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Asia and Australia


ISCB Affiliates


Christian Shoenbach (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
10 Kent Ridge Drive, National University of Singapore,Singapore 119242

Geographical area included: Asia Pacific

Governing Board:
Christian Shoenbach, Kumamoto University, Japan
Vice President (Conferences): Paul Horton, AIST, Japan
Vice President (Research): Kenta Nakai, University of Tokyo, Japan
Vice President (Education): Ge Gao, Peking University, China
Vice President (Corporate): Sissades Tongsima, BIOTEC, Thailand
Treasurer: Khang Tsung Fei, University Malaya, Malaysia
Secretary: Hu Yong Li, A*Star, Singapore

ExCo Members:
1. Mohammad Asif Khan, Perdana University, Malaysia
2. Bruno Gaeta, University of New South Wales, Australia
3. Nik Elena Nik Mohamed, Perdana University, Malaysia
4. Muhammad Farhan Sjaugi, Perdana University, Malaysia
5. Kenta Nakai, University of Tokyo, Japan
6. Durai Sundar, Indian Institute of Technology, India

Regional Liasons:
1. Australia Liaison--Bruno Gaeta, University of New South Wales, Australia
2. Central Asia & ISCB Liaison--Christian Schönbach, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
3. China Liaison--Ge Gao, Peking University, PR China
4. Japan Liaison--Paul Horton, Computational Biology Research Center, AIST, Japan
5. India Liaison--Durai Sundar, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
6. Singapore Liaison--Chandra Verma, Bioinformatics Institute, A*STAR, Singapore
7. Thailand Liaison--Sissades Tongsima, BIOTEC, NSTDA, Thailand
8. Indonesia Liaison--Bimo Tejo, Surya University, Indonesia

About APBioNet: The Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet; www.apbionet.org) is a nonprofit, Non-governmental, international organization founded in 1998 that focuses on the promotion of bioinformatics in the Asia-Pacific region.

Goal of APBioNet: APBioNet is dedicated to the advancement of the field of bioinformatics, specifically the development of bioinformatics network infrastructure, the exchange of data and information, the development of training programs, workshops and symposia and the encouragement of collaborations in the field of bioinformatics with an Asia Pacific focus.


Advance the understanding and application of bioinformatics in research, education and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

APBioNet's mission, since its inception, has been to pioneer the growth and development of bioinformatics awareness, training, education, infrastructure, resources, and research among member countries and economies.

APBioNet is dedicated to:
• to the advancement of the field of bioinformatics and its development network infrastructurethe exchange of data and information
• the encouragement of collaborations in the field of bioinformatics
• the development of training programs, workshops and symposia

APBioNet has more than 2000 members from over 12 countries in the region, and members include those from industry, academia, research, government, investors and international organizations. Members join by online registration (http://alpha.apbionet.org/wordpress/?page_id=221), and receive a wide range of services and benefits including APBioNet travel fellowships, opportunity to participate in APBioNet-organised or endorsed events such as discounted registration for the International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB; http://incob.apbionet.org), and involvement in APBioNet initiatives such as MIABi and BioDB100 (http://biodb100.apbionet.org).

Last updated June 16, 2016.

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Contact: Dr Joshua Ho (Secretary), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Mailing Address:
Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society (ABACBS)
c/o Dr Joshua Ho, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
405 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia

Phone Number: (612) 9295 8645

Leadership Structure:
Tony Papenfuss
Vice President: Ashley Waardenberg
Treasurer: Melissa Davis
Secretary: Joshua Ho
Board Members: Nicola Armstrong, David Lynn
Postdoctoral Representative: Alan Rubin
Student Representative: Harriet Dashnow

The Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society (ABACBS, pron.ˈabəkəs; www.abacbs.org/) is the peak national body and professional society of bioinformaticians and computational biologists in Australia. ABACBS was established following broad consultation with the Australian bioinformatics and computational biology community about its needs. The society was incorporated in November 2014. Its first annual national conference was held in Sydney in 2015.

