Mathematics Professor Bonnie Berger honored with ISCB Senior Scientist Award

Bonnie Berger, the Simons Professor of Mathematics at MIT, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the International Society for Computational Biology Senior Scientist Award.

The annual award recognizes “highly significant, long-term career achievement,” in Berger’s case for visionary, foundational, and deep contributions to the field. ISCB is the premier society in computational biology and bioinformatics with 3,400 members. 

“It’s a tremendous honor to join such a distinguished and accomplished group of scientists,” said Berger, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

“Dr. Berger made fundamental contributions in diverse areas of bioinformatics, starting from important contributions in protein structure prediction in 1990s to founding the area of compressive genomics a few years ago,” said her nominator, Pavel Pevzner, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California at San Diego. “Her work combines algorithmic depth, biological relevance, practical utility, and broad applicability.” 

Berger will receive the award and give the Senior Scientist keynote at the ISMB/ECCB 2019 meeting this July in Basel, Switzerland.

Berger was also named an ISCB Fellow in 2012.

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