Genome Technology’s Institute of the Year is “Long Island’s Genomics Gem”

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Researcher Named Most Innovative in Bioinformatics

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, was named “Institute of the Year” in the November/December issue of Genome Technology, which called the Laurel Hollow research and educational powerhouse “Long Island’s Genomics Gem.” Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Associate Professor Lincoln Stein was named “Most Innovative in Bioinformatics,” in the same issue.

It was Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s “share of star genomics scientists” – including Stein – that pushed the century-old institution to the head of its class. One reader wrote “Need I say more?” after listing RNA interference (RNAi) pioneer Greg Hannon, Arabidopsis expert Rob Martienssen, cancer genomics researcher Mike Wigler and other Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists in his nomination.

In addition, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was recognized for its history of genetics research that spans back to 1900, its recent advances in genomics, and its broad research and educational mission.

Stein, who began work on bioinformatics in the late 1980s, started breaking ground in the field even when most scientists were still tied to their lab benches. Today he develops genome databases, working on the International HapMap Project, Wormbase, the Gramene Database for rice and monocots, the Genome Knowledgebase and The Plant Ontology Consortium simultaneously. He dreams of creating a “bioinformatics Google” where you type in a gene and access everything there is to know about it.

The journal’s honors are based upon nominations from Genome Technology readers, which include more than 20,000 professional scientists, researchers, technologists and managers in advanced science research in drug discovery, molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and allied disciplining. For more information, visit www.genome-technology.com.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, non-profit basic research institution. Under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Stillman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), some 300 scientists at the Laboratory conduct groundbreaking research in cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics, and bioinformatics. For additional information, call (516) 367-8455, or visit the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory website at www.cshl.edu.