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 years 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
Keynote speakers include:
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.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and professor of
computer and information sciences, University of California,
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.
Co-Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University
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 Matticks work can be found at www.imb.uq.edu.au.
Professor of Computer Science, Tel Aviv University
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 Shamirs
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.
Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Biological Science,
University of Southern California
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 Watermans work can be found at
Project Director of the Genome Exploration Research Group, Genomic
Sciences Center, RIKEN
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.