Silvia Crivelli

Silvia Crivelli is a computational biologist who has been working on protein folding for 17 years. She has led various teams of students and post-doctoral researchers to compete in CASP (Critical Assessment of techniques for protein Structure Prediction) which is a community-wide, worldwide, multidisciplinary competition that challenges the best labs to submit blind predictions of protein structures every other summer. She recently started the WeFold coopetition (collaboration and competition) experiment that brings together research scientists and citizen scientists to solve one of the 100 top outstanding challenges in science. This large-scale open online coopetition is mediated by the homonymous science gateway ( She wants to leverage the unique character of the social-media-based collaborative research community created by WeFold to develop next generation STEM researchers and to help those young researchers further their professional networks and scientific expertise.

Silvia was born in Argentina, graduated in Applied Math at Argentina’s National University, and came to the United States to pursue a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her interest in applying math and computer science to the solution of scientific problems took her to Berkeley where she completed two post-doctoral research positions, one at NERSC (National Energy Research Scientific Computing) center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and another in the Bioengineering Department at University of California Berkeley. During her Berkeley years her interest in science became a passion that she currently shares with the students and postdocs that work with her at University of California, Davis.

As a member of the selection and steering committees for the Department of Energy (DOE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) program, Silvia has tirelessly worked on the mission to diversify the list of awardees to include more women and people from underrepresented groups. She believes that progress in science will come from the rich combination of ideas that only a highly diverse community can create and that the current generation has the responsibility to provide the means to open doors to individuals from all walks of society.