The winner of
this years Overton Prize, David Baker, associate professor
at the University of Washington and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Investigator, delivered the Overton Lecture on the last day of ISMB
2002. In the keynote talk, titled Predication and design of
protein structures and protein-protein interactions, Baker
thanked the ISCB, for this great honor. He then reviewed
his research as well as explaining the contributions of his colleagues.
Baker said, Its an exciting time because we can create
new molecules that do all kinds of interesting things.
the founder of the ISCB and current Board member, introduced Baker.
Davids contributions to the field are many and excellent,
he said. Hunter mentioned the CASP4 competition and said, Thanks
on behalf of the bioinformatics community for unraveling one of
our most interesting problems.
The ISCB Awards
Committee unanimously selected Baker to receive the Overton Prize
for his work in applying computational science to drug design, genetics,
and health care, and, in particular, the Rosetta algorithm, which
predicts protein structure.