ISCB Congratulates the 2019 Class of Fellows!
The ISCB Fellows program was created to honor members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. During the 2009 inaugural year of the program, the ISCB Board of Directors unanimously conferred Fellows status on the seven winners-to-date of the ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award. 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the program. Each year since 2010, ISCB has sought Fellows nominations from our members, with eligibility restrictions based on selection criteria focused most heavily on the significance of scientific contributions, and service to our field and to ISCB.
We were pleased to receive many excellent nominations this year, and the Fellows Selection Committee members carefully considered each one. Ultimately, four nominees were elected as this year's newest Fellows.
Vineet Bafna, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego, United States, an innovator who developed many bioinformatics algorithms for solving important biological problems and a leading researcher in the area of Cancer Genomics, Population Genetics, and Proteogenomics. His research is marked by deep insights into fundamental problems that were ignored by others.
Eleazar Eskin, Professor, Computer Science, Human Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles, United States, a leading computer scientist working in computational problems in human genetics, especially in terms of human disease. He has developed advanced educational programs for computer scientists, biologists, and statisticians, in computational biology, especially through his leadership activities at the NSF Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA.
Xiaole Shirley Liu, Professor, Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health; Co-director, Center for Functional Cancer Epigenetics, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, United States, an innovative and prolific computational cancer biologist. Her research focuses on algorithm development and integrative modeling of high throughput data to understand the specificity and function of regulator genes in tumor development, progression, drug response and resistance, resulting in many highly cited papers.
Marie-France Sagot, Director of Research (DR1) INRIA, Head of Erable-BAOBAB Teams, INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes & Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive (LBBE), Université Claude Bernard, Universite Claude Bernard, France, a key figure linking the South-American and European bioinformatics communities. She is best known for her sharp algorithmic work. Specifically, her work on exact algorithms for structured or approximate motif search using suffix trees was foundational in the analysis of transcriptional regulatory sequences.
Congratulations, 2019 Class of ISCB Fellows!