Andrea Perna is Assistant Professor at the IMT School of Advanced Studies. His research focuses on the characterisation and modelling of complex biological systems. He has authored major scientific contributions in areas of collective animal behaviour (e.g. flocking), self-organised pattern-formation (e.g. the morphogenesis of termite nests) and ecology. After a PhD in neurobiology and psychophysics of the human brain obtained from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, he went on to take postdoctoral positions at various European academic institutions: the Complex Systems Institute of Paris-Ile de France (France), the University of Brussels (Belgium) and the University of Uppsala (Sweden). From 2016 to 2023 Andrea Perna was a Senior Lecturer (tenured) in Theoretical Biology at the University of Roehampton (UK), where he developed teaching modules in data analysis and quantitative biology, and he led a research group in quantitative biology (supported by funding from The Royal Society and from The Leverhulme Trust). At IMT Andrea Perna develops research aimed at understanding the micro-level assemblage principles of ecological networks.