ABACBS aims to
• strengthen the science and profession
• encourage and support student
• provide representation and advocacy
• promote interactions and awareness of bioinformatics and computational biology.

The vision of ABACBS is
• to develop the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology in Australia
• for people to understand why bioinformatics and computational biology are important
• for excellence in the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology
• for good career opportunities in bioinformatics and computational biology

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Contact: Nagarajan Raju (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Outreach Chair and Prashanth Suravajhala, PhD, Founder
Mailing Address: Bioclues.org, Kukatpally, Hyderabad 500072
US Phone: +1-541-666-9547

Leadership Structure:
Bioclues Executive Team (BET):
Founders: Prashanth Suravajhala, PhD. and Pritish Varadwaj, PhD.
Advisors: GPS Raghava, PhD., Dr. Jayaraman Valadi, N Srinivasan, PhD., HA Nagarajaram, PhD., Krishna Mohan Medicheria, PhD., R Keshavachandran, PhD., Pratap VV Reddy, PhD and more.
President: GPS Raghava, PhD.
Vice President: Dr. Jayaraman Valadi
Outreach Chair: Nagarajan Raju, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer: N Srinivasan, PhD.
Entrepreneurship Chair: Mohankumar Megha

Mentoring Chair: Vishal Acharya, PhD

Research Chair: Sriparna Saha, PhD.
Women in Biology Chair: Manika Sehgal, PhD
Women in Biology Co-chair: Sujata Dhar and Dhatri Madduru
Treasurer: Saumyadip Sarkar

Mode of election or selection of leaders: Self-nomination and nominations with visions and challenges for Bioclues, followed by casting votes: Winner takes all.

Frequency of election: Once in two years

History: Was first founded by Prash Suravajhala and Pritish Varadwaj in 2005, virtual deployment began in mid 2006. BIOCLUES is acronymed for Bioinformatics Club for Experimenting Scientists. The organization was founded in 2005. It is a non-profit virtual organization for, by, and of the Indian Bioinformaticians. It is one of the fastest growing bioinformatics societies in India, currently serving over 3400 members from nearly 30 countries. We aim to bring together the Indian bioinformaticians, foster a strong working mentor–mentee relationship, provide access to bioinformatics resources, organize conferences and workshops besides imparting information about research, training, education, employment and current events and news from bioinformatics, genomics, and related fields. Bioclues adheres to Creative Commons License with the prime focus to help the Bioinformaticians in India to promote open access. In the year 2010, we have setup vision 2020 to ensure our thoughts are converted to actions by the said year.

The purpose of this Organization is to promote the interaction among students, scientific professionals and industrialists through budding fields like Systems biology and Computational Biology

• To create and disseminate consciousness of research in the field of Bioinformatics and systems biology through webinars
• Identify practicable knowledge drivers through a comprehensive look for computational biologists
• Impart a complete understanding of the principal bioinformatics algorithms and tools through interactive summaries, polls, discussions
• To provide an online project platform for mentoring graduate students, while bridging the interaction of students in the field of computational biology
• To cater the need of assimilating existing open source code and developing novel tools and webservers for research community
• To encourage women scientists take up bioinformatics
• To bridge the gap between academic and industry in terms of Bioinformatics and Bio IT
• (Immediate) Making 2020 Bioinformatics by the year 2020
• Reaching the unreached young scientists and researchers, encouraging them to lessen the scale of experimentation
• Making active Academicians and Entrepreneurs

The organization works on four avenues, viz. Mentoring, Outreach, Research and Entrepreneurship (MORE). We organize conferences, tutorials, trade and industrial shows, educative seminars, colloquiums, workshops so that the student-researchers are ignited in the upcoming facets of computational biology More at www.bioclues.org

Research focus area
• Annotate and curate next generation sequencing (NGS) Datasets
• Genome Diversity and Coverage Distribution
• Pathway Analysis and Protein Interactions
• Functional Mapping with Gene Ontology
• Pipeline Development/Cloud interfaces

Geographical area included: India

Last updated June 16, 2016

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Name : Kengo Kinoshita (JSBi President)
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Geographical area included: Japan

The purpose of JSBi is to perform research in bioinformatics, conduct investigations into its techniques, and exchange research and knowledge in the field in order to promote these and related activities, as well as contribute to the field's educational base.

