04 November 2003
Dr Santosh Mishra Appointed As Executive Director Of Bioinformatics Institute
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4 November 2003 For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE DR SANTOSH MISHRA appointed as EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BIOINFORMATICS INSTITUTE The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is pleased to announce that Dr Santosh K. Mishra has been appointed as the Executive Director of A*STAR's Bioinformatics Institute with effect from 1 November 2003. Dr Mishra brings to A*STAR more than 15 years of experience in computational biology. He received his doctorate degree in Biophysics from the State University of New York at Albany in 1986. Said Assoc Prof Kong Hwai Loong, "Dr Mishra's solid credentials both in the industry and in research will put him in good stead to bring the Bioinformatics Institute to the next level of excellence. He is well respected in the industry for his initiative and success in leading multidisciplinary efforts in bioinformatics. He has been instrumental in developing sophisticated information management tools to advance data validation in biomedical research. With his extensive international network and proven leadership qualities, we have every confidence that the Bioinformatics Institute will continue to evolve into a world-class centre of research to meet the needs of the scientific community in Singapore and Asia Pacific." Dr Mishra made significant contribution in the field of bioinformatics both in the industry sector and in the academia. He held several key appointments in leading international pharmaceutical companies. In his last appointment as Managing Director of the Lilly Systems Biology (Singapore), he initiated and played a key leadership role in the formation and development of the Lilly Systems Biology efforts in Singapore. He set up the Lilly Systems Biology Centre in Singapore and managed a multidisciplinary team of scientists and staff in the integration of data and information from multiple sources. His efforts at Lilly have resulted in the development and implementation of state-of-the-art information management tools, computational methods, and genomic capabilities for Lilly research scientists. His contribution has significantly influenced new gene discovery, target validation and the bio-product portfolio and most importantly, he put together a strong and solid bioinformatics team. He was a founding member of the bioinformatics division at SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals where he was primarily responsible for target identification using expressed sequence tags data. He also worked at the Washington University Genome Center briefly to work on the first human gene mapping project which led to the first successful "comprehensive" genetic map of the human genome. "It is with great excitement and enthusiasm; I look forward to my new role at the Institute to be able to build a premier Bioinformatics Institute in the Asia Pacific region by fostering and conducting leading-edge research and development from large volumes of biology and chemistry data. The Institute will provide high quality training in bioinformatics. I thank my Deputy Director, Dr. Gunaretnam Rajagopal for his contribution in building up the Institute from its inception." The Bioinformatics Institute conducts cutting-edge research in the development and application of computational techniques to understand the genome and protein data of human and model organisms. Since the inception of the Institute, Dr. Gunaretnam Rajagopal who will continue to serve as its Deputy Director, has provided much guidance and leadership. Today, the Institute has 82 multi-disciplinary and multi-national staff members. Amongst them, there are 14 Ph.D.s, 23 Masters and 37 Bachelors recruited from 10 countries and 3 continents. The Institute is also training 38 students in various aspects of bioinformatics and is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to nurture young talents and train teachers with the basics of the discipline. The Institute also serves as a National Resource and Support Centre for computational biology needs by providing repositories for biological data and applications, both from public domain as well as commercial organisations.

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