Two computational biology standouts honored

A pioneer and an up-and-comer in the field of computational biology have garnered awards from the International Society of Computational Biology. The first award, for a senior scientist in the field, went to Michael Ashburner of the University of Cambridge. Ashburner, a geneticist, found bioinformatics as a useful tool in comparing genetic sequences, according to an article in PLoS Computational Biology. Hailing from Princeton University, biomedical informatician Olga Troyanskaya won the ISCB's 2011 Overton Prize in honor of her work in applying machine learning and data mining to massive amounts of biological information in databases. Article