President: Kentaro Shimizu (April 2016 - March 2017)(term: 1year)
Vice President: Kengo Kinoshita (April 2016 - March 2017)(term: 1 year)

Board of Directors (20 members, term: 2 years)

Term 2015/04/01 - 2017/03/31

Term 2016/04/01 - 2018/03/31

Sachiyo Aburatani
Takeshi Obayashi
Satoru Kanai
Masaaki Kotera
Jun Sese
Michiaki Hamada
Hideo Matsuda
Toutai Mitsuyama
Atsuko Yamaguchi
Takuji Yamada

Kiyoshi Asai
Masanori Arita
Wataru Iwasaki
Soichi Ogishima
Susumu Goto
Tetsuro Shibuya
Tsuyoshi Shirai
Kentaro Tomii
Mitsuteru Nakao
Yoshihiro Yamanishi

Method of electing or selecting leader(s):

  • JThe members of Board of Directors are elected by the members of JSBi.
  • The President is elected by the members of Board of Directors.
  • The Vice President is appointed by the president.

The Japanese Society of Bioinformatics (JSBi) was founded in 1999 for promoting researches and educational activities on bioinformatics as well as for promoting the relevant technologies and industries in Japan. JSBi tries to enhance international relationship as a member of AASBi and an affiliated regional group of ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology). The Society’s membership mainly consists of regular (individual) members and supporting (corporate) members. Their numbers are 630 for regular members and 34 for supporting members (at Jan. 30, 2007).

The most important event of the Society is the General Meeting, which is held once a year and to which all the members are requested to participate. Until 2006, the General Meeting had been held as a part of an international meeting (GIW). Since GIW becomes an official meeting of AASBi from 2007, the General Meeting will be held independently in Japan. However, its official language will continue to be English and participants from outside Japan are welcome.

Two important activities of JSBi are the activity of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and that of (regional) Working Groups. Each SIG has its own chief-editor and steering committee. Usually, each SIG holds its own meeting, where JSBi members can attend freely, listen to invited talks, and sometimes present their own research results. The Working Groups have been set up for the benefit of JSBi members who live relatively far from Tokyo because many SIG meetings are held in Tokyo or its suburbs. Currently, there are five Working Groups in various areas of Japan and their existence will stimulate the local activities on bioinformatics.

Other activities include the proposal of a standard curriculum for bioinformatics education in universities and graduate schools and the editing of an encyclopedia of bioinformatics (in Japanese). The encyclopedia, written by hundreds of JSBi members and researchers in related areas, was published by Kyoritsu Shuppan. Co. Ltd. in 2006. Newsletters are delivered to JSBi members twice a year. Summer schools for students and young scientists are organized and financially supported annually by JSBi.

Membership size and benefits
• JSBi currently has 550 individual members and 26 corporate members There is a dues structure which entitles members to the following benefits:
• Reduced registration fee at the International Conference on Genome Informatics (GIW)
• Free admission to JSBi SIG meetings Right to attend JSBi Summer School
• Right to use the JSBi mailing list for academic and commercial annoucements
• Student travel support for the GIW, ISMB, PSB, and RECOMB conferences

Activities planned and/or past:

Conferences The International Conference on Genome Informatics
(Annual meeting:http://giw.ims.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ )

• Genome Informatics Series News Letters (2 issues per year)
• Encycropedia of Bioinformatics (scheduled to be published in 2005)

Educational Activities:
JSBi Summer School (2003 - 2007, 2009 - )
Bioinformatics Curriculum Committee:
- The proposal for Bioinformatics Education Curriculum was made in 2002.
- The Bioinformatics Education Curriculum is under revision since 2004.
Special Interest Group on Systems Biology (2003 - )
Special Interest Group on Biological Information Network (2003 - )
Special Interest Group on Pharma Informatics (2004 - )
Special Interest Group on Ontology (2005 - )
Special Interest Group on Agribioinformatics (2008 - )

International Collaboration:
The First Symposium on Associations of Asian Societies for Bioinformatics (AASBi), Pacifico Yokohama, Japan, December 13, 2003. JSBi is a member of AASBi. Satoru Miyano was elected as the first president of AASBi for the year 2004.

