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People in the News: Bonnie Berger, Peter Karp, Jill Mesirov, Pavel Pevzner, Ron Shamir, Martin Vingron


The International Society for Computational Biology has elected seven of its members as ISMB fellows.

The program honors members that have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. The 2012 ISCB fellows include:

Bonnie Berger, a professor of applied math and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests algorithms for network inference, protein folding, comparative genomics, and medical genomics.

Peter Karp, the director of the bioinformatics research group at the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International. He is involved in the BioCyc database collection; the Encyclopedia of Escherichia coli Genes and Metabolism database; the Metabolic Pathway Database; and Pathway Tools software system.

Jill Mesirov, the associate director and chief informatics officer at the Broad Institute, where she directs computational biology and bioinformatics. She is also a member of the Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT and adjunct professor of bioinformatics at Boston University. Her current research efforts focus on algorithms and analytic methodologies for pattern recognition and discovery with applications to cancer genomics and infectious disease.

Pavel Pevzner, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego. His research efforts focus on developing algorithms for pattern finding, DNA sequencing, DNA arrays, genome rearrangements, computational proteomics.

Ron Shamir, a professor of bioinformatics at Tel-Aviv University. His lab develops algorithms and tools for analyzing gene expression, protein and genetic interactions, and SNPs; modeling, dissection and inference of biological systems; understanding mechanisms of transcription factor and microRNA control and evolution; studying chromosomal aberrations in cancer; and genome rearrangements.

Martin Vingron, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics and head of the computational molecular biology department. His current research interests lie in using gene expression data and evolutionary data to study gene regulatory mechanisms.

Gunnar von Heijne is a professor in Stockholm University’s biochemistry and biophysics department. His lab’s research efforts focus on membrane protein assembly and structure.

The fellows will be recognized for their contributions to computational biology and bioinformatics at the annual international conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology that will be held in Long Beach, Calif. this week.

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