Cecilia Pennetta graduated in Physics with full marks at the University of Lecce. Fellow for two years at the Ecole Polytecnique Fédérale of Lausanne (Switzerland) and from 1982 to 1985 at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste (Italy), she received the Magister Philosophiae degree in Physics in 1983 at SISSA. Already research assistant at the Physics Department of the Lecce University, since 2002 she is associate professor of condensed matter at the Science Faculty
of the same university. Involved in many national and international research projects, she has been responsible for some of them. Referee of international projects and several international journals, she is member of the Editorial Board of "Fluctuation and Noise Letters". Invited speaker in several international conferences, she is permanent member of the Scientific Committee of UPoN (Int. Conf. on Unsolved Problems on Noise) and co-chairman of UPoN05. Her research activity concerns theoretical and computational aspects of the physics of condensed matter and of complex systems. Her earlier studies were devoted to solid state physics and, in particular, to the electronic properties of crystalline semiconductors and diffusion of charged impurities in these materials, investigated by total energy calculations based on self-consistent pseudopotentials.
In the last fifteen years her research activity concerns: a) electrical conduction, noise and breakdown processes in disordered, granular, composite or nanostructured materials and in organic materials; b) electric properties of large biomolecules; c) fluctuations properties in non-equilibrium systems and non-Gaussian behaviours; d) time series analysis and statistics of extreme events; e) variability and complexity of heart beat fluctuations. f) properties of complex networks and modellization of ecological dynamics. Overall she is author of about 90 international publications.