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ISCB FELLOWS

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  • The nomination period has passed. It will open again in Fall 2020.

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The International Society for Computational Biology introduced the ISCB Fellows Program in 2009 to honor members that have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. During the inaugural year of the program, ISCB conferred the Fellow status on the seven winners-to-date of the ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award, and recognized these distinguished scientists during the ISMB/ECCB 2009 conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then ISCB has sought nominations from our community of members, which are reviewed and voted upon by a selection committee. New Fellows are introduced at each year's ISMB conference.

Nomination procedure:

  • Each Fellow is nominated by an ISCB member using the online nomination form. The nomination form asks for a summary comprising a few sentences of the reason for the nomination, a more detailed half-page statement of motivation (500 words maximum) on why this is a good nominee, and a CV (as either an uploaded document , link to the nominees website, or an informative list-like CV created by the nominator).
  • We newly consider two types of Fellow nominations:
    (i) Academic nominees:
    These are nominees who have done the bulk of their work in academia, including government and research institutions. Such nominations must demonstrate primarily excellence in research, which includes the development of methods or resources that advance research. The nomination can be strengthened by pointing to service to the computational biology community, education and/or administration.
    (ii) Industry nominees: These are nominees who have done the bulk of their work in industry. Such nominations must demonstrate primarily the impact of their industrial work on the field. The nomination can be strengthened by pointing to research, education, or service to the computational biology community, e.g. by providing research infrastructure.
  • We encourage a careful preparation of the nomination material. In the past years, the hurdles for accepting a candidate as a Fellow have increased in two ways: First, the number of nominations has risen sharply, reaching up to 50, which contrasts with at most 15 or so people who can be accepted in a year. For this reason, it cannot be expected that the voters search for additional information on candidates that is not given in the nomination. Therefore the nomination should give all information that the nominator considers essential. Second, acceptance requires a 60% majority of the votes of all voting fellows. As the number of fellows rises, this hurdle is increasingly hard to overcome. In particular, the nominator cannot assume that the voters are familiar with the candidate. For this reason, the nomination should concentrate on the information that is essential and characteristic for the candidate.
  • The nominator must also provide a one-to-two sentence citation highlighting the contributions to the computational field. (For example “for discovery of computational methods for analyzing high-throughput sequencing data”). This blurb will be used on promotional materials and presented to the newly-elected Fellow for review. The Fellows Committee will have final say on the content of the new Fellows’ descriptions.
  • Fellow status is automatically bestowed upon the annual Accomplishment by a Sr. Scientist Award winner.
  • Selection of new Fellows each year is limited to 1/2 of one percent of the previous year's membership, including the Sr. Scientist Award winner.
  • Nominees will be assessed on the magnitude and quality of contributions to the field of computational biology. Once elected, Fellows will not be classified as type (i) or (ii) above. This distinction is only relevant during the election process.

The ISCB Fellows Selection Committee (made up of the current Fellows) oversees the Fellows Program and recommends changes or improvements to the ISCB Board of Directors. Selecting new Fellows is the job of the Fellows Selection Committee by voting on the nominations received each year. The Selection Committee is made up of all current Fellows. Upon selection, new Fellows may use the title immediately and will be recognized at the ISMB meeting following their selection.


ISCB DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS

2020

Serafim Batzoglou - 2020 ISCB Fellow Judith Blake - 2020 ISCB Fellow Mark Borodovsky - 2020 ISCB Fellow Rita Casadio - 2020 ISCB Fellow Paul Flicek - 2020 ISCB Fellow Osamu Gotoh - 2020 ISCB Fellow
Serafim Batzoglou Stanford University, DNAnexus, Illumina, Insitro, USA Judith Blake
2020 ISCB Outstanding Contributions Award
Professor,
The Jackson Laboratory
USA
Mark Borodovsky
Georgia Tech University
USA
Rita Casadio
University of Bologna
Italy
Paul Flicek
EMBL-EBI
UK
Osamu Gotoh
Kyoto University
Japan

Rafael Irizarryo - 2020 ISCB Fellow Laxmi Parida - 2020 ISCB Fellow Katherine Pollard - 2020 ISCB Fellow Ben Raphael - 2020 ISCB Fellow Zhiping Weng - 2020 ISCB Fellow Xuegong Zhang - 2020 ISCB Fellow
Rafael Irizarryo
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Harvard T.S. Chan School of Public Health, USA
Laxmi Parida
IBM
Katherine Pollard
Gladstone Institutes, University of California
USA
Ben Raphael
Princeton University
USA
Zhiping Weng
University of Massachusetts Medical School
USA
Xuegong Zhang
Tsinghua University
China













 
 

PREVIOUS YEARS

               
Vineet Bafna, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, UCSD and 2019 ISCB Fellow Alex Bateman
2010 2015 2011 2018 2019 2014 2013 2017
Russ B.
Altman

2018 Outstanding Contribution to ISCB; Stanford University, USA
Rolf
Apweiler
EMBL-EBI, UK
Michael Ashburner
2011 ISCB Senior
Scientist Award; University of Cambridge, UK
Patricia C.
Babbitt
University of California,
San Francisco, USA
Vineet Bafna
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA
Amos
Bairoch
University of Geneva, Switzerland
Pierre
Baldi

University of
California, Irvine, USA
Alex
Bateman
EMBL-EBI, UK

Helen Berman Steven Brenner Søren Brunak Andrea Califano
2012 2016 2014 2011 2016 2011 2017 2015
Bonnie
Berger

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Helen
Berman
Rutgers University, USA
Ewan
Birney
2005 ISCB Overton Prize; EMBL-EBI
UK
Philip E.
Bourne
University f Virginia, USA
Steven
Brenner
2010 ISCB Overton Prize; University of California, Berkeley, USA
Søren
Brunak

