Advisory Board and Editors Computational Biology

Hossein Khiabanian

Hossein is an Assistant Professor of Pathology in the Division of Medical Informatics at Rutgers Cancer of Institute of New Jersey. His group develops novel analytical methods to understand the underlying genetics of human diseases and the molecular epidemiology of disease-causing organisms using high-throughput genomic data. The group is especially interested in studying tumor clonal evolution, and identifying prognostic markers in cancer, particularly in hematological malignancies. Hossein received his Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University, where he studied galaxy clusters and dark matter structures, using weak gravitational lensing. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was a member of the faculty in the Department Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University.

Carl Kingsford

Associate Professor, Computational Biology Department, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, and Co-Associate Director, Joint CMU-Pitt Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology

Abhishek Kumar

Researcher focusing on computational genomics with current interests in genetics, genomics and trancriptomics specially fungi, insects and vertebrates. Current research interests as following
1. Research Area #1: Application of genomics to human diseases
2. Research Area #2: Genomics of drug-like molecules from fungi
3. Research Area #3: Evolutionary Genomics
4. Research Area #4: Biodiversity Genomics

Lukasz Kurgan

Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Research interests in the development and applications of high throughput computational methods in structural bioinformatics with focus on protein-ligand interactions, intrinsic disorder, and microRNAs. Area editor for structural bioinformatics of the BMC Bioinformatics, and member of editorial boards of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, PLoS ONE, Neurocomputing and Protein and Peptide Letters journals.

Nikos C Kyrpides

Dr. Kyrpides is the Head of the Prokaryotic Super Program and the Microbiome Data Science Group at the DOE Joint Genome Institute. Prior to joining the JGI, Dr. Kyrpides led the development of the genome analysis and Bioinformatics core at Integrated Genomics Inc. in Chicago, IL. He did his postdoctoral studies with Carl Woese at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and with Ross Overbeek at the Argonne National Laboratory. He received the van Niel International Prize for Studies in Bacterial Systematics (2011-2014); Elected Fellow: AAM

Julia Kzhyshkowska

1997: PhD Cancer Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow.
1997-2001: Postdoc at the University of Regensburg
2001-2007: Junior group leader/PI and lecturer, University of Heidelberg.
2007- 2010:Senior group leader/PI and senior lecturer, University of Heidelberg
2010-2013: Professor, head of the Lab for Cellular and Molecular Biology of Innate Immunity;
2013-permanent: Professor, head of Department for Innate Immunity and Tolerance, University of Heidelberg.

Hilmar Lapp

I am the Assistant Director for Informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). In this role I am involved with and have helped initiate many of the Center’s cyberinfrastructure initiatives aimed at grass-roots community capacity buildimg in informatics, including the Center's hackathon program and Google Summer of Code™ (GSoC) participation. I am co-PI of the NSF-funded Phenoscape project on ontological annotation of evolutionary phenotype observations, co-convener of the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Interest Group on Phylogenetics Standards, senior personnel in the Dryad digital data repository for data supporting scientific publications, and a participant in the Data Integration and Semantics Working Group of DataONE.

Before joining NESCent, I worked for almost 10 years in functional genome informatics in the biopharmaceutical industry sector, where among other things I built SymAtlas, one of the first decidedly gene-centric database integrating genome annotation databases with gene function data.

Timo Lassmann

Head of computational biology and the genetics and rare disease program at the Telethon Kids Institute. Interested in sequence analysis, large scale data integration and medical genomics. Past: RIKEN, Karolinska Institute, King's College London.

Gerard R. Lazo

Geneticist; Crop Improvement and Genetics Research Unit, Agricultural Research Service, Western Regional Research Center, Albany, CA USA.

Tim P Levine

Tim Levine trained first as a medic then moved into membrane cell biology, and then into intracellular lipid traffic. He showed that inter-organellar contacts are important sites for non-vesicular traffic inside cells. This was part of a revolution in our understanding of intracellular organelles. For over 40 years previously membrane contact sites had been largely ignored or dismissed as artefacts. Tim initially found a lipid transfer protein that localised to a contact site, and showed that it bound to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) protein VAP via a motif he named the FFAT motif. FFAT motifs are present in several other lipid transfer proteins leading Tim to propose that FFAT-motif proteins would act at contact sites by binding simultaneously to both the ER and another membrane. By improving the definition of FFAT-like motifs, Tim showed they are present in numerous other proteins, facilitating molecular research of many contact site components. Tim organised the first two conferences on contact sites in 2005 and 2011, linking advances in lipid traffic to those in calcium traffic to bring together these overlapping sub-disciplines.

Tim has also used remote homology tools to identify a new family of lipid transfer proteins anchored at contact sites, and highlighted the power of these tools through specific examples and a ‘How-To’ guide.

Suzanna E. Lewis

Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Joint winner, American Association for the Advancement of Science Newcomb Cleveland Prize for best paper of the year: "The genome sequence of D. melanogaster."

Jingyi Jessica Li

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics and Department of Human Genetics at University of California, Los Angeles. I am also a faculty member in the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program in Bioinformatics and a member in the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) Gene Regulation Research Program Area. Prior to joining UCLA, I obtained my Ph.D. degree from the Interdepartmental Group in Biostatistics at University of California, Berkeley, where I worked with Profs Peter J. Bickel and Haiyan Huang. I received my B.S. (summa cum laude) from Department of Biological Sciences and Technology at Tsinghua University, China in 2007.