Alessandro Marin, PhD

Support Specialist - Business Intelligence and Analytics

Physicist working as Head Engineer at Oslo University. Qualified by 4 years of corporate experience as support specialist in Analytics and 7 years of doctoral and post-doctoral academic experience in solar energy research. Expertise in programming, data acquisition, data analysis, and modelling including statistical analysis and machine learning


Research Assistant - Head Engineer

Extend the functionality of UiO's educational platforms

  • Full stack development of a plugin for Canvas LMS using the LTI standard
  • Develop software and data solutions for different research projects
Dec 2018 - Present

Oslo, Norway

Support Specialist - Business Intelligence and Analytics

Postdoctoral Scientist

Investigated the molecular electronic processes in organic semiconductors by modeling spectroscopic data

  • Developed a nonlinear superposition model in MATLAB to extract charge yields from spectroscopic data
  • Implemented software using queues and event-driven programming in LabVIEW for laser systems
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013

Delft, the Netherlands

Ph.D. in Biophysics of Photosynthesis

Researched the transport of light energy in plant and algal photosynthesis

  • Developed MATLAB software for data processing, performed model-based analysis of spectroscopic data on high performance servers
  • Co-developer of the C (LabWindows) software for a laser detector. Set up real-time instrument control and digital data processing at high-repetition rates
  • Published 6 peer-reviewed publications (4 first author) in academic journals
Apr 2006 - Jun 2011

the Netherlands

Master Thesis in Hearing Research

Researched cochlear mechanics

  • Preprocessed movies of the cochlea with wavelet denoising and deconvolution
  • Invented and developed a MATLAB algorithm that uses optical flow to couple a simulation of cochlear movement to microscopic movies
  • Published a peer reviewed publication in an academic journal
Aug 2004 - Jun 2005

Stockholm, Sweden


PhD in Biophysics of Photosynthesis

Vrije Universiteit

Full time research in biophysics of photosynthesis on the EU funded project Harvest

Apr 2005 - Jun 2012

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

BSc in Physics, MSc in Applied Physics

University of Padova

Karolinska Institute

Bachelor and Master in Physics at University of Padova.
Master thesis in Biophysics of the cochlea at Karolinska Institutet

Sep 1999 - Nov 2005

Padova, Italy

Stockholm, Sweden

Bachelor of Music, Piano

Conservatory of Music Benedetto Marcello

3 years piano, 1 year composition

Sep 2001 - Jun 2004

Venice, Italy


Programming Languages & Tools

  • Software development: Python, Caché ObjectScript, ShellScript (Bash), LabVIEW, Java, C, LabWindows/CVI

  • Website development: HTML/Javascript, React, Angular, Django, NodeJS, REST

  • Data analysis: MATLAB, Python, R, MDX

  • Machine learning: Python (pandas, numpy, matplotlib, scikit-learn, gensim, nltk, etc)

  • Databases: Relational (Caché SQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL and SQLite), NoSQL (MongoDB, InterSystems Caché/IRIS)

  • Version control software: Git, Perforce

  • Cloud: Google Firebase, MongoDB


  • Machine Learning: regression, classification/clustering, ensemble methods, dimensionality reduction, time series analysis, web scraping, natural language processing (topic analysis), anomaly detection, familiarity with recommendation systems, neural networks

  • Professional experience with large-scale code bases (InterSystems Caché)

  • Troubleshooting technical issues using the scientific method and problem solving theory

  • Teamwork: launched and supported research projects resulting in 7 academic publications

  • Management responsibilities and teaching: mentored a new hire and BSc and MSc students, who completed their projects on time and to a high standard. Two years teaching assistant in the MATLAB/LabVIEW course Applied Informatics for Medical Students given in Dutch

  • Business Intelligence Analytics: diagnosing issues on data, BI models, architecture. Recommending optimizations for performance problems, efficient parallel processing of data

  • Scientific/Technical writing: published 4 first-authored academic publications, as well as 12 technical articles for the Developer Community of InterSystems

  • Communication: presented 16 oral talks at international conferences


  • Italian: Native

  • English: Full professional proficiency

  • Dutch: Full professional proficiency

  • Norwegian: Limited professional proficiency (Høyere mellomnivå)

  • French: Limited professional proficiency

  • Spanish: Limited professional proficiency



    • PyPanda: Optimized a method for modeling transcriptional networks in Python
    • PyPuma: Wrote a Python application of a computational biology method for miRNA network inference
    • Zero Waste Locator: MEAN (MongoDB, Express, Angular, Node) app to share Zero Waste stores on Google Maps
    • DeepSeeButtons: Gather and analyze system information from InterSystems platforms
    • InterSystems: Miscellaneous projects involving InterSystems' technology
    • Tantrix: Implementation in Python of a puzzle game
    • iGrow: Webapp allowing users to plot a child’s weight, length and BMI in comparison to reference data from the World Health Organization.

Ongoing Projects


Other Achievements


    • Marin A, van Stokkum IH, Novoderezhkin VI, van Grondelle R. Excitation-induced polarization decay in the plant light-harvesting complex LHCII. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, A: Chemistry, 2012, 234:91-99. Link
    • Marin A, Doust AB, Scholes GD, Wilk KE, Curmi PMG, van Stokkum IHM, van Grondelle R. Flow of excitation energy in the cryptophyte light-harvesting antenna phycocyanin 645. Biophysical Journal, 2011, 101:1004-1013. Link
    • Novoderezhkin VI, Marin A, van Grondelle R. Intra- and inter-monomeric transfers in the light harvesting LHCII complex: the Redfield-Frster picture. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2011, 13(38):17093-103. Link
    • Marin A, Passarini F, van Stokkum IH, Croce R, van Grondelle R. Minor complexes at work: light-harvesting by Carotenoids in the Photosystem II antenna complexes CP24 and CP26 Biophysical Journal, 2011, 100(11):2829-2838. Link
    • Gall A, Berera R, Alexandre MTA, Pascal AA, Bordes L, Mendes-Pinto MM, Andrianambinintso S, Stoitchkova KV, Marin A, Valkunas L, Horton P, Kennis JTM, van Grondelle R, Ruban A, Robert B. Molecular adaptation of photoprotection: Triplet states in light-harvesting proteins Biophysical Journal, 2011, 101(4):934-942. Link
    • Marin A, Passarini F, Croce R, van Grondelle R. The energy transfer pathways in the CP24 and CP26 antenna complexes of higher plant Photosystem II. A comparative study. Biophysical Journal, 2010, 99:4056-4065. Link
    • Boutet de Monvel J, Marin A, Jacob S, Tomo I, von Tiedemann M, Fridberger A, Ulfendahl M, Steele CR. From cochlear kinematics to cochlear mechanics: matching model to experiments Otol Jpn, 2007, 16(2):76-84. Link