The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) awarded the 2004 Overton Prize to Uri Alon, senior scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The prize was awarded at the ISCB's annual meeting, Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB), held in conjunction with the European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB), in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 4, 2004. Alon delivered the annual Overton keynote lecture, entitled "Design principles of biological networks."
"Uri Alon epitomizes the spirit of the Overton Prize. Despite being in a relatively early stage of his career, he has made significant contributions to computational biology, particularly in the areas of network motifs and the design principles of biological networks," said Larry Hunter of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, chair of the ISCB Awards Committee.
Alon received his PhD in theoretical physics from the Weizmann Institute, where he studied statistical mechanics and hydrodynamics. During Alon's graduate studies he became intrigued by the biological sciences after reading a biology textbook. Subsequently, he headed for his postdoctoral studies at Princeton determined to learn experimental biology.
For more information on Alon please see the ISCB newsletter article announcing his selection for this award at