Associate Professor,
Department of Statistical Sciences,
University of Padova
Via C. Battisti, 241
35121 Padova, Italy

E-mail: risso (dot) davide (at) gmail (dot) com
Google Scholar
Curriculum Vitae

Research and Teaching Interests

My research focus is on the development, implementation and application of statistical models in high-throughput sequencing and other genomic data. Currently, my main focus is on single-cell RNA-seq.

I am interested in the statistical modeling of high-dimensional data, parametric and non-parametric regression, clustering, factor analysis and dimensionality reduction, multiple hypothesis testing, combining data from multiple sources (meta-analysis), exploratory data analysis and data visualization, reproducible research.


I received my Ph.D. in Statistics in 2012 from the University of Padua, in Italy, under the supervision of Monica Chiogna (co-supervised by Sandrine Dudoit and Chiara Romualdi). I graduated in February 2012 with the Thesis “Simultaneous Inference for RNA-Seq data.”

I was a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Statistics (2012 – 2014) and at the Division of Biostatistics (2014 – 2016) at the University of California, Berkeley. In the Fall of 2014 I was a Lecturer in the Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.

In February 2017 I joined the faculty of the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology of Weill Cornell Medicine as an Assistant Professor.

After being awarded a “Rita Levi Montalcini” fellowship, in 2018 I joined the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Padova as an Assistant Professor.

Since July 2021 I am an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Padova.