Affiliates Representative to the ISCB Board of Directors Election Results!
ISCB Announces Affiliates Representative to the ISCB Board of Directors Election Results Horton Elected as the ISCB Affiliates Representative to Board of Directors
Paul Horton, PhD, has been elected as the newest ISCB Affiliates Representative to the Board of Directors. Horton is presently the Director of the Computational Biology Research Center (CBRC) in Tokyo, Japan and is a visiting associate professor at the Graduate School for Frontier Sciences at Tokyo University. He is an active member of the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) affiliate group and has served as an ISCB Board Member, and past ISCB Conferences Committee Chair.
Horton holds a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and has experience in both the academic and tech start-up sectors. Horton’s computational interests include programming, algorithm development, and applications of machine learning. Horton applies his computational approaches to better understanding several biological areas, including subcellular protein localization, motif discovery, genome alignment, and sequence processing.
Horton has worked at CBRC since 2003, first as a research team leader, and more recently, as its director. Horton is spearheading CBRC’s plan to make significant and useful contributions to the application of genomic data in medicine and biotechnology.
Horton has served the bioinformatics community in numerous capacities, including his work as an ISCB board member and trustee of the Japanese Society for Bioinformatics. He chaired the ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012 conference and has also worked on conference committees for ISMB and other world-class bioinformatics meetings. He is currently chairing the GIW ISCB-Asia conference, which will be held in December in Tokyo, Japan. Horton is on the editorial boards of several bioinformatics journals and also advises graduate students at Tokyo University.
Horton’s diverse training and research experiences in the United States, Taiwan, and Japan have given him a valuable and unique perspective of the global bioinformatics community, which should serve him well in his new position as the affiliates representative.