New Board Members
welcomes six new members to its board of directors. Steven Brenner,
Rita Casadio, Roderic Guigo, Goran Neshich, Shoba Ranganathan, and
Burkhard Rost were voted in during an annual Board meeting, held
August 5, 2002, in conjunction with ISMB 2002. The new Board members
were elected based on nominations gathered from the membership. The
new members were elected to three-year terms as four other members
completed their service to the Society.
“I am pleased to
welcome the new Board members. They demonstrate the depth,
scientifically and geographically, of the Society as a whole, and
will particularly enhance the voice of the Society in their regions
while providing an international representation on the Board of
Directors,” said ISCB President Phil Bourne.
Brenner, Ph.D., is assistant professor and leader of a
computational genomics research group at the University of
California, Berkeley. His research interests include computational
approaches for structural genomics and sequence analysis, and the
use of both of these to infer-molecular function. Brenner was
educated and trained at Harvard University, the MRC Laboratory of
Molecular Biology and Cambridge University, and Stanford University.
More about his research group may be found at compbio.berkeley.edu.
Ph.D., is a professor of biophysics and group leader of the
biocomputing unit at the Inter-departmental Centre for
Biotechnological Researches at the University of Bologna, Italy.
Casadio has worked on biophysics in laboratories both in the US and
Germany. Her current research focuses on theoretical and
experimental membrane and protein biophysics. Presently she is
interested in computer modeling of relevant biological processes,
such as protein folding. This she applies to her research on the
application of neural networks to the prediction of secondary
structure of proteins from their residue sequences. More about her
research may be found at www.biocomp.unibo.it.
|Roderick Guigo |
Guigo, Ph.D., is a researcher at the Institut Municipal
d’Investigació Mèdica, an Associate Professor at the Universitat
Pompeu Fabra, and coordinator of the Bioinformatics Program at the
newly created Center for Genomic Regultaion in Barcelona. Guigo
obtained his Ph.D. in 1988 from the Universitat de Barcelona where
he worked at the Department of Statistics with advisor, Jordi Ocaña.
Guigo conducted postdoctoral research as a fellow with Temple F.
Smith at Harvard’s Molecular Biology Computer Research Resource.
Ongoing work with Smith includes several sequence analysis projects.
Guigo continued his postdoctoral research with Los Alamos National
Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group where he
worked on genome analysis with James W. Fickett. Following this,
Guigo returned to the Universitat de Barcelona where he worked in
the Department of Statistics. More about his research may be found
Neshich, Ph.D., is a structural bioinformatics group leader at
the Brazilian Enterprise for Research in Agriculture (EMBRAPA),
Informatica Agropeciam, Compines, Brazil. Neshich started his work
in structural bioinformatics while studying structure and function
relationship of the photosynthetic reaction center during his
graduate work done with Don DeVault at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. He conducted his postdoctoral research with Barry
Honig at Columbia University. Neshich is the principal author of
STING and the STING Millennium Suite, a popular software application
for presentation of macromolecular interactions, structure analysis,
and visualization. STING is accessible from the Protien Data Bank
(PDB), http://www.pdb.org/. He is
continuing to develop tools for comprehensive presentation of
physical-chemical properties of proteins (Protein Dossier) and
applying those to generate structure/function descriptors. His
latest initiative is developing the Protein Dossier to be suitable
for presentation of results obtained and used in drug and drug
target identification and chemogenomics. More about his research may
be found at http://www.cbi.cnptia.embrapa.br/.
Ranganathan, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biochemistry
and biological sciences at the National University of Singapore,
Singapore, Malaysia. Ranganathan’s research focuses on: protein
structure comparison, prediction and modeling and function
prediction; creation and mining of boutique databases for
computational biology and immunology; alternate splice variants and
intron-exon evolution; comparative genomics and organism-based
transcription regulation; and developing Grid computing applications
in bioinformatics. Ranganathan has served as the Vice President of
the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) since January
2000; and as the Secretary of S* Life Science Informatics Alliance
since July 2000. More about her research may be found at surya.bic.nus.edu.sg/shoba.
|Burkhard Rost |
Rost, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biochemistry and
molecular biophysics, Columbia University, New York, USA. Rost’s
research focuses on the prediction of protein structure and function
by combining means from simple statistics to artificial intelligence
and evolutionary information. His group is currently also working on
the following projects: to improve and extend the EValuation of
Automatic protein structure prediction (EVA) server to continuously
evaluate structure prediction; to improve methods to predict
secondary structure and solvent accessibility; to build a database
of predictions for entire genomes; and to predict structural domains
from sequence. More generally, his group attempts to shift focus
from predicting structure to predicting function. More about his
research may be found at cubic.bioc.columbia.edu.
The ISCB Board
of Directors consists of 30 members who lead committees on awards,
conferences, education, finance, nominations, and