Peer Bork

Peer Bork
Heidelberg (DEU)


Prof. Dr. Peer Bork is a senior group leader and joint head of the Structural and Computational Biology unit at EMBL, Heidelberg, where he also serves as strategic head of Bioinformatics. In addition, he holds an appointment at the Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. He has contributed immensely to shaping the field of computational biology through his work on function prediction, comparative analysis and data integration. His group has published over 670 research articles in international, peer-reviewed journals, among them more than 65 in Nature, Science and Cell. Prof. Bork was for many years the most cited European researcher in Molecular Biology and Genetics according to ISI Web of Science, and is among the top 5 researchers in Biochemistry and Biology. He serves as a senior editor of the journal Molecular Systems Biology and is an editorial board member of a number of reputable journals, including Science. As a further evidence of his impact in science, he has co-founded five successful biotech companies, two of which went public.

Prof. Bork has received several awards for his scientific achievements. These include the Nature Award for Creative Mentoring for his achievements in nurturing and stimulating young scientists - indeed, more than 35 of his former associates now hold professorships or other group leader positions in prominent institutions all over the world – and the Royal Society and Academie des Science Microsoft Award for the advancement of science using computational methods. He recently received the Felix Burda Award for Medicine and Science for his work on colorectal cancer screening using microbial markers. Furthermore, he was already twice recipient of the competitive European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant.

Prof. Bork received his PhD in Biochemistry (1990) and his Habilitation in Theoretical Biophysics (1995).

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