Nicola Chirico graduated in biology at the University of Insubria of Varese (Italy) with a thesis in theoretical biology on the biomass transfer efficiency and stability of model food chains, under the supervision of Prof. Alfredo Porati.
In the same university he completed a PhD thesis titled: "Gene overlap in RNA and DNA viruses: a comparative analysis" under the supervision of Dr. Alberto Vianelli. During the PhD period he spent six month at the Department of zoology of the University of Oxford (UK) under the supervision of Dr. Robert Belshaw. Since 2010, he is working (now with a PhD post-doc research fellowship) in the QSAR and Environmental Chemistry Research Unit of the University of Insubria of Varese (prof. Paola Gramatica), where he develops QSAR software and works on related statistics.

Publications:

Paola Gramatica, Stefano Cassani, and Nicola Chirico. QSARINS-Chem: Insubria Datasets and New QSAR/QSPR Models for Environmental Pollutants in QSARINS. J. Comput. Chem, 2014, 35, p. 1036-1044.

Paola Gramatica, Nicola Chirico, Ester Papa, Stefano Cassani, and Simona Kovarich. QSARINS: A New Software for the Development, Analysis, and Validation of QSAR MLR Models. J. Comput. Chem, 2013, 34, p. 2121-2132.

Nicola Chirico and Paola Gramatica Real External Predictivity of QSAR Models. Part 2. New inter-comparable thresholds for different validation criteria and the need for scatter plot inspection. J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2012, 52, p. 2044-2058. dx.doi.org/10.1021/ci300084j.

Nicola Chirico and Paola Gramatica Real External Predictivity of QSAR Models: How To Evaluate It? Comparison of Different Validation Criteria and Proposal of Using the Concordance Correlation Coefficient J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2011, 51, p. 2320-2335. dx.doi.org/10.1021/ci200211n.

Nicola Chirico, Alberto Vianelli and Robert Belshaw.Why genes overlap in viruses. Proc. Royal Soc. Biol, 2010, 277, p. 3809-3817.

Rafael Sanjuān, Miguel R.Nebot, Nicola Chirico, Louis M. Mansky and Robert Belshaw. Viral mutation rates. J. Virol, 2010, 84, p. 9733-9748.

Alessandro Fumagalli, Bruno Faggion, Matteo Ronchini, Giorgio Terzaghi, Marco Lanfranchi, Nicola Chirico, and Laura Cherchi. Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium deposition to the Prunus laurus cerasus leaf surface as an indicator of the vehicular traffic pollution in the city of Varese area. An easy and reliable method to detect PGEs released from automobile catalytic converters. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res., 2010, 17, p. 665-673.