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 Chairs

Alexander Junge, Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health (RTH), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Alexandre Borrel, Department of Chemistry, Bioinformatics Research Center, North Carolina State University, USA


Nazeefa Fatima, University of Huddersfield, UK

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

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

Susanne Hermans, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

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


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 Research, Northeastern University, Boston, USA


Anupama Jigisha, Systems Biology Ireland, University College Dublin, Ireland Farzana Rahman, University of South Wales, UK
Alberto Santos, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Nazeefa Fatima, University of Huddersfield, UK

Pandurang Kolekar, Strand Life Sciences, Bangalore, India


Finance Committee

The Finance committee creates and maintains the budget to support the activities of the Student Council, for example, the Student Council Symposium, funding opportunities for Regional Student Groups (RSGs), and general operations. The committee is also responsible for recruiting sponsors, grants, and other funding opportunities.

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 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

Committee Co-chair

Sayane Shome, Iowa State University, USA Ashwani, UT South Western Medical Center (RSG Asia)

Vice Chairs

Candice Rafael, Research Unit for Bioinformatics (RUBi), Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa (RSG Africa) Alexander M. MonzonNational University of Quilmes, Argentina (RSG Latin America)
Bart CuypersMolecular Parasitology Unit, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium & Advanced Database Research and Modeling group (ADReM), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium (RSG Europe)  Ben SiranosianBroad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA, USA​ (RSG-USA)


Web Committee

The main task of our committee is to maintain and develop the web infrastructure of the Student Council. We are currently developing and maintaining the ISCB Student Council portal and the Student Council symposium websites.

Committee Chairs

Mehedi Hassan, University of South Wales, UK Aziz Khan, Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM), University of Oslo, Norway


Alexander M. Monzon,  National University of Quilmes, Argentina Nagarajan Raju, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA
Dan DeBlasio, Computational Biology Department, Carnegie Mellon University, USA Nazeefa Fatima, University of Huddersfield
Pieter Meysman, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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

Moira Lasserre  

Spencer Krieger, University of Arizona, USA



Upcoming Events

13th Student Council Symposium
Directly preceding ISMB/ECCB 2017
21 July 2017
Prague, Czech Republic

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