Steven L. Salzberg
Dr. Steven Salzberg is a Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics, and Computer Science in the McKusick-
Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. From 2005-2011, he was the Horvitz
Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
at the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously he was Senior Director of Bioinformatics at The
Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), where he was involved in sequencing the genomes of the many
bacteria, including those used in the 2001 anthrax attacks. He contributed to the Human Genome Project
and co-founded the influenza virus sequencing project, the first large-scale survey of flu virus genomes. His
research group has developed many pioneering algorithms for gene finding, sequence alignment, and
genome assembly, and their open source software systems have been downloaded by thousands of scientific
laboratories around the globe.
Dr. Salzberg received his B.A., M.S., and M.Phil. degrees from Yale University, and his Ph.D. in Computer
Science from Harvard University. He joined the Computer Science Department at Johns Hopkins as an
Assistant Professor in 1989.
Dr. Salzberg has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific journal publications and two books. He also
writes a widely-read science column at Forbes magazine, http://blogs.forbes.com/stevensalzberg. He is a
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a past member of the
Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Biotechnology Information at NIH.