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 Stei—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.
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program annually hosts more than 12,000 scientists. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and the DNA Learning Center with programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu