’s National Research Council (CNR).

In 2006, he founded his first start-up, BioNucleon Srl, which won the “2006 Best Young and Innovative Italian company” and was dedicated to nucleic-acid based drugs. It was incubated at the Canavese Bioindustry Park. Enrico Bucci then became CSO of the Park, heading a group of about 20 scientists which filed more than 10 patent applications and published several research papers, while still running Bionucleon. By the end of 2008, after honouring all commitments related to its previous role, Enrico Bucci moved to become CSO of Biodigitalvalley Srl, his second start-up, dedicated to bioinformatics. In January 2013, he was appointed CEO.

In July 2014, he voluntarily resigned from the CNR, since at the time he was investigating a high-profile case of scientific misconduct involving that institution.

In June 2016, he was appointed adjunct Professor of Biology and Director of the System Biology program of the Sbarro Health Research Organization at the College of Science and Technology, Temple University (Philadelphia, US).

In July 2016, Bucci left Biodigitalvalley and founded Resis Srl, a company dedicated to research integrity.

Prof. Bucci’s current research interests include:


1-Biological data mining and analytics;

2-Big Data and social network analytics in the pharmaceutical field;

3-Network biology;

4-Image analysis;

5-Scientific fraud detection and analysis


Enrico Bucci has co-authored around 80 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, ranging from quantitative palaeontology to structural biology and image analysis, and led the scientific coordination of several projects, many of which included both academic and industrial partners, in Italy and abroad.

He is co-author of chapters in scientific books and he is author of a book dedicated to scientific fraud, published in September 2015. His work on detecting scientific fraud has been covered by several national and international magazines, including Nature (2013, 2015, 2016), and has been broadcast by the Italian State TV (RAI).

Since May 2017, he has served as advisor to the CNR in a project to develop a software screening pipeline to foster the integrity and correctness of all research published by the CNR’s 7000 or so researchers.


He is an Expert Member of the Bioethics Committee of the European Society of Cardiovascular Surgery and a member of the Virtual Physiology Human Institute.

He is a vice-chair for the evaluation of FET-OPEN H2020 European Research Projects.

He is image editor in charge of integrity checking of figures to be published by some biomedical journals (NPG group and others).

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