Roberto Covino

Prof. Dr. Roberto Covino

Research Area: Life- and Neurosciences
Focuses: Biophysics, Multiscale Modelling, Cellular Biology

Research Group


Office: 1|404 (FIAS)
Phone: +49 69 798 47659


Dr. Roberto Covino studied physics and theoretical physics at the University of Bologna, graduating with a master’s thesis on black hole evaporation. He then moved to Trento University for his PhD, where he investigated how proteins fold to their native structure by developing advanced computational methods. After receiving his PhD, he joined the newly founded Department of Theoretical Biophysics at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt. During his postdoc, he studied the mechanism of sensing in cellular membranes and developed novel computational methods integrating physics-based models and machine learning. Since April 2020 he is independent group leader and research fellow at FIAS. His group focuses on developing methods and applications for multi-scale quantitative modelling of cellular processes.  




Google Scholar



2020 - today Fellow

Further Organisations

2024 - today Professor of Computational Life Science at Goethe-University Frankfurt

2023-2024 Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Protein Science at Bayreuth University

2014 - 2020 Postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Theoretical Biophysics, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics.

2011 - 2013 PhD student at the Department of Physics, Trento University.

Honours and Awards

  • Martin and Beate Block Winter Award for a promising young physicist (2018).
  • PhD in Physics with highest honours
  • PhD scholarship by the Italian Ministry of Education.