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Notable Figures to Speak at ISMB 203

Some of the foremost researchers in computational biology, including Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner, will deliver keynote addresses at ISMB, being held in Brisbane, Australia, June 29-July 3, 2003. The keynote speeches are a highlight of this year’s exciting program. More about ISMB 2003 can be found at www.iscb.org/ismb2003/index.shtml.

The speakers will cover fundamental developments in computational biology, cutting-edge research, and technological innovations.

Keynote speakers include:

Sydney Brenner
F ounder of the Molecular Sciences Institute and Distinguished Research Professor, Salk Institute

Brenner is one of the leading pioneers of genetics and molecular biology and shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with John Sulston of the Sanger Center at Cambridge University and H. Robert Horvitz of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Among his many notable discoveries, Brenner established the existence of messenger RNA. His research with Caenorhabditis elegans garnered insights into aging, nerve cell function, and apoptosis. Most recently, Brenner has been studying vertebrate gene and genome evolution. His work in this area has resulted in new ways of analyzing gene sequences, which has resulted in a new understanding of the evolution of vertebrates. More about Brenner can be found at www.molsci.org.

David Haussler
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and professor of computer and information sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

Haussler’s research interests include: genomics, bioinformatics, machine learning, statistical decision theory, pattern recognition, neural networks, algorithms, and complexity. He is a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a past chairman of the Steering Committee for the Computational Learning Theory Conferences, an associate editor for the Journal of Computational Biology, and was an action editor for the journal Machine Learning. More about Haussler can be found at www.cse.ucsc.edu/~haussler.



John Mattick
Co-Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland

Mattick’s work covers an interest in genomes and what new understandings can be uncovered from the genomes of organisms that have been completely sequenced. He studies bacterial genomes and higher organisms, specifically their introns. Currently he is investigating alternative splicing and editing of genes and how introns play a part in this process. More about Mattick’s work can be found at www.imb.uq.edu.au.





Ron Shamir
Professor of Computer Science, Tel Aviv University

Shamir’s fields of interest include bioinformatics, graph algorithms, and optimization. Along with teaching a number of courses, Shamir serves on a number of editorial boards. Some current projects in Shamir’s group include clustering gene expression data, computational tools for analysis of genetic networks and pathways, designing degenerate primers, and novel applications of DNA chips. More about Shamir can be found at www.math.tau.ac.il/~rshamir.





Michael Waterman
Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Biological Science, University of Southern California

Waterman’s work focuses on the creation and application of mathematics, statistics and computer science to molecular biology, particularly to DNA, RNA, and protein sequence data. He is the co-developer of the Smith-Waterman algorithm for sequence comparison and of the Lander-Waterman formula for physical mapping. He is a founding editor of Journal of Computational Biology, on the editorial board of seven journals, and author of the text Introduction to Computational Biology: Maps, Sequences and Genomes. More about Waterman’s work can be found at




Yoshihide Hayashizaki
Project Director of the Genome Exploration Research Group, Genomic Sciences Center, RIKEN

Hayashizaki's research has covered a number of areas in genetic research, most notably the establishment of a Mouse Genome Encyclopedia at RIKEN. From 1990 to 1992, he worked at the National Cardiovascular Center Research Institute in Osaka, where he developed the Restriction Landmark Genome Scanning System. In 1995, Hayashizaki was appointed Project Director of the Mouse Encyclopedia Project. Hayashizaki currently leads a research group that is working on analyzing gene transcriptional networks using the Mouse Genome Encyclopedia. More about Hayashizaki can be found at www.gsc.riken.go.jp/e/group/thegenomeE.html.