Data Science @ Stanford
Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at MIT, and Head of the Computation and Biology group at MIT’s Computer Science and AI Lab
Bonnie Berger is a professor of applied mathematics and computer science at MIT, and head of the Computation and Biology group at MIT’s Computer Science and AI Lab. She is a computational biologist who currently works on developing algorithms to efficiently store, access, and analyze large-scale biomedical data. After beginning her career working in algorithms at MIT, she was one of the pioneer researchers in the area of computational molecular biology and, together with the many students she has mentored, has been instrumental in defining the field. Berger has won numerous awards, including a National Science Foundation Career Award and the Biophysical Society’s Dayhoff Award for research. In 1999, Berger was named one of Technology Review’s inaugural TR100 as a top young innovator of the 21st century; in 2003, was elected a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery; and in 2010, received the RECOMB Test of Time Award. She was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, selected to give the Margaret Pittman Director’s Lecture at the NIH, and elected as a Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). She currently serves as vice president of the International Society for Computational Biology, as head of the steering committee for RECOMB, and on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Advisory Council. In addition, Berger is an associate member of the Broad Institute, a faculty member of Health Sciences and Technology, and affiliated faculty of Harvard Medical School.