The ISCB Student Council and its RSGs are supported by various committees in their activities. There are currently five active committees:

Outreach and Volunteer Committee

The Outreach and Volunteer Committee of the Student Council is responsible for keeping the members of the ISCB and the Student Council up to date on our work. Beyond that, the Outreach and Volunteer Committee is planning and implementing all activities related to the promotion of the Student Council outside the ISCB and related to membership recruitment.

Committee Co-Chairs

Nazeefa Fatima, Evolutionary Genetics Research Group, University of Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom

Alexander JungeCenter for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health (RTH), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Susanne HermansCentre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics (CMBI), Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Pankhuri Wanjari, Bioinformatics Program, The University of Texas at El Paso, Texas, USA

Melissa Woghiren, Computer Science Program, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Numrah Fadra, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA


Education and Internships Committee

The Education and Internship Committee's core task is to promote educational initiatives among Student Council and Regional Student Group members by setting up a global student network which that brings together students to discuss and learn.

We aim to provide a forum where computational biology and bioinformatics students worldwide will be able to freely voice their opinions on education issues. We plan to address relevant issues by presenting them to educators and education policy makers either directly or through committees of the ISCB.

Beyond this the Education and Internship Committee is compiling collections of educational and career resources for students at different stages of their career. Further responsibilities of the committee include the operation of the Student Council internship program and organization of career-related events at conferences such as ISMB and ECCB.

Committee Chair

Emre Guney, Centre for Complex Network Reseach, Northeastern University, Boston, USA


Anupama Jigisha, Systems Biology Ireland, University College Dublin, Ireland

Alberto Santos, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Farzana Rahman, University of South Wales

Pandurang Kolekar, Strand Life Sciences, Bangalore, India


Finance Committee

The Finance committee aims to create sufficient funds able to support the activities and growth of the Student Council. This includes events such as the Student Council Symposium and funding opportunities for Regional Student Groups and general operations. They are responsible for recruiting sponsors, grants and other funding opportunities. As well as creating and maintaining the budget.

Committee Chair

Jakob Berg Jespersen, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, USA and Center for Biological Sequence analysis, Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


Ashley Mae Conard, Center for Computational and Molecular Biology, Computational Biology PhD Program, Brown University, USA

Nanne Aben, Computational Cancer Biology, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Alex Salazar, The Delft Bioinformatics Lab, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


RSG Committee

The Regional Student Group Committee was set up in 2008 by the Student Council to oversee and coordinate the activities of RSGs across the world. The RSG Committee serves as a channel for communication between the Student Council and the RSGs. 

RSG leaders interested in joining the RSG Committee please contact

Committee Chair

Sayane ShomeIowa State University


Vice Chairs


Ashwani, UT South Western Medical Center (RSG Asia)

Yassine Souilmi, Harvard Medical School (RSG Africa)

Farzana Rahman, University of South Wales (RSG Europe)

Gonzalo Parra, Harvard Medical School (RSG Latin America)


Web Committee

The main task of this committee is to maintain and develop the web infrastructure of the Student Council. At the moment we are developing and maintaining the ISCB Student Council portal and the Student Council symposium web site.

Committee Chairs

Dan DeBlasio, Department of Computer Science, University of Arizona, USA

Mehedi Hassan, University of South Wales


Stefan Naulaerts, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Nazeefa Fatima, Evolutionary Genetics Research group, University of Huddersfield

Melissa Woghiren,  

Moira Lasserre,  



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Latin America Student Council Symposium 2016
Directly preceding ISCB-LA 2016
19 November 2016
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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