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The field of computational biology has made remarkable strides, contributing to groundbreaking discoveries, and innovations in life sciences. Behind these achievements are dedicated researchers who push the boundaries of knowledge and innovation. Annually, International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) honors these exceptional researchers. The ISCB Scientific Awards, Overton Prize, Innovator, and Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist, aim to honor individuals who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the field of computational biology. The Outstanding Service to ISCB award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the community through their service, whether it be organizing conferences, editing journals, education, or mentoring students. 
ISCB is pleased to announce the 2024 Awardees
Tandy Warnow, Martin Steinegger, Su-In Lee, Scott Markel
Tandy Warnow
Associate Head, Department of Computer Science 
Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Recipient of ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist
Dr. Warnow's pioneering work in mathematical phylogenetics and algorithm development for evolutionary biology has been transformative. Her contributions have greatly expanded the theoretical foundations of phylogenetics, and have provided key new algorithm design techniques that enable scalability to large datasets while maintaining statistical guarantees and excellent performance in practice.  Her methods and software for core bioinformatics problems, such as multiple sequence alignment and species tree estimation, have been used by  biological consortia, and have reshaped our understanding of evolutionary relationships.
Martin Steinegger
Assistant Professor, Bioinformatics
Seoul National University
Recipient of the ISCB Overton Prize
Dr. Steinegger has made extraordinary contributions to bioinformatics and computational biology through the development of innovative software tools such as MMseqs2, Linclust, ColabFold, and Foldseek. His work has significantly advanced protein sequence searching, clustering, assembly, and structure prediction. Dr. Steinegger’s tools have played a crucial role in assembling extensive protein sequence databases and have been instrumental in the success of AlphaFold2. His recent publication in Nature represents a groundbreaking study in structurally organizing the protein universe, underscoring his exceptional creativity and technical expertise in the field.
Su-In Lee
Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington
Recipient of the ISCB Innovator Award
Dr. Lee has made remarkable strides in integrating artificial intelligence (AI) with biomedicine. Her pioneering work in AI, notably the SHAP framework and subsequent algorithms, has revolutionized the interpretability of machine learning models, enabling profound insights into complex biological phenomena. Her research, spanning prestigious publications and impactful applications across various domains, underscores her profound contributions to computational biology and AI. 
Scott Markel
BIOVIA R&D Development Director, Scientific Services
Dassault Systèmes 

Recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award 
Dr. Markel’s unwavering dedication and exceptional leadership have significantly enriched the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) for over a decade. Through his pivotal roles on key committees and leadership within the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Scott has shaped ISCB's strategic direction and operational sustainability. His proactive involvement in essential committees and tireless support for various society initiatives demonstrate his commitment to advancing computational biology and fostering a thriving ISCB community.