International Symposium on Health Informatics and Bioinformatics
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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

 Dr.  Alex Bateman

Dr. Alex Bateman is the Head of Protein Sequence Resources at EMBL-EBI that includes world leading databases  including  UniProt,  Pfam,  Rfam,  TreeFam  and  MEROPSHe has led the development of the Pfam biological database and introduced the Rfam database of RNA families. He has also been involved in the use of Wikipedia for community-based annotation of biological databases.Dr. Bateman received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1997. He was awarded the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award in bioinformatics. Dr. Bateman was Executive Editor of the journal Bioinformatics from 2004 to 2012 and has also served as Editor of Nucleic Acids Research. In 2014, he was appointed one of the first Honorary Editors of Bioinformatics. As of 2015, Dr. Bateman also serves on the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Board of Directors.


Dr.  William R. Pearson


Dr. William R. Pearson is a professor and vice-chair of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Virginia. 

Dr. Pearson received his PhD in Biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  In 1983, he joined the faculty in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Virginia, and, while waiting to recruit his first graduate student, wrote the FASTP program for rapid protein similarity searches (working with David Lipman). FASTP evolved into FASTA, which revolutionized the process of making DNA and protein sequence comparisons by providing faster, more rigorous approaches and improved scoring techniques.  The FASTA text-based sequence format became a standard format in bioinformatics. FASTA is the second most widely used program for searching protein and DNA sequence databases. More recently, Dr. Pearson has become interested in more effective strategies for integrating sequence annotations into sequence alignments.  Dr. Pearson has published more than 75 articles and 23 book chapters. His 1988 PNAS paper co-authored with David Lipman, “Improved tools for Biological Sequence Comparison”, has been cited more than 10,000 times.
Dr. Pearson is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He speaks widely on bioinformatics topics, teaches a course in computational biology at the University of Virginia, has co-directed the CSHL Computational and Comparative Genomics course for 20 years, and participated in the Woods Hole Workshop on Molecular Evolution since 1995. He has mentored 8 postdoctoral fellows and 23 graduate students.