17/07/2015 - 12:00 - Sala Marie Curie

The evolution of Class II Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases and the first code(s)

Scientific sessions, PRBB CRG Conferences

Temple Smith

Biomolecular Engineering Research Center. Boston, USA

Temple F. Smith, from the Biomolecular Engineering Research Center in Boston, US, is interested in the syntactic and semantic structure of the genetic information in biomolecular sequences, structures, and their evolution.

He is a university professor in biomedical engineering, and a pioneer in the field of Bioinformatics. He helped to develop the Smith-Waterman algorithm with Michael Waterman in 1981. The Smith-Waterman algorithm serves as the basis for sequence comparisons (DNA, RNA or proteins), which are at the core of most bioinformatics methods. He also contributed to the establishment of the first biomolecular sequence databases.  He created in 1985 one of the first bioinformatics departments in the world, the Molecular Biology Computer Research Resource (MBCRR) at the Dana Farber Cancer Insitute (Harvard University). He was director of the BioMolecular Engineering Research Center at Boston University for twenty years and is now Professor Emeritus.

He has been invited by Roderic Guigó (CRG).