| 2015 Overton Prize Winner:
The Overton Prize recognizes early or mid-career scientists who are emerging leaders in computational biology and bioinformatics for their accomplishments in research, education, and service. The Overton Prize was instituted in 2001 to honor the untimely loss of G. Christian Overton, a leading bioinformatics researcherand founding member of the ISCB Board of Directors. Curtis Huttenhower is this year’s winner of the Overton Prize for his groundbreaking research on microbial communities, with a focus on the human microbiome.
Huttenhower is an Associate Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has worked on developing novel computational tools to analyze the large, complex datasets associated with microbial communities and NIH Human Microbiome Project. Huttenhower’s research has provided new insights into how microbial communities impact human health and disease. His research potential has been recognized through the receipt of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and an NSF CAREER Award.