| 2019 ISCB Innovator Award
William Stafford Noble
William Stafford Noble, Professor, Department of Genome Sciences, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Director, Computational Molecular Biology Program, University of Washington, United States
The year 2016 marked the launch of the ISCB Innovator Award, which is given to a leading scientist who is within two decades of receiving the PhD degree, has consistently made outstanding contributions to the field, and continues to forge new directions. William Stafford Noble is the 2019 winner of the ISCB Innovator Award.
Dr. Noble is a Professor in the Department of Genome Sciences and in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, United States. He received the Ph.D. in computer science and cognitive science from University of California, San Diego in 1998. After a one-year postdoc with David Haussler at University of California, Santa Cruz, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. In 2002, he joined the faculty of the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington where he now is a Professor and the Director of the Computational Molecular Biology Program.
Noble's research applies statistical and machine learning methods to the analysis of complex biological data sets. He has extensive experience developing novel analytical methods, creating user-friendly software implementing those methods, and collaborating with experimentalists. The most notable areas of research for Noble and his group are sequence analysis methods for DNA and proteins, kernel methods for learning from heterogeneous data, semi-automated genome annotation, the 3D structure of the genome and machine learning and statistical methods for analyzing shotgun proteomics data.
He is the author of >230 peer reviewed publications and has advised 27 postdoctoral fellows and 24 graduate students. William is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, is a Sloan Research Fellow, is on the Clarivate Analytics list of “Highly cited researchers,” and is a Fellow and former member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Computational Biology.
ISCB will present award winners Bonnie Berger (Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award), Christophe Dessimoz (Overton Prize), William Stafford Noble (Innovator Award) and Barbara Bryant (Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award), at ISMB/ECCB 2019 (www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2019), which is being held in Basel, Switzerland, July 21-25. Berger, Dessimoz, and Noble will present keynote addresses during the conference.
Full bibliographical articles profiling the award recipients will be available in the ISMB/ECCB 2019 focus issue of the ISCB newsletter later this year, as well as the ISCB Society Pages in OUP Bioinformatics, and F1000 Research ISCB Community Journal.