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ISCB Fellows Program

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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.

The distinction of an ISCB Fellow is based on the following:

  • Nomination by an ISCB member must be made using the online nomination form, which requires a one-two sentence description of why this person is being proposed, a detailed half-page statement of motivation (500 words maximum) on why this is a good nominee, and a CV (as either an uploaded document or a bullet-point list created by the nominator).
  • Nominees must demonstrate excellence in research, service to the computational biology community, education and/or administration.
  • Nominees will be assessed on the magnitude and quality of contributions to the field of computational biology.
  • 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.

The ISCB Fellows Committee oversees the Fellows Program and recommends changes or improvements to the ISCB Board of Directors. Members of the Fellows Committee who are not already ISCB Fellows are not eligible to be elected as new Fellows while serving on the Fellows Committee. 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 Fellows Class of 2015

Rolf Apweiler
European Bioinformatics Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Hinxton, UK
Cyrus Chothia
Wolfson College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
Julio Collado-Vides
Center for Genomics Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico
Mark Gerstein
Yale University, New Haven, USA
Desmond Higgins
University College Dublin, Ireland

Max Planck
Institute of Informatics,
Saarbrucken, Germany
Michael Levitt
Stanford University, Stanford, USA
Burkhard Rost
Technical University Munich, Germany


ISCB Fellows Class of 2014

Amos Bairoch
University of Geneva, Switzerland
Ewan Birney
European Molecular
Biology Laboratory-European
Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), UK
Nir Friedman
Hebrew University
Jerusalem, Israel
Robert Gentleman
San Francisco,

Andrej Sali
University of California,
San Francisco, USA







ISCB Fellows Class of 2013

Pierre Baldi
of California, Irvine
David Eisenberg
2013 ISCB Senior Scientist Award Winner;
University of
Los Angeles
Satoru Miyano
of Tokyo,
Ruth Nussinov
Tel Aviv University,
Israel, and the National Cancer Institute
Steven Salzberg
Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine

ISCB Fellows Class of 2012

Bonnie Berger
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology,
Peter Karp
SRI International,
Jill Mesirov
The Broad
Institute of MIT
and Harvard,
Pavel Pevzner
University of California,
San Diego,
Ron Shamir
Tel Aviv University,
Martin Vingron
Max Planck Institute for
Molecular Genetics,
Gunnar von Heijne
2012 ISCB Senior Scientist
Award Winner;
Stockholm University,








ISCB Fellows Class of 2011

Michael Ashburner
2011 ISCB Senior Scientist Award; EMBL-EBI, UK
Philip E. Bourne
National Institutes of Health, USA

Søren Brunak Technical University of Denmark

Richard Durbin Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK




ISCB Fellows Class of 2010

Russ B. Altman,
Stanford University,
Lawrence Hunter, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, USA Eugene Myers, 2014 ISCB Senior Scientist Award winnerHoward Hughes Medical Institute-Janelia Farm Research Center, Ashburn, USA Chris Sander,
2010 ISCB Senior Scientist Award winner; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA
Gary Stormo, Washington University in
St. Louis, USA
Alfonso Valencia, Spanish National Cancer Research Center and Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute, Madrid, Spain


ISCB Fellows Class of 2009

David Haussler, 2008 ISCB Senior Scientist
Award winner; University
of California, Santa Cruz, USA
David Lipman, 2004 ISCB Senior Scientist Award winner; National
Center for Biotechnology
Information (NCBI), US
Webb Miller, 2009 ISCB Senior Scientist Award winner; Pennsylvania State University, USA David Sankoff, 2003 ISCB Senior Scientist Award winner; University of
Ottawa and Université de Montréal, Canada
Temple Smith,
2007 ISCB Senior Scientist Award winner; Boston University, USA
Janet Thornton,
2005 ISCB Senior Scientist Award winner; European Bioinformatics
Institute (EBI), UK
Mike Waterman, 2006 ISCB Senior Scientist Award winner; University of Southern California, USA


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