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Trey Ideker

Professor, Medicine, UC San Diego

Trey Ideker, Ph. D. is Professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego. He serves as Division Chief of Medical Genetics, Director of the National Resource for Network Biology and Director of the San Diego Center for Systems Biology, as well as being Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering and Computer Science and Member of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center. Ideker received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Molecular Biology under the supervision of Dr. Leroy Hood. He is a pioneer in assembling genome-scale measurements to construct network models of cellular processes and disease. His recent research activities include assembly of networks governing the response to DNA damage; development of the Cytoscape and NetworkBLAST software packages for biological network visualization and cross-species network comparison; and methods for identifying network-based biomarkers in development and disease. Ideker serves on the Editorial Boards for Bioinformatics and PLoS Computational Biology, is on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and the Institute for Systems Biology, and is a regular consultant for companies such as Monsanto and Mendel Biotechnology. He was named one of the Top 10 Innovators of 2006 by Technology Review magazine and was the recipient of the 2009 Overton Prize from the International Society for Computational Biology. His work has been featured in news outlets such as The Scientist, the San Diego Union Tribune, Forbes magazine and the New York Times.