Biosketch: Alfonso Valencia
Prof. Valencia is Director of the Life Sciences Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, ICREA Research Professor and Director of Spanish Bioinformatics Institute (INB-ISCIII), the Spanish node of the European Bioinformatics Infrastructure ELIXIR.
Alfonso Valencia is a biologist with formal training in population genetics and biophysics which he received from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He was awarded his PhD in 1988 at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He was a Visiting Scientist at the American Red Cross Laboratory in 1987 and from 1989-1994 was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the laboratory of Chris Sander at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany. In 1994 Alfonso Valencia set up the Protein Design Group at the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid where he was appointed as Research Professor in 2005. From 2006 to 2017 he was Director of the Structural Biology and Biocomputing Programme of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and between 2012 and 2017 ViceDirector of Basic Research.
Valencia is a Computational Biologist interested in the analysis of large collection of genomic information with particular emphasis in the study of protein interaction networks applied to (epi)genomics, cancer biology and precision medicine. His group develops applications in the area of text mining in the area of biology and biomedicine.
Alfonso Valencia has published more than 300 articles with Google Scholar profile has an h-index of 81, i10 of 252). His group participates in various international consortiums including GENCODE/ENCODE, BLUEPRINT/IHEC (epigenomics), RD-Connect/IRDiRC (rare diseases), CLL/ICGC (cancer genomics).
Alfonso Valencia served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory; the Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics, Biozentrum, Basel; the INTERPRO and EBI Chemical database; The IRB/Barcelona; The UPF/Barcelona, the Bioinformatics Unit of the Curie Institute, Paris; the Spanish Grant Evaluation Agency (ANEP); as well as the Steering Committee of the European Science Foundation Programme on Functional Genomics (2006-2011) among others.
Prof. Valencia is President of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). Prof. Valencia is Executive Editor of the main journal in the field since 2006 (“Bioinformatics” OUP) and Professor Honoris Causa of the Danish Technical University - DTU.
Alfonso Valencia is a founder and current member of the steering committee of the BioCreative text mining challenge, where he has emphasized particularly the importance of text mining in the connection between Molecular Biology and Chemistry.