Last updated June 29, 2016.

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President: Keun Woo LEE, Ph.D., Professor
Division of Life Science
Gyeongsang National University (GNU)
501 Jinju-daero, Jinju, 52828 Republic of Korea
Tel +82-55-772-1360 / Fax +82-55-772-1359
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Vice President: Do Heon LEE, Ph.D., Professor
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
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General Secretary: Dae Hyun BAEK, Ph.D., Professor
Seoul National University (SNU)
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KSBi Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel +82-2-740-8854 / Fax +82-2-747-8928

Geographical area included:

• Promotion of bioinformatics research and development in Korea
• Sponsoring bioinformatics-related academic events such as symposia, workshops, discussion forums, etc in Korea
• Participation in basic and advanced bioinformatics education in Korea
• Supporting technological and industrial development in the area of bioinformatics in Korea

Leadership: President: LEE, Keun Woo 2017.1- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://bio.gnu.ac.kr)

Former presidents of KSBi:
KIM, Ju Han 2015.1- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://www.snubi.org)
KIM, Chul Min 2013.1- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://kimcm.pusan.ac.kr)
LEE, Sanghyuk 2011.1- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://ercsb.ewha.ac.kr/labkm)
LIU, Jang Ryul 2009.1- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
NO, Kyong Tai 2007.1- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., https://www.csblab.or.kr )
LEE, Kwang Hyung 2005.1- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://nmi.kaist.ac.kr/~khlee)
NAM, Hong Gil Nam 2003.1- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://newbiology.dgist.ac.kr/?p=619)
KIM, Sam Myo 2001.2- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
HAN, Mun Hee 1998.11- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Year founded and brief history: In Oct., 1998, a group of experts in the areas of life science and bioinformatics recognizing the importance of bioinformatics in the coming decades founded KSBI. Since then, experts from non-biology areas such as computer science, mathematics and so on joined it.

Membership size and services: Membership: 2000 Regular Members as of January, 2016; Services: Daily industrial news, Forum etc.

Activities planned and/or past: 1998. 10: KSBI Founded and the first president, Mun Hee Han, 1998. 11: Foundation memorial seminar, 1999. 2: DNA chip committee initiated, 1999. 10: Workshop, 2000. 2: Workshop, 2000. 11: The 1st International Symposium, 2000. 11: 2001. 2: 3: Newsletter service, 2001. 6: 1st Workshop, 2001. 8: The 2nd International Symposium, 2001. 10: BIOINFO2001 KSBI annual meeting, 2002. 2. 8: 2002 Winter workshop, 2002. 6. 27: 2002 2nd workshop, 2002. 11.15-16: BIOINFO2002, 2003. 2 : 2003 Winter workshop, 2003. 5. 3 : 2003 2nd workshop, 2003. 7: 2003 3rd workshop, 2003. 9: 2003 4th workshop 2003. 10. 31: BIOINFO2003, 2004. 11. 04: BIOINFO2004, 2005. 02.21: 2005 Winter workshop, 2005. 09. 22: BIOINFO2005, 2006. 09. 14: BIOINFO2006, 2007. 11. 15: BIOINFO2007, 2008. 11. 13: BIOINFO2008, 2009. 11. 04: BIOINFO2009, 2010. 12. 18: BIOINFO2010, 2011. 12. 05: BIOINFO2011 & GIW2011, 2012. 10. 13: BIOINFO2012, 2013. 11. 11: BIOINFO2013, 2014. 11. 12: BIOINFO2014, 2015. 06. 22: BIML2015, 2015. 10. 21: BIOINFO2015, 2016. 02. 15: BIML2016, 2016. 08. 17: BIOINFO2016, 2017. 02. 15: BIML2017.

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