ISCB Student Council: Next Generation Computational Biologists

Welcome to the ISCB Student Council, the student organization of the International Society for Computational Biology.

Our mission is to promote the development of the next generation of computational biologists. We achieve our goal through provision of scientific events, networking opportunities, soft-skills training, educational resources and career advice, while attempting to influence policy processes affecting science and education. The Student Council website is a resource for the global computational biology student community and we allow you to get in touch with your peers and to find out about events and initiatives for computational biology students - no matter where in the world you are. If you have questions or comments don't hesitate to contact us.

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In July 2014 the International Society for Computational Biology Student Council celebrated its 10th anniversary. Over its ten years of operation, the Student Council has grown to over 2000 members thanks, in a large part, to its constituent of innovative and enthusiastic volunteers. These volunteers have worked hard to uphold the Student Council’s mission of “promoting the development of the next generation of computational biologists”. While many of the volunteers have not received any direct recognition for their contributions, each and every one of the Student Council members will attest that the reward lies in the skills and experience gained in being part of organising an event or activity.

However, to ensure that both the efforts of these student volunteers don't go unnoticed, and that their collective experiences could be shared with others, the Student Council put together a series of article documenting various aspects of the Student Council initiatives that PLOS Computational Biology is publishing in conjunction with ISCB. Many of the articles are now published and have been launched as a PLOS Collection.

Read more about the 'Stories from the road' article series and how it was put together on the PLOS blogs!

We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed our first keynote speaker: Prof. Ruth Nussinov (Professor and Senior Principal Investigator, National Cancer Institute and Tel Aviv University). Prof. Nussinov is one of the leading scientists in the Structural Computational Biology Field.

Ruth Nussinov’s algorithm for the prediction of RNA secondary structure is still the leading method. She proposed ‘Conformational Selection and Population Shift’ as an alternative to the textbook ‘Induced-Fit’ model in molecular recognition. Her recent studies unveiled the key role of allostery under normal conditions and in disease and the principles of allosteric drug discovery. She uncovered the structural basis for cancer signaling, and its mechanistic principles; predicted GTP-dependent K-Ras dimer structures and suggested that K-Ras4B dimerizes via two distinct interfaces and explained the consequences for Raf’s activation and MAPK signaling; elucidated calmodulin’s role in KRAS-driven adenocarcinomas; the critical role of oncogenic KRAS in the initiation of cancer through deregulation of the G1 cell cycle, and proposed a new view of Ras isoforms. This new view argues for multiple signaling states of palmitoylated Ras isoforms, such as K-Ras4A. This view questions the completeness and accuracy of small GTPase Ras isoform statistics in different cancer types and calls for reevaluation of concepts and protocols. Importantly, the multiple signaling states also call for reconsideration of oncogenic Ras therapeutics.

Dr. Nussinov serves as the Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Computational Biology and she is an elected Fellow of the Biophysical Society. She is a Highly Cited Researcher (ranking among the top 3000 researchers or 1% across all fields according to Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators, http://highlycited.com/ (link is external) "earning them the mark of exceptional impact").

[Source: https://ccr.cancer.gov/Cancer-and-Inflammation-Program/ruth-nussinov]

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Upcoming Events

Student Council Symposium 2016
Directly preceding ISMB 2016
8 July 2016
The Dolphin Hotel, Orlando, FL

European Student Council Symposium 2016
Directly preceding ECCB 2016
3 September 2016
The Hague, Netherlands

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

Recent tweets

The abstract submission deadline for has been extended to 12 July! https://t.co/gJWLRBGm9d https://t.co/WkWs5hvdDz
Big thank you to for sponsoring the networking event and several travel fellowships! https://t.co/fHfxjhOVgV
RT : RT : Call for travel fellowship application for is now open! https://t.co/ywnXlNTnQR https://t.co/OxqiE78fk7
Bioinformatics job opportunity: clinical sequencing data and modelling tumor evolution. Brenton lab https://t.co/xovOt6LfZZ
RT : come work in the Brenton lab - loads of clinical seq data and tumour evolution modelling https://t.co/2Aa7pBCECx

ISCB Student Council Shop

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Did you always want to get your own personal Student Council coffee mug or T-shirt? You can now buy these and many other Student Council-branded items in the ISCB Student Council Shop. Even better: At the same time you will be supporting our work! More ...