Marcello Barbieri (1940) is professor of embryology at the University of Ferrara, Italy. Before moving to Ferrara he has taught biophysics, molecular embryology and theoretical
biology respectively at the Universities of Bologna, Sassari and Turin.
has conducted research on embryonic development and ribosome crystallization at the
Medical Research Council in Cambridge, UK, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda,
USA, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Genetik in Berlin.
His research interests include embryology, evolution, theoretical biology and code biology.
He has been the founder and first editor-in-chief of the journal Biosemiotics, a position
from which he resigned in 2012 in order to found the new research field of Code Biology.
He is president of the International Society of Code Biology.
His main contribution is the idea that there are many organic codes in Nature in addition to the genetic code, and that the major events of macroevolution were associated with the origin of new organic codes.
His major books are:
Barbieri M (2015) Code Biology. A New Science of Life Springer, Dordrecht
Barbieri M (2003)The Organic Codes. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Barbieri M (1985) The Semantic Theory of Evolution. Harwood Publishers, New York
Barbieri M (ed) (2008) The Codes of Life. The Rules of Macroevolution. Springer