Alfonso Valencia is director of the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute and the Life Sciences department at Barcelona Supercomputing Center. He is a professor for the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies and former president of the International Society for Computational Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid before completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.
His scientific research has focused on biomedical systems, using computational biology and bioinformatics methods. Valencia’s research group has produced systems for protein networks, systems biology, text and data mining, protein structure prediction, and more…with useful applications in cancer genomics, disease comorbidity, and epigenetics. These areas together form a basis for personalized medicine with the use of AI and computer modeling.
Valencia has also provided substantial leadership in his field, with positions as vice president and president of the International Society for Computational Biology and as a founding member of the organization.
He has been active in international consortia for his field of study, including the International Cancer Genome Consortium, the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium, Genecode/ENCODE, and the International Human Epigenomics Consortium. Valencia is also a co-executive editor for the journal, Bioinformatics.
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Alfonso Valencia is a Spanish biologist, ICREA Professor, current director of the Life Sciences department at Barcelona Supercomputing Center. and of Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute . From 2015-2018, he was President of the International Society for Computational Biology. His research is focused on the study of biomedical systems with computational biology and bioinformatics approaches.
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