2017 ISCB
Senior Scientist Award; Novo Nordisk
Foundation
Center for Protein Research,
Denmark
Andrea
Califano
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
USA
Cyrus Chothia
Wolfson College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Eleazar Eskin, Professor, Computer Science, Human Genetics, UCLA and 2019 ISCB Fellow
2011 2011 2013 2019 2014 2018 2014 2015
Julio Collado-Vides
Center for Genomics Sciences, UNAM, Mexico
Richard
Durbin

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
David
Eisenberg

2013 ISCB
Senior Scientist Award; University of
California,
Los Angeles, USA
Eleazar Eskin
Professor, Computer
Science Human Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Nir
Friedman
Hebrew University
Jerusalem, Israel
Terry
Gaasterland
University of California,
San Diego, USA
Robert Gentleman
23andMe
San Francisco, USA
Mark
Gerstein
Yale University, New Haven, USA

Dan Gusfield Barry Honig Janet Kelso
2016 2009 2015 2010 2016 2013 2012 2016
Dan
Gusfield University of California, Davis, USA
David
Haussler
2008 ISCB
Senior
Scientist Award; University of California,
Santa Cruz, USA
Desmond
Higgins
University
College, Dublin, Ireland
Lawrence
Hunter
2015 Outstanding Contribution to ISCB; University of
Colorado
School of
Medicine, Denver, USA
Barry
Honig
Columbia University, USA
Minoru
Kanehisa
Kyoto University, Japan
Peter
Karp
SRI International, USA
Janet
Kelso
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

Anders Krogh Michal Linial Xiaole Shirley Liu, Professor, Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health and 2019 ISCB Fellow  
2017 2015 2015 2016 2009 2019 2018 2012
Anders
Krogh
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Thomas Lengauer
Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany
Michael
Levitt
Stanford University, Stanford, USA
Michal
Linial
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
David
Lipman
2004 ISCB
Senior
Scientist Award; Impossible Foods, USA
Xiaole Shirley Liu
2020 ISCB Innovator Award
Professor, Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
Hanah Margalit
Hebrew University, Israel
Jill
Mesirov
The Broad Institute, USA

William S.Noble Christine Orengo
2013 2013 2018 2018 2013 2017 2013 2016
Webb
Miller
2009 ISCB
Senior
Scientist Award; Pennsylvania State University, USA
Satoru
Miyano

University of Tokyo, Japan
Yves Moreau Katholieke Universiteit Leuven R & D, Belgium Bernard M.E. Moret
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Eugene
Myers
2014 ISCB
Senior
Scientist Award; MPI-CBG, Germany
William S.
Noble
University of Washington, USA
Ruth
Nussinov
2018 ISCB
Senior Scientist Award; Tel Aviv
University,
Israel & National Cancer Institute, USA
Christine
Orengo
University College London, UK

Lior Pachter Aviv Regev Marie-France Sagot, Director of Research (DR1) INRIA, Head of BAOBAB Team, INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes & Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive (LBBE), Université Claude Bernard, Universite Claude Bernard, France and 2019 ISCB Fellow
2017 2018 2012 2016 2015 2019 2014 2013
Lior Pachter
Caltech, USA
William Pearson University of Virginia, USA Pavel
Pevzner
2017 ISCB
Senior Scientist Award; University of California,
San Diego, USA
Aviv
Regev
2017 ISCB
Innovator Award,
2008 ISCB Overton Prize; The Broad Institute, USA
Burkhard
Rost
2016 Outstanding Contribution
to ISCB
Senior Scientist Award; Technical University Munich, Germany
Marie-France Sagot
Director of Research (DR1) INRIA, Universite Claude Bernard, France
Andrej
Sali
University of California,
San Francisco, USA
Steven
Salzberg
2020 ISCB Senior Scientist Award
Johns Hopkins
University School
of Medicine, USA

Lincoln Stein
2010 2009 2012 2018 2009 2018 2016 2010
Chris
Sander
2010 ISCB
Senior
Scientist Award; Memorial
Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center
New York, USA
David
Sankoff
2003 ISCB
Senior Scientist Award; University of Ottawa, Canada
Ron
Shamir
Tel Aviv
University, Israel
Mona Singh
Princeton University, USA
Temple
Smith
2007 ISCB
Senior
Scientist Award; Boston University, USA
Mike Steel Canterbury University Lincoln
Stein
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research,
Canada
Gary
Stormo
Washington
University School of Medicine
in St. Louis, USA

Sarah Teichmann Anna Tramontano Olga Troyanskaya Tandy Warnow
2016 2009 2016 2017 2010 2012 2012 2017
Sarah
Teichmann
Welcome Trust Sager Institute & EMBL-EBI, UK
Janet
Thornton
2005 ISCB Senior
Scientist Award; EMBL-EBI, UK
Anna Tramontano Sapienza University of Rome, Italy Olga
Troyanskaya
2011 ISCB Overton Prize; Princeton University & Simons Foundation, USA
Alfonso
Valencia
Barcelona Supercomputing Center & Spanish National
Bioinformatics Institute,
Madrid, Spain
Martin
Vingron
Max Planck Institute
for Molecular Genetics, Germany
Gunnar von Heijne
2012 ISCB
Senior Scientist Award
Stockholm University, Sweden
Tandy
Warnow
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
 
Shoshana Wodak Haim Wolfson Tel Aviv University          
2009 2016 2016          
Mike
Waterman
2006 ISCB
Senior
Scientist Award;
University
of Southern
California, USA
Shoshana
Wodak
The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada
Haim
Wolfson
Tel Aviv
University, Israel
         
 
 

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