18 July 2011

Dr Richard Durbin awarded Fellowship by the International Society for Computational Biology

Sanger Institute researcher is honoured for his work in computational biology and bioinformatics

Dr Durbin is one of four researchers to be honoured with a 2011 Fellowship by the International Society for Computational Biology for his contribution to the field of computational biology and bioinformatics.

Dr Durbin is one of four researchers to be honoured with a 2011 Fellowship by the International Society for Computational Biology for his contribution to the field of computational biology and bioinformatics. [Wellcome Library, London]

A leading researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Dr Richard Durbin, has been honored with a Fellowship by the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). The ISCB is the leading world-wide society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation by addressing scientific policies, providing access to high-quality publications, and serving as a portal to information about training, education, employment and news from related fields.

The ISCB Fellows program was created in 2009 to honour society members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. This year only four researchers from the 3,000 members in 70 countries were awarded Fellow status, bringing the total to 17.

"Honoring outstanding members through a class of Fellows is an important statement from the ISCB Board of Directors about the quality of researchers in our scientific community," said Burkhard Rost, ISCB President and Alexander von Humboldt Professor/Chair, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Sciences at Technical University Munich. "We received many excellent nominations from around the world, and we had no hesitation in selecting Dr Durbin for his outstanding work. We hope to continue to witness many more of his accomplishments in the years to come."

Richard was nominated for the award by members of the ISCB for his excellence in research and service to the ISCB community. His work has developed cutting-edge computational techniques and approaches to biological investigation for more than 25 years.

"This is a great surprise and honour. I deeply appreciate the recognition conferred by ISCB and its members," said Dr Durbin. "As DNA sequencing technology and computing power grows, the possibilities for genomic and biological investigation are astounding, and rely ever more heavily on computational methods and analysis. I am extremely grateful to be living through such interesting times, and to have such great colleagues at the Sanger Institute and around the world who are dedicated to delivering this potential."

" We received many excellent nominations and we had no hesitation in selecting Dr Durbin for his outstanding work. We hope to continue to witness many more of his accomplishments in the years to come. "

Burkhard Rost, President of the International Society for Computational Biology

Currently joint head of Human Genetics and leader of the Genome Informatics Group at the Institute, Richard was one of the first scientists to join the Sanger Institute in 1993 while also holding a joint appointment at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. During his tenure at the Institute, Dr Durbin has guided the growth of computational biology from the sequencing of the nematode worm in 1998 and the first human genome in 2002 to the vast computing and analytic demands of sequencing and mining the information from 10,000 genomes as part of the UK10K Project that he is now leading. He also coordinates the international 1000 Genomes Project which, in addition to providing a global view of human genetic variation, has been important in developing new algorithms and processing techniques to characterise human genetic variation using new technology sequencing data.

"Richard's work has been hugely influential in computing biology and the world-wide genomic community. I am delighted that his continuing research has received such recognition from the ISCB," said Professor Mike Stratton, Director of the Sanger Institute. "The analytical techniques he has developed throughout his career at the Institute have repeatedly driven forward genomic understanding. From helping the Institute to deliver the largest contribution to the Human Genome Project more than a decade ago to leading the ambitious 1000 Genomes Project, and now the UK10K Project, Richard has always worked at the forefront of this exciting area of research."

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