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Overton Prize


Overton Prize

The Overton Prize was established by the ISCB in memory of G. Christian Overton, a major contributor to the field of bioinformatics and a member of the ISCB Board of Directors who died unexpectedly in 2000. The annual prize is awarded for outstanding accomplishment to a scientist in the early to mid-career stage (up to a decade post-degree or equivalent experience), who has already made a significant contribution to the field of computational biology.

ISCB recognizes that career paths may take many forms and that the definition of “early/mid-career” is fluid; supports researchers taking time off for maternity/paternity, care for a family member, an event of personal disability or other factors. A nominee may qualify for the Overton Prize even though their actual years since degree is above the set threshold. It is the responsibility of the nominator to indicate any time-off taken by the nominee when submitting the nomination form. ISCB may deduct the equivalent time for the maternity/paternity leave, care for a family member or personal disability from the set award thresholds using guidance established by the European Research Council (page 19, paragraph 5).


2024 ISCB Overton Prize: Martin Steinegger

Past ISCB Award Recipients
2023 Jingyi Jessica Li
2022 Po-Ru Loh
2021 Barbara Engelhardt, PhD
2020 Jian Peng, PhD
2019 Christophe Dessimoz
2018 Cole Trapnell
2017 Christoph Bock
2016 Debora Marks
2015 Curtis Huttenhower
2014 Dana Pe'er
2013 Goncalo Abecasis
2012 Ziv Bar-Joseph
2011 Olga Troyanskaya
2010 Steven E. Brenner
2009 Trey Ideker
2008 Aviv Regev
2007 Eran Segal
2006 Mathieu Blanchette
2005 Ewan Birney
2004 Uri Alon
2003 Jim Kent
2002 David Baker
2001 Christopher B. Burge