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March 14, 2024

Two Biozentrum researchers selected as International Society for Computational Biology Fellow

Two professors of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, and at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics have now been selected as new fellows of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB): Prof. Torsten Schwede, and Prof. Mihaela Zavolan. The announcement was made on March 8, 2024.

Prof. Torsten Schwede and Prof. Mihaela Zavolan.

Prof. Torsten Schwede

The ICSB honors Torsten Schwede, Professor of Structural Bioinformatics at the Biozentrum and Vice President for Research of the University of Basel, for his substantial contributions to computational biology through SWISS-MODEL, the first automated protein homology-modeling server, advancing our understanding of protein structure and fostering the use of computational models in life science research. Schwede's commitment to benchmarking and model quality assessment, with QMEAN and CAMEO, contributed to measuring progress in protein structure prediction. These developments formed groundwork for transformative technologies such as AlphaFold.

Prof. Mihaela Zavolan

The ICSB honors Mihaela Zavolan, Professor of Computational Biology at the Biozentrum, for her pioneering work in computational research into micro RNAs (miRNA), revealing their broad expression, and quantitatively prediction their interactions with target mRNAs. With a medical degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, her interdisciplinary background uniquely contributes to advancing computational biology. Her work includes algorithm development for miRNA gene and target prediction, innovations in CLIP methods for mapping RNA-protein interactions, as well as methods for unveiling the functions of RNA isoforms resulting from alternative polyadenylation. Zavolan's dedication to advancing both methodology and biological insights makes her a significant figure in the computational biology community. 

International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

The ISCB Fellows program is a prestigious recognition within the field of computational biology, honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline. These distinguished scientists and professionals have demonstrated exceptional leadership, research, and service, advancing the frontiers of computational biology and bioinformatics. Induction as an ISCB Fellow signifies a career of significant impact and a commitment to advancing the field.

Link: International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

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