Dr. Albert Navarro-Gallinad


I am interested in understanding how being exposed to certain environments can affect children's health, and my goal is to find ways to reduce their exposure to harmful surroundings. That is why I am a Health Data Scientist (Postdoc) in the maternal and child health group at the Human Technopole (Milan, Italy), where I develop methods to support the areas of study regarding the environmental effects on human health

During my free time, I love traveling the world and immersing myself in different cultures, which always provides a fresh perspective. I enjoy reading science fiction and popular science books while traveling or during my daily commute. Additionally, I stay active in sports, particularly basketball, aikido, and running as an excuse to visit beautiful places.

Resume CV


Summary of qualifications

  • PhD-level Computer Scientist (Artificial Intelligence) with a proven track record of delivering high-quality, scientific results through critical analysis and interpretation.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills: 4 first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, 2 co-authorship papers, 5 data and code outputs, and 6 oral presentations at international conferences.
  • Proven experience in developing expert systems to address complex data linkage challenges in the healthcare domain.

Academic journey

  • PhD in Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin
    • Project: address the data interoperability challenge for researchers studying the influence of environmental factors associated with a disease using a Knowledge Graph approach. Thesis available at http://hdl.handle.net/2262/102971
    • Supervisors: Declan O’Sullivan and Fabrizio Orlandi
    • Supervisory panel: Dipak Kalra (i~HD), Xavier Rodó (ISGlobal) and Mark Little (TCD)
  • MSc Modelling for Science and Engineering, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona.
    • Specialization in Complex Systems with courses in data modelling for Big Data.
    • Participated in the Kawasaki disease project with the aim of comprehending Kawasaki disease through aerosol optical measurements supervised by Dr. Xavier Rodó, ISGlobal.
  • BA Nanotechnology, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona and Erasmus Mundus Belgium
    • Interdisciplinary training in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics.
    • Bachelor’s project in Microwave assisted synthesis of VO2 nanocrystals




Data Science challenge in rare autoimmune diseases (2019-2023)



Impact of environmental factors and flare prediction in ANCA vasculitis (2018-2022)


WINDBIOME — Research assistant

Aerial micro-biome diversity and their role in Kawasaki disease (2016-2018)



Peer-reviewed journal and conference papers

  1. Rodó, X.*, Navarro-Gallinad, A.*, Kojima, T., Morguí, JA, Borràs, S., and Fontal, A. (2023) ‘Sub-weekly signatures relate ultrafine aerosols enriched in metals from intensive farming and urban pollution to Kawasaki Disease’, Environmental Research Letters, 18(7), p. 074011. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/acd798.
  2. Navarro-Gallinad, A., Orlandi, F., Scott, J., Little, M., and O’Sullivan, D. (2022). Evaluating the usability of a semantic environmental health data framework: Approach and study. Semantic Web, 14(5), pages 787-810. https://doi.org/10.3233/SW-223212.
  3. Navarro-Gallinad, A., Orlandi, F., and O’Sullivan, D. (2021). Enhancing Rare Disease Research with Semantic Integration of Environmental and Health Data. In The 10th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Graphs, IJCKG’21, pages 19–27, New York, NY, USA. Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3502223.3502226.
  4. Scott, J., Havyarimana, E., Navarro-Gallinad, A., White, A., Wyse, J., Van Geffen, J., Van Weele, M., Buettner, A., Wanigasekera, T., Walsh, C., Aslett, L., Kelleher, J., Power, J., Ng, J., O’Sullivan, D., Hederman, L., Basu, N., Little, M., and Zgaga, L. on behalf of the RKD and UKIVAS groups. (2022) The association between ambient UVB dose and ANCA-associated vasculitis relapse and onset. Arthritis Res Ther 24, 147. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13075-022-02834-6. My contribution as a co-author included the development of maps to present and study the spatial distribution of people with ANCA associated vasculitis and the review of the data aspects in the manuscript.
  5. Navarro-Gallinad, A., Meehan, A. and O’Sullivan, D. The Semantic Combining for Exploration of Environmental and Disease Data Dashboard for Clinician Researchers, In Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data co-located with the 19th International Semantic Web Conference, VOILA@ISWC 2020. 2778 13. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2778/paper7.pdf
  6. Ballester, J., Borràs, S., Curcoll, R., Navarro-Gallinad, A., Pozdniakova, S., Cañas, L., Burns, J. and Rodó, X. (2019) On the interpretation of the atmospheric mechanism transporting the environmental trigger of Kawasaki Disease. PLoS ONE, 14(12): e0226402. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226402. My contribution as a co-author was in terms of reviewing and editing the manuscript.

Data and software outputs

  1. Navarro-Gallinad, A. SERDIF (2023). https://w3id.org/serdif
    The Semantic Environmental and Rare disease Data Integration Framework (SERDIF) seeks to enable the data linkage between health events and environmental data for health data researchers.
  2. Navarro-Gallinad, A., Orlandi, F., and O’Sullivan, D. Environmental data associated to particular health events example dataset (Version 20230307) [Data set] (2023). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5544257
    This published dataset includes an example output for environmental data (i.e. climate and pollution) linked with individual events through location and time (as a spreadsheet, graph, and interactive report).
  3. Christofidou, M.* and Navarro-Gallinad, A*. HELICAL Open Research Guidelines (2022). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7214802
    A set of recommendations and step-by-step instructions to help Early Stage Researchers and experts share their findings (whether aggregated data, software, or algorithms) as open as possible in accordance with the relevant data protection rules and legislation.
  4. Navarro-Gallinad, A. NUTS-RDF in GeoSPARQL (20220503T150000) [Data set] (2022). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6514296
    The published dataset includes the NUTS (Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics classification) representing the regions in the EU as GeoSPARQL structures using a Construct SPARQL query (as a graph).
  5. Albert Navarro-Gallinad, A. Weather and Air Quality data for Ireland as RDF data cube (20211221T120000) [Data set] (2021). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5799118. The published dataset includes weather and air quality data for Ireland as RDF data cube.

Presentations at International and National Conferences

  1. SISMEC 2023: 12th Italian Society for Statistics, Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology | Abstract oral presentation poster: an interoperable, usable and open framework for linking environmental and health data | https://www.congresso.sismec.info/images/congresso_2023/abstract/21settembre/pomeriggio/Epidemiologia1/navarro-gallinad-albert.pdf
  2. Autoimmunity and the exposome 2023: HELICAL meeting open to the public | Oral presentation: Knowledge graphs in patient-environment linkage | https://helical-itn.eu/blog/posts/barcelona_meeting.html
  3. ANCA 2022: 20th International Vasculitis and ANCA Workshop 2022 | Abstract poster: Rare diseases: making environmental health studies’ data as open as possible | https://raw.githubusercontent.com/navarral/anca2022-poster/main/Navarro-Gallinad_poster_landscape_ANCA_2022.pdf
  4. MCAA 2022: Marie Curie Alumni Association 2022 Annual conference | Abstract poster: Support for publishing environmental health data as open as possible | https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6608826
  5. MCAA 2021: Marie Curie Alumni Association 2021 Annual conference | Abstract poster: Rare disease: it’s all about combining data | https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4650065
  6. EUROKIDS 2020: First European Congress on Kawasaki Disease | Abstract oral presentation: Sub-weekly cycle uncovers the hidden link of aerosols and their composition to Kawasaki disease | https://www.alphavisa.com/euro-kids/2021/program2.php
  7. INCHES 2020: The 10th International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment | Abstract oral presentation: Particulate matter dynamics and chemistry drive Kawasaki disease epidemiology in Japan | https://inchesnetwork.net/conference-2020/

Organisation of international conferences

  • Reviewer in the Programme Committee for a premier venue for Human Computer Interaction related with Knowledge Graphs


  • Education and Public Engagement award from the MSCA-ITN coordinators and nominated for all the available awards
  • Early Stage Researcher recognition award nomination at the ADAPT centre
  • Best conference paper nomination in the 10th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Graphs
  • Research doctoral fellowship Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Training Network (MSCA-ITN)
  • Bachelor’s thesis award of Sustainable Development from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Teaching experience

  • Teaching experience as demonstrator in practical labs for undergraduates in Knowledge and Data Engineering modules in Trinity College Dublin
  • Personal teacher in Natural Sciences and English for High School students


Education and Public Engagement activities

  1. Conference speaker in the Vasculitis Patient conference (2023) to explain in simple terms our research on how the environment can affect ANCA-associated vasculitis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_TVWSGYHA4&t=4s
  2. Participated in the HELICAL ITN video (2022) to make our research more understandable, relatable, and impactful to a broader audience bridging the gap between academia and the general public. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv96im10QLM
  3. Designed an interactive game for Researchers’ Night 2022 to demonstrate how medical professionals work with computer scientists to better understand how the quality of the air around us affects our health. https://www.adaptcentre.ie/news-and-events/adapt-programme-at-start-european-researchers-night-2022
  4. Participated as a speaker in the Vasculitis Ireland Awareness talk show and interactive Q&A session (2022) for explaining our research in ANCA-associated vasculitis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhECEA-Q_Zk
  5. Led four pub quizzes (2020, 2021) to raise the awareness of rare diseases in collaboration with Vasculitis Ireland Awareness (patient cohort, https://vasculitis-ia.org/), Northern Ireland rare disease partnership (high school students and postgraduates in health sciences, https://nirdp.org.uk/) and Vifor (company employees, https://www.viforpharma.ch/).
  6. Designed an interactive game for Researchers’ Night 2021 to present how researchers apply data protection regulations to work with rare disease data for research as the patients’ identities need to remain a secret. https://www.tcd.ie/research/start/dr-data.php
  7. Conference Speaker in the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology gathering in Spain (2018) with the intention to popularize this discipline with public engaging activities to students. https://10alamenos9.es/

Contact: albert.navarro@fht.org